The construction sector is a major part of the UK economy and any centrally procured project will require Business 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.
We are 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 this masters 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.
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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.
More information about this course
See the course specification for more information about typical course content outside of the coronavirus outbreak:
Optional modules are usually available at levels 5 and 6, although optional modules are not offered on every course. Where optional modules are available, you will be asked to make your choice during the previous academic year. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, or there are staffing changes which affect the teaching, it may not be offered. If an optional module will not run, we will advise you after the module selection period when numbers are confirmed, or at the earliest time that the programme team make the decision not to run the module, and help you choose an alternative module.
We are regularly reviewing and updating our programmes to ensure you have the best learning experience. We are taking what we've learnt during the pandemic and enhancing our teaching methods with new and innovative ways of learning. Please regularly check this section of the course page for updates.
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 if you wish to complete the full MSc, 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 coursework, including design projects, case study critical analysis reports, presentations, your contribution to the course e-journal, which could include conference papers, and thesis if you continue for the full MSc. 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.
We have developed new approaches to teaching and learning.
We've learned a lot about how to give you a quality education - we aim to combine the best of our pre-pandemic teaching and learning with access to online learning and digital resources which put you more in charge of when and how you study. We will keep you updated on this throughout the application process.
We’ll use technology to enhance all of your learning and give you access to online resources to use in your own time.
The table below gives you an idea of what learning looks like across a typical week.
You'll receive full information on your teaching before you start your course.
Learning structure: typical hourly breakdown
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Outside of these hours, you’ll be expected to do independent study where you read, listen and reflect on other learning activities. This can include preparation for future classes. In a year, you’ll typically be expected to commit 600 hours to your course across all styles of learning.
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You have a strong support network available to you to make sure you develop all the necessary academic skills you need to do well on your course.
Our support services will be delivered online and on campus and you have access to a range of different resources so you can get the help you need, whether you’re studying at home or have the opportunity to come to campus.
You have access to one to one and group sessions for personal learning and academic support from our library and IT teams, and our network of learning experts. Our teams will also be here to offer financial advice, and personal wellbeing, mental health and disability support.
Graduates from this course will be qualified and expected to take on a managerial role in Business Information Modelling construction projects either on a technical, operational or strategic level within an organisation.
Examples are Model managers, BIM coordinators, BIM managers and BIM directors from any stakeholder's side whether the consultant, contractor, client etc. Graduates will have highly specialised technical, analytical and collaborative operational and strategic decision-making skills that are much sought after qualities due to the novelty of the area of concern worldwide.
The course content is enriched by keeping industrial engagement and collaboration active, and the availability of sponsored projects. This will help reveal current opportunities and future trends in relevant employment sectors.
Dr Shayesteh joined Middlesex University in March 2017 and is currently part of the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes. She is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Bartlett, UCL where she studied and worked prior to joining Middlesex from 2001 to 2017. She was part of the delivery team of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 3 strategy with the UK Government Department of Business Innovation and Skills, contributing to the Digital Built Britain government strategy document. Her research interest lies in applied data-driven approaches to sustainable architecture, urbanism and from the users' point of view.
Dr Yang joined the academic team for BIM Management MSc, and Architectural Technology BSc programmes in June 2016. As a Chartered Engineer and Committee member for the CIBSE Intelligent Buildings Group, she is engaged in effective communication between academics and practical professionals, and promoting state-of-art building science and technology through international collaboration.
Design and BIM Director, Brookfield Multiplex Middlesex East
I won the award for Excellence in BIM Implementation on behalf of my company. Since I personally in charge of BIM implementation and managing all aspects of BIM it gives me a lot of energy going forward. Although I have started the BIM implementation process in 2008, I must say this course helped me a lot for structuring the workflow and finally recognizing through an award!
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
I feel that I landed my new role as BIM Manager as a result of my studies on the MSc course. The interviewers commented that they were surprised that I was able to provide answers to all of their questions. They had seen many candidates without a broad knowledge. Thanks for your support and for producing such a great course. I think it is responding exactly to the requirements of the current market.
BIM Manager, WSP Group
The mix of collaborative learning and lectures from highly respected industry and university professionals provides an environment to critically analyse and challenge current working practices inherent within the construction industry. The course format is flexible and contains room for sharing knowledge between students in addition to the very thorough materials and lectures. Whilst technology is discussed in depth, this course is definitely not a software focused BIM course and covers all aspects of a construction project's life-cycle.
This course has already helped me implement new and improved workflows within my employer and has also helped me educate more junior members of staff in matters relating to Building Information Modelling and related subjects.
The course leadership come from varied backgrounds with extensive knowledge of the subject matter. I would highly recommend the MSc course at Middlesex University to aspiring construction professionals with an interest in BIM and those looking to be part of the movement to improve the construction industry.
Director at Outsource ATS Ltd / BIM Model Manager, PM Group, Ireland
The Middlesex University Master's Degree in Building Information Modelling (BIM) Management has exceeded my expectations as it focuses on management skills and processes for BIM implementation. The course material is extremely well delivered by both the college lecturers and by the panel of industry expert guest lecturers who are at the forefront of BIM adoption internationally.
The distance learning experience is excellent with very well presented weekly subject webinars which encourage interaction between the student cohort and the lecturers. I believe my qualification in BIM Management from Middlesex University will give me the skills to be a thought leader and to further my career in BIM.
Principal Consultant, Excitech Ltd
The course is excellent as part of continued professional development, with one of the key highlights being the high calibre of students it attracts. The students provide a wide range of discipline and management knowledge, gained from practical experience whilst working within some of the industries leading companies. This mix of individual experience, combined with academic study provides an environment that is both challenging and rewarding in equal measure.
Peter K Foster Jnr
Head of BIM Implementation, Premier Interlink (WACO UK Ltd)
An excellent course covering all aspects of BIM. Guest presenters and the tutors are highly knowledgeable and provide a high standard of information, having the facility to question the presenters and receive instant answers is highly beneficial. The course itself is detailed and contains a vast amount of information. It is well structured and contains excellent weekly journals where the cohort raise questions and discuss relevant issues. Highly recommended for BIM novices and seasoned professionals alike.
Manager Space Planning & CAD Solutions, ISS Facility Services Ltd t/a Integrated Solutions
I have joined the Building Information Modelling Management MSc Postgraduate course at Middlesex University in October 2013 with enthusiasm and following my intuition that BIM will descend on facilities management sooner than anticipated. I did not know what to expect or to what extent my assumption would be proven. Soon I realised that the scope of the course was phenomenal, covering a multitude of aspects of the built environment: from new build to life cycle/ operations, from management to legal aspects, from current methodologies to future strategies of BIM implementation - all organised to ensure support for the students and their progress.
The material and case studies are the best practice in the industry and I am privileged to be exposed to weekly guest lectures of high calibre knowledge. Our tutors Noha and Steve are supportive and present - they guide us along the way and their knowledge provides the right stimulus for great ideas exchange. Noha was patient when I was overwhelmed, but knew how to motivate me and keep me on track.
I am today following the course with more commitment than ever. I have now a clearer vision of what BIM Management is, how it can help us improving our business and more importantly, how it can add value to our facilities clients. I am already applying the knowledge and look forward to the rest of the course which I recommend to all BIM enthusiasts.
CAD Manager, Heatherwick Studio
As someone who is always striving to learn new technologies and developments within the built environment, I was delighted when I was offered the opportunity to study a Master's Degree in BIM Management at Middlesex University. I had been looking for such an opportunity for a number of years, but until then there had been no such course in the UK.
The Middlesex University Masters in BIM Management course is the first of its kind and offers a unique challenge for anyone who wants to be part of the next phase in the evolution of the built environment. The course material is varied, relevant and easily accessible via the university website. Lectures are provided twice weekly through webinars on the university website portal.
Accessibility to the course is key for me as I have a very busy work life and would not be able to take time off to study a degree which is campus based. The tutors are also very friendly, professional and knowledgeable. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the course and look forward to future challenges it may provide for me.
Lead BIM Coordinator, Laing O'Rourke
Middlesex University's MSc BIMM programme has so far been of great benefit, providing a broad and in depth coverage of the subject, enhanced by the tutors extensive qualifications and experience, along with the high calibre of other students and their varied roles within the industry, adding to the courses unique and rich content. In addition to this, the provision of weekly interactive online lectures featuring industry experts offers an invaluable learning opportunity, whilst making it easier to attend lectures with minimal disruption to working schedules.
BIM Manager, Clancy Consulting Ltd
I have found the MSc BIM Management course at Middlesex University extremely engaging. It covers all aspects of BIM and pushes the boundaries of my knowledge. The level of expertise brought to the course from expert guest lecturers and presenters is where the course excels and far surpasses any academic reading alternative. It brings real depth to the course offering leading thoughts and procedures on BIM from consultants, specialists and contractors at the forefront of the BIM revolution in the industry.
Learning from the best in the industry is supported by strong academic rigour that the university instils through positive and enthusiastic helpful lecturers. The course is an intense long distance learning environment expected at Masters level, however the benefit of twice weekly online lectures from industry experts takes this course a cut above the rest. This course has and will really add value to you and your career.
Senior Design Technician, Waldeck Consulting
I've learned heaps from Noha and Steve and industry guest lecturers so far and continue to do so week in week, and can't criticise at all in terms of the quality informative content they deliver. The experience I've gained has already been applied to my day to day workings with great affect and benefited many if our processes greatly.
I look forward to enjoy the 2 weekly webinars we have and seeing everyone this way as we are of course distance learners and without this it would be impossible.
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.
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Our priority will always be to maintain academic standards and quality so that your learning outcomes are not affected by any adjustments that we may have to make.
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Start: October 2023, September 2023: EU/INT induction
Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time