The construction sector is a major part of the UK economy and any centrally procured project will require Building Information Modelling (BIM) compliance. Yet there is a shortage of well qualified graduates who are capable of the efficient coordination of processes, workflows, people, assets and technology that BIM requires. This Masters degree was designed to meet that demand.
BIM is a process involving the structured sharing and coordination of digital and non-digital information about a building project throughout its entire lifecycle, from design to procurement, construction and operation and management stage, all the way through to demolishment.
Middlesex University is the only institution in the UK to offer a work based Masters in this subject area and aims to produce practitioners with a qualification to be employed in a Management role in BIM projects. You will gain a critical awareness of contemporary BIM issues informed by technology, research and management skills in standard and unpredictable scenarios.
The course is specifically aimed at experienced professionals who will be expected to manage BIM projects. These will include people from the following sectors:
Many students choosing to study MSc Building Information Modelling Management will be practitioners in full-time employment and this course has been designed to be flexible around your work and life commitments. You will be able to complete the course part-time through Distance Learning over two years. However, it's possible to complete the course in 12 months with the full-time study option, depending on how much time you can commit to the course.
If you do not wish to study the full MSc, you can apply to the PGDip where you study only four modules or a PGCert where you study only two modules.
This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of BIM technical issues which is the core requirement for managing BIM processes. You will explore the integration of information models comprising of 3D models, graphical and non-graphical data along with their database systems and documentation. You will learn the best practices for coordinating technical teams from various disciplines to create models. You will also acquire skills for research issues related to newly emergent BIM practices and processes, and develop skills for reviewing, critically analysing, reporting and presenting these issues.
This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of BIM operational and administrative issues. You will gain the ability to assess risks, manage quality control, and assess costs, budgets and project time phasing. You will learn the best practices for coordinating operational teams utilising BIM Models and data, updating acquisition of data between them, and aiding the smooth operation of construction procedures, facilities management and maintenance of a building. You will also acquire skills for research issues related to newly emergent BIM practices and processes, and develop skills for reviewing, critically analysing, reporting and presenting these issues.
This module aims to enhance your knowledge and understanding of BIM strategic issues. You will gain the ability to forecast risks, design protocols and quality assurance, assess budget planning, and foresee financial and commercial benefits of implementing BIM on an organisational level. You will learn the best practices for the creation of teams from different disciplines, defining organisational structure and roles within the BIM process, according to the adoption strategy of the organisation.
You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.
Lectures, presentations and tutorials will all take place online, and all the documents and materials needed will be available on the university intranet. Webinars will be given by both academics and industry professionals and will be interactive, with opportunities for discussions, questions and answers. Webinars will be held at times which suit your availability.
A series of online guest presentations run alongside the modules and you will be expected to engage and participate in the discussions that follow. You will also attend a summer school, between the second and third module, to discuss the issues raised and reflect on the online presentations. This also provides the opportunity for research training and proposal preparation as those who complete the first two modules and wish to complete the full Masters qualification will need to submit a thesis proposal following the summer school.
Although there are no exams, you will be assessed on your thesis and other coursework, including design projects, case study critical analysis reports, presentations and your contribution to the course e-journal, which could include conference papers. Case studies can either be projects provided by the university, or real-life examples you've come across in your career to date.
Students will be asked to give feedback on each other's work, and you will also be asked to self-assess and evaluate your own work to look at the skills and knowledge you've acquired, your strengths and weaknesses, and areas where you're looking to develop. Some assessed work will be done in groups.
Design and BIM Director, Brookfield Multiplex Middlesex East
Currently BIM has not fully captured the Middle Eastern market. Although technology has advanced, skills gap and lack of direction of standards remain an issue in the market. As I am an international student from Middle East where BIM awareness is currently low and confusing multiple standards and practices are followed, I had to struggle initially till I joined this course. But within the first quarter of the course I have managed get a good insight on structured BIM management and its professional application. Now I have started to put into practice what I learnt from this course.
BAM Construct UK
BIM Manager, WSP Group
Director at Outsource ATS Ltd / BIM Model Manager, PM Group, Ireland
Principal Consultant, Excitech Ltd
Peter K Foster Jnr
Head of BIM Implementation, Premier Interlink (WACO UK Ltd)
Manager Space Planning & CAD Solutions, ISS Facility Services Ltd t/a Integrated Solutions
CAD Manager, Heatherwick Studio
Lead BIM Coordinator, Laing O'Rourke
BIM Manager, Clancy Consulting Ltd
Senior Design Technician, Waldeck Consulting
The webinars have all been very informative, with particular highlights for me being the presentations from Skanska and Balfour Beaty giving an insight into how they are tackling their BIM projects, these presentations have been a great aid and influence to how we are shaping our approach to BIM projects also.
The E Journals have been one of the key sources of my knowledge improvement and gleaning insights from the rest of my peers within my group has been invaluable. We have had regular chances to provide course feedback and can see that by giving us the opportunity to voice our concerns etc it is because there is a clear objective to continue to shape and improve the course for us all, which is great. Keep up the good work and I look forward to being part of the first Cohort on this course at it moves forward. On a whole I would definitely recommend this course to others.