Building Information Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS

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Course summary

Overview Building Information Modelling (BIM) is transforming the way we design, build and maintain modern structures. On this MSc Building Information Management, you'll master the software, technology and theories you need to keep up with this new industry standard. You'll also study construction law, finance and strategic project management, before bringing your learning together in a focused project of your own design. With many countries, including the UK, mandating the use of BIM in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries, there's a global demand for your skills. Not only will you be well-placed to secure a job in the AEC sphere, there's evidence that, as a BIM graduate, you could see a 40% improvement on your salary expectations. You'll also be set to follow careers in higher education, the arts, conservation or management. You can start this course in October (full time, part time or part time by distance learning) or January (part time by distance learning only). Accredited by: The University of Portsmouth holds CIOB Accredited Centre Status during the period 2022-2027 and MSc Building Information Management is a CIOB Accredited programme (subject to conditions) during the period 2022-2027, having been judged to meet the CIOB Education Framework. Prospective members holding these qualifications have full academic exemption and once they have gained three to five years’ relevant work experience may enter CIOB membership as an applicant to progress towards Chartered Membership without the requirement for an Individual Assessment. What you'll experience On this course, you'll:

  • Integrate data management and construction management with BIM design principles, using industry-standard software from Revit to AutoCAD, on one of the UK's longest-running university BIM courses
  • Learn from visiting professionals in BIM management organisations such as Sweco, AECOM and Hoare Lea, and attend University-organised networking events with the construction industry
Careers and opportunities As a graduate of this BIM degree, you'll be an ideal candidate for management roles in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. You'll have studied the mandatory BIM technologies, systems and software you'll be using in your career, such as Revit and Novisworks, and had access to networking opportunities through the University's connections to AEC professionals. ArchDaily finds that the understanding of BIM you'll develop on this course is worth a 40% salary boost in the sector, which it predicts will be worth $10.7 billion by 2026. What can you do with a Building Information Management degree? Graduates typically go on to pursue careers in:
  • BIM Manager
  • BIM Coordinator
  • Digital lead
Our previous graduates have gone on to work for organisations including:
  • Mott Macdonald
  • Arcadis
  • Sweco
After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career. "[This course] has given me the opportunity to be a BIM Manager. I plan to work for at least a year in the UK after I finish my postgraduate study … after that I plan to have my own practice in the Dominican Republic, providing services I will learn through this course." Giancarlo Beato, MSc Building Information Management


Core modules in this course include:

  • BIM Theory and Practice
  • Construction Law, Contracts and Dispute Resolution
  • General Management
  • Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management
  • Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment
  • Strategic Management
  • Dissertation
Changes to course content We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies. Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

  • individual coursework
  • group project
  • individual presentations
  • group presentations
  • reports
  • individual project or dissertation
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark. You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • Chartered Institute of Building

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a technical or analytical discipline (Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Civil, Surveying, Project Management). Exceptionally, applicants from non-technical/analytical disciplines but with proven and substantiated experience in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) fields will be considered.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedCambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
TOEFL (iBT)7979 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £3470 Year 1
England £3470 Year 1
Northern Ireland £3470 Year 1
Scotland £3470 Year 1
Wales £3470 Year 1
Channel Islands £3470 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £3470 Year 1
International £6400 Year 1

Additional fee information

Students who are resident in EU countries: please note that the net fee is inclusive of the Transition Scholarship. Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.
Building Information Management at University of Portsmouth - UCAS