Online course details
Part-time: 2-3 years
Online course description
With changes in UK legislation and ever-growing technological advancements, our online Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Project Collaboration MSc is more relevant than ever. The construction sector is expanding at an exponential rate with digital collaboration being at the forefront of project management.
BIM is a key part of the UK government's industrial strategy Construction 2025, which aims to increase productivity and collaboration through the use of digital technologies. It is a requirement that all public sector projects based in the United Kingdom will meet BIM Level 2.
The MSc Building Information Modelling and Project Collaboration online degree has been developed specifically for architects, architectural technologists, design and project managers, construction managers, civil engineers and other construction professionals. You will be able to draw on the extensive industrial links of our academic staff within a university that has Centre of Excellence Status from the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT). Our on-campus version of this masters course has attained, for the second year running, 100% student satisfaction (PTES 2018).
A cutting edge approach to BIM-enabled design
This programme’s approach to BIM-enabled integrated design is at the forefront of the industry, drawing on work-based and real-life projects using the latest technology coupled with continued mentoring and support from experienced academics who also practice in the industry.
You will be able to draw inspiration from – and take part in – industry-leading research and consultancy projects being undertaken by our lecturers, such as the work pioneered by Dr Boris Ceranic on projects such as SmartPoD and Retro-Tek. The quality of teaching staff is paralleled by our innovative blend of design management, sustainable design analysis and advanced modelling.
Aspiring to become a chartered BIM professional?
Through the combination of online distance learning and work-based learning, you can achieve the academic qualification and professional development required as evidence in your application for chartered status.
Before you start the programme, please contact the professional body or institute that you are registered with to seek their confirmation that this programme is a suitable pathway to chartership for your particular circumstances. The list of professional bodies can be found on the Engineering Council website.
We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.
What you can achieve
The online Building Information Modelling and Project Collaboration programme comprises three progressive stages: postgraduate certificate (PG Cert), postgraduate diploma (PG Dip) and masters (MSc). You will be required to achieve 60 credits to complete each award within the programme, totalling to 180 credits to achieve the MSc.
We would encourage you to complete the full MSc, but if you prefer, you can still gain an exit award at each stage: a PG Cert or a PG Dip. You can also complete the MSc via a two-year accelerated route.
You can also study the MSc Building Information Modelling and Project Collaboration full-time or part-time on campus.
Pace of study
We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.
This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.
You will normally be expected to have an Architectural, Civil Engineering or other Built Environment first degree BEng, with a 2.2 or above, or a professional qualification of equal standing and relevant industrial experience
If you don’t have a degree, we can consider your application if supported by significant industrial experience. Please include evidence of all experience you have in your application.
Before you join this masters degree, you should contact the membership department of your professional body to ensure that they will recognise this programme as part of your application for chartered status.
English language qualifications
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification*. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
- IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in any areas)*
- TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)
- Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
- Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
- London Tests of English: we accept level 5 for postgraduate courses
- International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
- International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.*
*If you have a minimum of IELTS level 4.5 you can study our Certificate of Credit in English for Academic Purposes which we will accept as evidence that you are able to perform at a suitable level of IELTS 6.0. We will also accept the Certificate of Credit as evidence that you can perform at GCSE level.
Documents to support your application
You'll need to provide:
- Photo ID – this could be your passport or driving licence
- Current CV
- Written reference supplied on headed paper from either a manager, supervisor, tutor or teacher
- Copies of certificates and transcripts or a letter of testimony for previous qualifications*
*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:
- Confirmation from the translator that it is an accurate translation of the original document
- The date of the translation
- The full name and signature of the translator, or an authorised official of the company
- The translator’s contact details
A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.
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||8 (two 10-credit modules, five 20-credit modules and one 60-credit module)
† Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
Flexible payment plans available
Choose from three options:
Pay monthly and only for the modules you are studying
Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases
Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount (September enrolment only)
Masters funding options
Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for a postgraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to help with living costs and tuition fees whilst studying your masters programme.
Students should apply directly to the University.
You can look forward to a wide range of BIM and Project Collaboration-related career opportunities in the design, technical consultancy and management of built environment, as BIM managers, BIM leads or BIM coordinators. Furthermore, you could take on many different types of roles with central and local government, property developers, building contractors, housing associations, retail enterprises and manufacturing companies.
You could also consider further study and research towards a PhD qualification.
Dr Boris Ceranic
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Prices correct for 2019/20 new students. Subject to potential annual increase in September 2020.
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