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The Global BIM Management Certification Program is one of the most advanced professional certification programs for BIM Managers in the world. Read more
The Global BIM Management Certification Program is one of the most advanced professional certification programs for BIM Managers in the world. This internationally popular program caters to the needs of professionals in more than 20 sectors in the AECO (Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operations) industry. We provide our students with the methodology, tools and skills necessary to become leaders in BIM implementation. Become a fully capable BIM Manager working in construction projects with high-performance teams from all around the world.

BIM is changing the way projects evolve around the world, how they begin and conclude, whether an entire project or a specific BIM implementation plan in a big or small company. This emerging practice is the result of progress in the AECO industry, requiring new mindsets, processes and technological proficiencies to achieve significant improvements in efficiency and cost control.

This global certification program is developed together with BIM Freelance (our academic partners) leading BIM practitioners, professors and architectural firms with a long history in BIM implementation, counting more than 20 years of experience in the AECO industry. In addition, the range of hand-picked professors, who teach, is outstanding, with lecturers from the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania and Africa.

This program is designed to prepare architecture, engineering and construction sector professionals. Participants may have various levels of experience to successfully learn BIM methodologies, implement them and work in highly effective teams with other professionals in the AECO industry. The program consists of more than 600 hours of streaming masterclasses and webinars, video tutorials, recorded lectures, technical documentation and international real projects with collaborative methodology.

Results/Why choose this program?

The Global BIM Management Certification Program prepares the participants to lead a new business paradigm in the AECO industry. During this program, the participants learn how to handle the newest digital tools that can be applied to the design, construction and maintenance of buildings. This is achieved through the integrated practice of IPD – Integrated Project Delivery. In collaboration with multidisciplinary partners worldwide, numerous real international projects are accomplished, using various software (Revit, ArchiCAD, Allplan and AECOsim) and a platform for Project Management. In addition to this, participants learn how to implement and manage BIM systems in high-performance teams, both in small businesses (Little BIM) and large corporations (Big BIM).

The goal of this program, designed for architects and engineers who have background knowledge in building projects, is to fully certify and authorize participants in the field of BIM Management.

A BIM Manager oversees a whole building's lifecycle, makes sure that all elements of a model are in accordance with a Project Execution Plan (BEP) working collaboratively with all the teams involved in a construction project. A BIM Manager must detect any challenges in a project as well as keep costs down, improve an overall workflow and efficiency.

Program Content

MODULE 1 BIM SPECIALIST

• SECTION 1. COORDINATION SKILLS
• SECTION 2. DESIGN SKILLS
• SECTION 3. ENGINEERING SKILLS

MODULE 2 BIM EXPERT

• SECTION 1. INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SKILLS
• SECTION 2. SKILLS IN COORDINATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF OBJECTS
• SECTION 3. ORGANISATION SKILLS

MODULE 3 BIM MANAGEMENT

• SECTION 1. AECO IN THE DIGITAL ERA
• SECTION 2, BIM: STATE OF THE QUESTION
• SECTION 3. INFORMATION, INFORMATION, INFORMATION
• SECTION 4. THE PAPER FROM CTO CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
• SECTION 5. BIG BIM & LITTLE BIM
• SECTION 6. IMPLEMENTING STRATEGIES
• SECTION 7. ORGANISATION ANALYSIS
• SECTION 8. DESIGNING A NEW ENVIRONMENT
• SECTION 9. BUILDING A TEAM
• SECTION 10. IMPLEMENTATION OF THE BIM PLAN

MODULE 4 BIM IMPLEMENTATION

• SECTION 1. COLLABORATIVE DESIGN
• SECTION 2. BIM PROTOCOL
• SECTION 3. LIFE CYCLE OF THE INTEGRATED PRACTICE
• SECTION 4. STANDARDS OF THE ORGANISATION
• SECTION 5. QUALITY CONTROL
• SECTION 6. EXECUTION PLAN FOR BIM
• SECTION 7. BIM MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

MODULE 5 SUSTAINABLE BUILDING MANAGEMENT

• SECTION 1. SUSTAINABILITY AND TERRITORY
• SECTION 2. RESTORATION, THE NEW MARKET FOR AECO
• SECTION 3. BIOCLIMATIC DESIGN
• SECTION 4. ECO-EFFICIENCY
• SECTION 5. PLAN DIRECTOR RESTORATION

MODULE 6 FACILITY MANAGEMENT

• SECTION 1. BIM I&M AEC OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
• SECTION 2. GOVERNMENT STRATEGIES IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR
• SECTION 3. FM. STANDARD INTEROPERABILITY
• SECTION 4. O&M NEW MARKET
• SECTION 5. ASSET MANAGEMENT
• SECTION 6. BIM I&M AEC INDUSTRY PRODUCTS

MODULE 7 DIGITAL FABRICATION

Program Features

Software (temporary licenses): Revit (Autodesk), ArchiCAD (Graphisoft), Allplan (Nemetschek), Bentley (AECOsim), CYPECADMEP, Structures and Archimedes, Tekla (Construsoft), Vico (Trimble), Solibri, Navisworks(Autodesk), Synchro, DDS-CAD Presto, dRofus, dalux (and more)

BIM Servers: Revit Server (Autodesk), BIM Cloud (Graphisoft), ProjectWise (Bentley Systems), Allplan License Server (Nemetschek)
Certified by: Bentley, Graphisoft, Autodesk Authorised Training Centre, CanBIM

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. Read more
Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations is fast becoming the industry standard approach to designing, analysing, and managing building lifecycle. On this course you will learn a holistic approach to everything from design and construction to maintenance, operation, and sustainability from industry and research experts using state-of-the-art BIM software. You will also benefit from regular talks from BIM experts and close links to the industry and BIM Regional Hub: South West.

Key benefits

This course is accredited by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). A RICS-accredited course assures employers you hold a high-quality, industry-relevant qualification. It's also the first step to becoming a chartered surveyor.

Course detail

A unique feature of this course is that you have the opportunity to be placed with a company to deliver a BIM Organisational Strategy and a BIM Implementation Plan. You will also provide companies with BIM research that has real business value producing an organisational strategy and implementation plan to ensure their BIM is aligned with business strategy. You will then research a BIM-related topic of your choice in-depth for your dissertation.

The expertise in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology sets this course apart. The MSc in Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations is challenging, as we cover a lot of ground, and prepare you in all aspects of BIM, so you are better equipped for employment. To do this we split the course, so its half theory and half practice, using the latest modelling and management, analysis and visualisation tools. You will learn to understand the complete building lifecycle, exploring innovative sustainable and collaborative practices in building information modelling and management, and examine a range of existing and emerging BIM issues.

Modules

• BIM in Design Co-ordination (15 credits)
• BIM in Construction Operation (15 credits)
• BIM in Business and Practice (30 credits)
• BIM in Operation and Maintenance (15 credits)
• Low/Zero-Impact Buildings (15 credits)
• Construction Project Management Practice (15 credits)
• Construction Contract Law (15 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)

Format

The course uses a variety of teaching methods, including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. We expect you to learn both in groups and independently, as well as using online resources. The programme team will provide all the support and help you need, and encourage you to learn effectively.

Scheduled learning includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstration and workshops, supervised BIM workshops and essential reading, case study preparation, and written assignments.

Assessment

We use a range of assessment methods, but your knowledge is tested mainly through BIM 'real-life' projects, with a focus on the various aspects of built environment lifecycle, including design, construction, operation and maintenance. We also assess through written work, coursework and verbal presentations.

Careers / Further study

This course is designed to create the next generation of BIM leaders ready to work with technical professionals on project teams. It's highly relevant to architects, project managers, and construction professionals. Professionals with BIM expertise and knowledge are increasingly sought after in industry, academia, training and consultancy, and this course can lead to a variety of career options, including BIM Designers, BIM Managers and Digital Engineers. Other linked careers include teaching and research in further and higher education, training, and consultancy such as BIM Modelling Services. You may even choose to set up your own BIM company.

How to apply

Information on applications can be found at the following link: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/study/applyingtouwebristol/postgraduateapplications.aspx

Funding

- New Postgraduate Master's loans for 2016/17 academic year –

The government are introducing a master’s loan scheme, whereby master’s students under 60 can access a loan of up to £10,000 as a contribution towards the cost of their study. This is part of the government’s long-term commitment to enhance support for postgraduate study.

Scholarships and other sources of funding are also available.

More information can be found here: http://www1.uwe.ac.uk/students/feesandfunding/fundingandscholarships/postgraduatefunding.aspx

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The BIM for Owners & Developers Global Executive Program provides key decision-making skills to effectively implement BIM methodology in business organizations, public administrations, and construction projects in various disciplines of the AECO industry. Read more
The BIM for Owners & Developers Global Executive Program provides key decision-making skills to effectively implement BIM methodology in business organizations, public administrations, and construction projects in various disciplines of the AECO industry. Our professors from all over the world are influential thought leaders in BIM, who will guide you through the program to ensure that you will master BIM project management in real life case studies and all the necessary competences.

Results/Why choose this program?

The aim of the BIM for Owners & Developers Global Executive Program is to demonstrate how to use BIM management tools to develop strategies, execute projects, improve outcomes and save money.

After you complete this program, you will have increased transparency, within a more integrated design and construction process, which will lead to a higher quality building, reduced costs and shorter time frames.

BIM for Owners and Developers helps to execute every project faster, easier and more cost-effectively. New tools and processes help the owner and developer become successful by creating streamlined project delivery. BIM a holistic process, touching every phase of a construction project and all the parties involved, from planning to completion and commissioning to handover.

Program Content

This executive program focuses on the challenges and opportunities that BIM offers to Owners and Developers.

The first module of the program focuses on theory delivered by the most respected professionals and researchers. The second module is all about real life case studies, explained in-person by their main characters.

All of the concepts from the first module are applied in the second module, to demonstrate the benefits of different types of projects in different situations on various continents. Finally, during the third module, participants create their own case studies.
These three modules will be held online. At the completion of the program, a meeting will be held which will provide you with the perfect opportunity to meet with the directors, advisory board member, professors and other participants of the program in person.
The first meeting is going to be held at the European BIM Summit next May, 2017, in Barcelona (organized by buildingSMART, the Association of Building Engineers of Barcelona and BIM Academy). The second edition of the course will take place during the celebration of BIM World in Munich next October, 2017. Each BIM for Owners and Developers meeting is open to all participants and guest board members.

FIRST MODULE: BIM FACILITY MANAGEMENT - 10 OWNER'S BIM DIMENSIONS

This 40-hour module is divided into ten BIM Dimensions for owners and developers. It is a structured way to present the full potential of this technology and tooling process.

These topics are covered in ten Units:

1. INTRODUCTION TO BIM
2. BIM IMPLEMENTATION
3. THE 3D MODEL
4. VIRTUAL PLANNING
5. BUDGET
6. ENERGY MODEL
7. MODEL FOR MAINTENANCE
8. BIM FOR HEALTH AND SAFETY
9. LEAN CONSTRUCTION
10. INDUSTRIALISED CONSTRUCTION

SECOND MODULE: 4 CASE STUDIES

This is a 40-hour module that presents four case studies. We have benchmarked the best case study methodologies used in business schools (such as Harvard, Aalborg University, and IESE) and we translated them for the construction sector.
We have asked 50 professionals and experts to create their own case studies, based on their own experiences. Each one presents the conceptual framework of a company or a project and the solution generated to solve it. Case studies cover all building fields and are divided into two sectors, buildings and infrastructures.
You will be able to choose any case study, based on your professional interests.

THIRD MODULE: WORK IN YOUR OWN PROJECT - CREATE YOUR BIP OR BEP

After the first theory module, where ten BIM Dimensions are dissected, and the second practical module, applying concepts to real case studies, it is time for you to create your own case study and simulate the decision-making process.
This last 40-hour module is designed to help you to decide on your own needs while working with a personal advisor. There are two possibilities: to create a BIP or to create a BEP.

BIP is the set of specific actions necessary to successfully implement BIM both in public and private companies. We will help you to set your own BIP action plan for your organization.

BEP is the acronym for BIM Execution Plan, and it is the main protocol document for a BIM project. BEP can be used to create a financial proposal for the delivery of a building or infrastructure with all the necessary documentation. You can choose to execute this plan with one of your own existing projects.

Program Features

Software (temporary licences): 3Squared, Aconex, Areo AS, Bentley Systems, Conject, Ecodomus, IEAG (International Engineering + Architecture Group), Matterport, Microdesk, IBM, Planon, SEPS, National Institute of Building Sciences, ONUMA, Granlund
Endorsed by:buildingSMART

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BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. Read more

Study a Top UK degree in China

Course outline

BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. GIS is a technical system to implement the collection, storage, management, calculation, analysis, display and description of geospatial information data. The results help to understand what is happening in a geographical space which can increase efficiency in building planning and design. The current ‘lack of BIM innovation’ and ‘lack of BIM talent’ could delay the progress of Chinese “smart” cities, which aim to reduce resource consumption and cost and use digital technologies to benefit their citizens.

This programme will be run entirely at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with internship opportunities in leading BIM companies in China. It is a collaboration between Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Civil Engineering. In particular, research and teaching support will be provided by three leading research laboratories including Geospatial BIM lab, Digital City Infrastructure and technology Innovation Laboratory D-CiTi, and Big Data and Visual Analytics Lab. These laboratories are working closely with leading AEC consultants (Arup, WSP BP), international professional institutions (RICS, ICES, CIBSE) and leading BIM software vendors (Autodesk, Bentley, Leica, Tekla, Trimble).

Students are able to learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state-of-the-art software, as well as surveying equipment including servo driven total stations, laser scanners, GNSS, digital and analogue photogrammetry. With extensive project and consultancy experience on the Geospatial Engineering, BIM in the AEC sector in the UK and China, the team is planning to promote the Smart City with multi-dimension BIM applications across China.

Advantages of studying this programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo:

1. be familiar with BIM related software and surveying device
2. the ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying and AEC industry
3. react quickly to new technologies and innovations
4. communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and presentations to groups
5. exercise original thought, as well as gain interpersonal, communication and professional skills
6. participate real project work for experience accumulation
7. plan and undertake individual projects


This programme will help:

1. gain a complete understanding of theory, practice and issues of BIM and Geospatial technologies
2. acquire opportunities to use what you have learnt in real project work
3. explore new research methodology to promote development in this field
4. acquire technical skills of software operation, data analysis and design optimization
5. improve team-work ability and communication skill
6. foster individual ability to conduct academic researches

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In today’s tough economic climate the construction industry faces ever more challenges to become more efficient and integrated. At the forefront of the response to such challenges is the increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Read more
In today’s tough economic climate the construction industry faces ever more challenges to become more efficient and integrated. At the forefront of the response to such challenges is the increasing use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Building Information Modelling is a comprehensive, integrated and efficient approach to design and construction that builds on both architectural knowledge and technological progress. By the drafting, analysis and use of intelligent models, BIM drives the production of more accurate and effective building plans.

This MSc Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme has been developed for students or practitioners from architecture, engineering or construction professions seeking to develop skills in the theory and practice of BIM in design and construction.

The programme is taught by Professor Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, an internationally leading expert who has been developing the Building Information Modelling (BIM) discipline both in Finland and internationally since 1996.

The teaching is primarily research led supplemented by visiting lectures, seminars and projects from leading professionals and researchers in the field.

In addition to core modules of research based skills development, you can select between modules in Sustainability, Digital Architecture and Project Management.

Semester 1
- Theory of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (30 credits)
- Critiques and Communications in Architecture and the Visual Arts (15 credits)
- Managing Collaborative Workflows for BIM (15 credits)

Semester 2
- nD Modelling and Interoperability in BIM environment (30 credits)
- BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design (15 credits)
- Research Methodology (15 credits)

Semester 3
- Thesis (Dessertation, Design by Research or Design) (60 credits)

Why School of Architecture?

Highly rated research

Liverpool was the UK’s first Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) accredited University School of Architecture. Research lies at the core of our activities and we have highly rated international research in the fields of History and Theory and Environment and Process.

The activities of the research groups within these two fields provide the knowledge and expertise required by the professional discipline that the School serves, but also reach out into related areas in the visual arts, urban design, conservation and innovative technologies.

Career prospects

Students who successfully complete a Higher Degree go on to interesting and rewarding careers in architecture, the wider construction industry, management, higher education, the arts and conservation and many other specialisms to be found in the arts, architecture and the built environment.

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The MSc Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) at Liverpool John Moores University provides all the latest skills to work in this rapidly expanding field. Read more
The MSc Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) at Liverpool John Moores University provides all the latest skills to work in this rapidly expanding field. You’ll gain CAD software experience and postgraduate management expertise.

•Complete this masters degree in one year (full time), two years (part time)
•Informed by internationally-recognised research from our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
•Gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the field of BIM Management in the UK and overseas in a variety of sectors
•Access the latest computer aided design (CAD) and information management software
•Opportunity to complete an integrated BIM project, working collaboratively with colleagues form other disciplines

This degree is ideal if you are involved in the procurement and management of built assets from a variety of professional disciplines, as it considers the implication of information management from all sides of the industry

You will gain the knowledge and skills to lead information management throughout the life cycle of a project and have an understanding of the implications of decisions made via Integrated Project Delivery.

You will accrue an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of the:

•interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building/infrastructure project using BIM, 3D models and big data
•significant factors in the selection of information management techniques to achieve the optimum performance outcomes through the life cycle of a project
•the supply chain both internal and external involved in a BIM project across different disciplines
•current institutional and sector BIM standards and develop project specific protocols
•risk management in BIMtechniques/procedures for successful implementation of a BIM project
•BIM sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions inter-disciplinary skills necessary to work with professionals from a variety of backgrounds

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.
Level 7
Project Planning Execution and Control
Risk and Value Management
Integrated BIM Theory
Integrated BIM in Practice
Collaborative BIM Project
Research Methods
Dissertation
Financial Management and BIM
Sustainable Design
Production Management and BIM
Facilities Management and BIM
Civil engineering and BIM

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

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If you are interested in the fundamental changes occurring across the construction industry, and efficient multidisciplinary collaboration in the design and construction process with the support of advanced BIM technologies, this is the course for you. Read more
If you are interested in the fundamental changes occurring across the construction industry, and efficient multidisciplinary collaboration in the design and construction process with the support of advanced BIM technologies, this is the course for you. It provides the skills and competences to support integrated design and delivery solutions and the coordination of roles and responsibilities for the financial, environmental and social performance of buildings. The course builds upon leading edge research and practice, enabling students to up-skill to undertake a leading role in the transformation of practices in work settings.

Key benefits:

• Gain knowledge of advanced BIM technologies and lean processes
• Develop skills to deliver better value through integrated design
• Research-based teaching, including industrial guest lectures.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/bim-and-integrated-design

Suitable for

This course is intended for graduates or experienced practitioners in:
• Architecture
• Architectural technology
• Structural and mechanical and electrical engineering design
• Design
• Design/project management

Programme details

This course addresses currently emerging needs of new skills for architects, engineering and construction and built environment professionals: efficient multidisciplinary collaboration through the design and construction processes, enabling the delivery of integrated design and solutions with the support of advanced technologies such as Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The construction industry is facing unprecedented change around BIM, Lean and sustainability. Organisational forms, contracts, and many other different aspects of construction are changing. This course focuses strategically on these changing processes. It supports professionals in responding to current and future challenges in client expectations and societal needs, which are pushing professionals to improve integration and coordination of formerly separate roles and responsibilities.

This course is based on state-of-the-art research developed within the internationally leading School of the Built Environment. The course also incorporates the latest practice based developments through guest lectures from leading practitioners.

It addresses the benefits that can be achieved through the adoption of BIM and discusses:

• integrated processes
• improved value to clients and users
• improved design coordination, information management and exchange
• clash detection
• clearer scheduling
• improved sustainability and social outcomes

Format

On campus study is delivered by a variety of learning and teaching methods. Lectures introduce new material and provide the core knowledge base for each module. Tutorials offer the opportunity for discussion and debate with personalised instruction from tutors. Design project work is an important aspect of the course enabling you to initiate and control research and design techniques to develop solutions to prescribed tasks.

Distance Learning uses an internet-based learning environment backed up by intensive tutor support. Weekly online tutorials are led by tutors with student interaction. Our online repository of learning material enables you to undertake self-directed study at your own convenience. Learning is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role.

Additional learning support will be provided through optional study days for both on-campus and distance learning students along with a summer school which will include seminars, group working, presentations and guest speakers from industry.

Module titles

• Building Information Modelling Theory and Practice (30 credits)
• Integrated BIM Projects (30 credits)
• Lean Integrated Design and Production (30 credits)

Optional Modules

• Sustainable Design Theory and Practice (30 credits)
• Project and Production Management (30 credits)

Then

• Dissertation (60 credits)

Assessment

You will be assessed through:

• Coursework/design project work (100%)
• Continuous informal assessment by your tutors

Career potential

This course aims to provide extensive training in the field of BIM. It is intended primarily for practitioners and graduate students in the field of architecture, engineering and the construction industry who wish to specialise in this state-of-the-art technology.

You will develop managerial, technical and interpersonal skills to deliver better value through integrated design. You will be able to work collaboratively throughout design development. You will also be able to apply digital and media technologies to generate, represent and communicate innovative design solutions.

On completion of this course you will have developed skills and knowledge in a highly advanced specialism and the expertise gained is at the forefront of industry requirements. The technical and reflective skills you will gain are of immediate advantage to employers in construction, engineering and design roles across the built environment.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

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For a number of years Northumbria University has been at the forefront of new technologies. We have a history of employing the latest electronic media in our research and throughout our teaching. Read more

About this course

For a number of years Northumbria University has been at the forefront of new technologies. We have a history of employing the latest electronic media in our research and throughout our teaching. Following the rise of importance in the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the Built Environment professions Northumbria University established the BIM Academy with Ryder Architecture – one of the leading Architecture firms in the country. BIM will transform the Built Environment. By sharing information between Design Team (architects, surveyors, consulting engineers), Contractors and Subcontractors, and Owners, it can add additional discipline-specific knowledge to one single model, meaning significant reduction in information loss, and a more efficient, accurate construction process and improved maintenance and repair of buildings.

This programme is unique in that it is responding directly to industry demand to provide students with enhanced knowledge of BIM software and its strategic integration into everyday projects.

- Aims of the programme
• To provide a better understanding of the future of construction and how the industry will develop in a BIM enabled future

• To provide an understanding of the complexity of working in interdisciplinary teams and managing collaborative design and production

• To allow students to develop new skills which will enhance their ability to plan and execute design for construction, producing more efficient, sustainable and buildable projects

• To allow construction industry professionals to enhance their existing skills in order to improve project delivery through the use of Building Information Modelling and Management.

• To foster leadership, decision making, strategic thinking and communication

- Who can study this programme?
• Those wishing to increase their knowledge and understanding of managing the design process and design teams

• Construction professionals seeking to upskill in the areas of Building Information Modelling and Design Management

• Students coming from a design or construction background - in particular (but not exclusively); Architectural Technologists seeking to increase their knowledge, and in turn their influence on the design process and Construction and Project Managers wishing to increase their knowledge of, or move in to the field of design management.

Northumbria University is committed to remain at the forefront of developments within BIM and will continue to invest in research in this area. By running programmes such as the Building Design Management and BIM MSc, we are creating graduates who will be pivotal to the success of the Built Environment and Engineering sector.

Facilities

Whatever your aspirations in your work, you’ll find the latest technologies to support you in our dedicated laboratories and studios. Throughout your studies, whether undergraduate, postgraduate or research, you will be able to survey, visualise, model and take your ideas out of the Department and into the world around you.

Research

The department of Mechanical and Construction Engineering is a top-35 Engineering research department with 79% of our outputs ranked world-leading or internationally excellent according to the latest UK wide research assessment exercise (REF2014, UoA15). This places us in the top quartile for world-leading publications among UK universities in General Engineering.

See the website https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/building-design-management-and-building-information-modelling-bim-fts-dtfbbd6/

See this website for the information on the Postgraduate Certificate: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/building-design-management-and-building-information-modelling-ftj-dtfbdc6/

Who would this Course suit?

This course is for you if you wish to increase your knowledge and understanding of managing the design process and design teams. It will appeal to construction professionals seeking to upskill in the areas of Building Information Modelling and Design Management and students coming from a design or construction background - in particular (but not exclusively) Architectural.

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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? With this course you’ll gain transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in managing construction projects? With this course you’ll gain transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects.

The course covers how to plan construction projects, how to manage supply chains, how to keep people working together, and how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a more efficient construction process.

Strong demand for construction project managers means there will be significant opportunities for you to take up a well-paid, challenging and international career. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which gives it additional credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

The course is also available through part-time and distance learning modes, and with the option of an advanced practice element.

The course is particularly aimed at people with at least some background in construction or across the wider architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. If you have background from a different sector you may wish to consider our MSc Project Management.

This course has several available start dates and study options - for more information, please view the relevant web-page:
16 months full time January start - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-dtfcpf6/

3 years part time - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-msc-pt-dtpcpj6/

3 years distance learning - https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/construction-project-management-with-bim-msc-dl-dtdcpj6/

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes, and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a Masters project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject, IBM SPSS and NVivo. You will have access to the most up-to-date versions of Autodesk BIM software and other BIM-related learning materials including the ‘White Frog’ system.

Our library, which was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015, has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean construction, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional education in construction project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building. This will make it easy to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements for chartered status.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up opportunities in management roles in construction-related organisations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. Past graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Arup, Arcadis, BAM Construct UK, BDP, Bouygues Construction, Carillion, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Turner & Townsend. Job roles have included BIM coordinators, design managers, digital engineers, directors, management consultants, project managers and technical specialists.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Designed for graduates who wish to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the rapidly evolving area of Building Information Modelling (BIM)… Read more
Designed for graduates who wish to develop the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the rapidly evolving area of Building Information Modelling (BIM), used throughout the construction project and the property life cycle, this course is ideal for those currently employed in the industry who wish to develop new skills and adapt their professional abilities in line with the government’s proposal. It has been accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

The MSc Building Information Modelling and Sustainability emphasises the importance of sustainability, in line with the current environmental agenda. It addresses the use of the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) within BIM technologies, along with the RICS Property Life Cycle, and Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme (CEEQUAL).

The government’s chief construction adviser has indicated that BIM will become compulsory on publicly-procured projects in the UK from 2016. In future, there will be a demand for bidders and contractors on public building projects who can deliver and manage projects in this framework. This follows the international trend for large clients and government agencies that endorse the use of BIM.

See the website http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/924-msc-building-information-modelling-and-sustainability

What you will study

You will study the following modules:

- Research Methods and Professional Development
This module will enable you to become competent in recognising the strengths and weaknesses of various quantitative and qualitative methods appropriate to relevant research projects; and in collecting, presenting, analysing, and interpreting information.

- Environmental Management
This module will broaden your awareness of current and established environmental and waste management issues and practice, and enable you to critically evaluate strategies for business improvements.

- Project Management and Techniques
You will obtain a critical appreciation of the latest methodologies and techniques for project management, and evaluate the processes associated with controlling, executing and commissioning a specific project.

- 3D Building Information Modelling
On this module you will critically evaluate the importance of BIM and collaboration, and understand the legal implications of data sharing. Furthermore, this module will give you an opportunity to use several 3D BIM packages to generate 3D, 4D and 5D models.

- Beyond the Three Dimensions
This module will enable you to critically evaluate the legal implications of data sharing and develop a comprehensive understanding of the interoperability between different software packages to produce 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D and 8D designs.

- Sustainable by Design and Applications (Project)
On this module you will use your knowledge to develop a BIM model based on an existing project from our industry partners. This will incorporate the relevant information to generate all documents including plans and schedules from 3D to 8D. The module will also give you a critical awareness of BREEAM, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Code for Sustainable Homes, CEEQUAL and Passivhaus.

- Dissertation
This module enables you to undertake a major piece of investigative research over an extended period of time, and to demonstrate an ability to gather, analyse and report the products of your research with academic rigor.

Learning and teaching methods

Tuition combines traditional lectures and tutorials with problem-based learning, through workshops and site visits. You will get the chance to use a series of design and BIM applications such as REVIT, ArchiCAD, Navisworks, CostX and FM:Systems to produce 4D, 5D, 6D and 7D designs, and incorporate BREEAM, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Code for Sustainable Homes, and CEEQUAL.

If you study full-time, you will need to attend the University two days a week (usually Monday and Wednesday). For part-time students, the commitment is one day a week (usually either Monday or Wednesday). This is subject to change, please contact the University for the most up-to-date information.

Work Experience and Employment Prospects

The government’s chief construction adviser, Paul Morrell, indicated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become compulsory on publicly procured projects from 2016. This means bidders and contractors on future public building projects would be required to use BIM.

Our strong industrial and commercial links help us tailor our courses to meet employer’s needs, and ensure you graduate with the right skills to develop an exciting, dynamic career in construction. This industry relationship has been formalised into the Built Environment Strategic Forum (BESF). The mutual benefits arising from this university/industry partnership are significant and guarantee enhanced employability potential to our students and graduates.

According to an article published by RICS, "recent experience indicates a trend in large clients and government agencies across the globe to mandate the use of BIM, not only for delivery of the building, but also as a tool to manage operationally. BIM has the potential to impact every aspect of the building profession. BIM is not going to go away, and so we must, therefore, learn to adapt and embrace or risk the threat of losing ground to others.

MSc Building Information Modelling and Sustainability graduates will be equipped to become BIM Managers. They will also have strong knowledge of how to achieve sustainability, which is valuable for any role within the construction industry.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods vary and include written projects, coursework, project work, presentations and examinations. The course culminates with a dissertation, which requires a substantial research project.

Part-time students have the option of a fast-track route by completing their dissertation over the summer at the end of their second year.

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The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing. Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures. Read more

Why take this course?

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Cover the fundamentals of project and financial management software such as Revit, CostX, Synchro, as well as design software such as AutoCAD
Learn how to integrate the new technology and methodology of BIM with the established principles of planning and project management
Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of BIM and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Masters course will support progression into further research or an academic career. BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector, can expect to work in roles such as:

BIM Coordinator/Strategist
Project Manager
Consultant
Technician

Our postgraduate courses in Quantity Surveying and Property Development are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This course will also be submitted for accreditation once fully established.

Module Details

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers. You will also benefit from the insights of guest lecturers and visiting industry professionals.

Core units include:

BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.

Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.

Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.

Dissertation: An opportunity to complete an independent dissertation project during the final stage of the course. You will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest, within the broad scope of the built environment.

Optional Units include:

Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry. You will also cover development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.

Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution: This unit provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the background to and the working of the legal system in England and Wales relevant to the practice of a quantity surveyor.

Programme Assessment

The classroom element of teaching will be through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Individual projects and group collaboration projects will utilise our specialised computer labs and design studios.

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:

Individual coursework
Group project
Individual Presentations
Group presentations
Reports
Individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

You will benefit from our strong links with both architecture, engineering and construction industry and professions. BIM is a new and valuable skill to many employers, and graduates from this course are highly sought after. This course also provides you with the skills and knowledge to support employability in a range of professional roles in the built environment, both in the UK and internationally.

Read less
The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing. Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures. Read more

Why take this course?

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Cover the fundamentals of project and financial management software such as Revit, CostX, Synchro, as well as design software such as AutoCAD
Learn how to integrate the new technology and methodology of BIM with the established principles of planning and project management
Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of BIM and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

This Masters course will support progression into further research or an academic career. BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector, can expect to work in roles such as:

BIM Coordinator/Strategist
Project Manager
Consultant
Technician

Our postgraduate courses in Quantity Surveying and Property Development are accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). This course will also be submitted for accreditation once fully established.

Module Details

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers. You will also benefit from the insights of guest lecturers and visiting industry professionals.

Core units include:

BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.

Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.

Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.

Dissertation: An opportunity to complete an independent dissertation project during the final stage of the course. You will be able to choose a subject area of particular personal interest, within the broad scope of the built environment.

Optional Units include:

Strategic and General Management: On this unit you will cover management in the construction industry. You will also cover development of organisational and project strategic direction, taking into account internal and external environments.

Construction Law, Contracts, and Dispute Resolution: This unit provides a systematic understanding and critical awareness of the background to and the working of the legal system in England and Wales relevant to the practice of a quantity surveyor.

Programme Assessment

The classroom element of teaching will be through lectures, seminars and tutorials. Individual projects and group collaboration projects will utilise our specialised computer labs and design studios.

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:

Individual coursework
Group project
Individual Presentations
Group presentations
Reports
Individual project/dissertation

Student Destinations

You will benefit from our strong links with both architecture, engineering and construction industry and professions. BIM is a new and valuable skill to many employers, and graduates from this course are highly sought after. This course also provides you with the skills and knowledge to support employability in a range of professional roles in the built environment, both in the UK and internationally.

Read less
The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing. Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures. Read more

Why take this course?

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

What will I experience?

On this course you will:

Cover the fundamentals of project and financial management software such as Revit, CostX, Synchro, as well as design software such as AutoCAD
Learn how to integrate the new technology and methodology of BIM with the established principles of planning and project management
Explore the practical and theoretical applications - and challenges - of BIM and become an advocate and enabler of its adoption by industry

What opportunities might it lead to?

BIM professionals who pursue careers in large or small businesses and in the public sector can expect to work in roles such as:

BIM Coordinator/Strategist
Project Manager
Consultant
Technician

Module Details

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers.

You will study a total of 60 credits from two core units:

BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.
Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.
Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.

Programme Assessment

You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly, yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time, text-based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need throughout the course.

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:

Individual coursework
Reports

Student Destinations

You will benefit from our strong links with both architecture, engineering and construction industry and professions. BIM is a new and valuable skill to many employers, and graduates from this course are highly sought after. This course also provides you with the skills and knowledge to support employability in a range of professional roles in the built environment, both in the UK and internationally.

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Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. Read more
Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. Building Information Modelling enables integration and efficiency in projects throughout design, construction and operations, supporting the delivery of lifecycle benefits for clients and users. The adoption of BIM technologies coupled with Lean processes has been seen as the way forward for the improvement of the construction industry and the achievement of more sustainable project outcomes. BIM usage is growing worldwide, with many Governments mandating its use on public projects, as it is the case in the UK.

This innovative course focuses on developing skills and competences to enable you to effectively manage and maximise benefits from design integration and the use of BIM technology in projects, building from state of the art research and leading edge practice. If you are an architect, architectural technologist, engineering designer, project manager, surveyor or other construction professional, this course will enable you to develop knowledge on integrated processes, BIM and how it can be best deployed, managed and maintained throughout the whole project lifecycle.

A special feature of this course is the multidisciplinary approach, in which students from diverse construction related backgrounds will study together to understand the project complexity and the information needs of diverse project stakeholders. The course aims to focus on process improvement through lean design and construction, with the use of supporting BIM tools. This course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to lead projects to deliver value through the utilisation of digital information, making better and faster decisions in multidisciplinary, collaborative working environments. Therefore, you will have opportunity to develop the skills needed to support integrated design and delivery solutions with BIM technologies.

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Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in effectively managing construction projects? This two-year course will give you transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a Masters qualification that develops your professionalism in effectively managing construction projects? This two-year course will give you transferable skills in project management and specialist knowledge about construction projects.

The course covers how to plan construction projects, how to manage supply chains, how to keep people working together, and how to use Building Information Modelling (BIM) for a more efficient construction process.

Strong demand for construction project managers means there will be significant opportunities for you to take up a well-paid, challenging and international career. The course is accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), which gives it additional credibility in the eyes of potential employers.

In the second year, for one semester, you’ll undertake an internship, study in another country or join a research group. This valuable experience will enhance your employability and further develop your theoretical and practical skills.

Internship

This option offers the opportunity to spend three months working full-time in one of the many companies/industries with which we have close links. You may be able to extend this over more than one semester in cases where it is adjacent to a vacation period. We will endeavour to help those who prefer this option to find and secure a suitable position but ultimately we are in the hands of the employers who are free to decide who they take into their organisation.

Research

If you take this option, you will be assigned to our Architecture and Built Environment Research Group. There is every possibility that you may contribute to published research and therefore you may be named as part of the research team, which would be a great start to a research career.

Study Abroad

We have exchange agreements with universities all over the world, including partners in Europe, Asia, the Americas and Oceania. If you take the Study Abroad option you will spend a semester at one of these partners, continuing your studies in English but in a new cultural and learning environment. Please note that this option may require you to obtain a visa for study in the other country.

The course is particularly aimed at people with at least some background in the construction industry. If you have a different background you may wish to consider our MSc Project Management.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors whose wealth of practitioner and research expertise adds to the richness of the delivery of the course. Their expertise, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The high quality of Northumbria’s research in Information Sciences is shown by the fact that 90% of our research impact has been judged to have very considerable reach and significance (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners via guest lectures and master classes.

Teaching And Assessment

Our teaching methods include lectures, small group seminars, workshops, master classes, and field visits. As this is a Masters course there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

You’ll undertake a Masters project that will hone your skills in evaluating and applying research techniques and methodologies. The topic of the project will reflect your own unique interests.

Assessments are designed to give feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. The assessed projects will enable you to test your skills in ways that relate to current industrial practice. Specific assessment methods include assignments, written reports, exams, group presentations and debates.

The Advanced Practice semester will be assessed via a report and presentation about your internship, study abroad or research group activities.

Learning Environment

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research. Our use of lecture capture software will help you revise challenging material.

You’ll have access to industry-standard software such as Microsoft Project, Asta Powerproject, IBM SPSS and NVivo. You will have access to the most up-to-date versions of Autodesk BIM software and other BIM-related learning materials including the ‘White Frog’ system.

Our library, which was ranked #2 in the UK in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015, has excellent digital resources with over 100 databases for independent learning as well as half a million electronic books and another 500,000 print books.

To facilitate group projects there are dedicated student working spaces, such as ‘The Hub’, an area that is well equipped for meetings and working with IT. The Zone is another area that’s popular with students undertaking group work or individual study.

Research-Rich Learning

As a Masters student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will support you in your final independent research project, where you choose to produce either a research paper or a dissertation. Your supervisor will provide guidance from its development through to completion.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Your project-based learning will benefit from the research activities of the teaching team.

Our specialist interests include information management, process improvement strategies, lean construction, project-driven organisations, innovation diffusion, 4D planning and scheduling, and construction project management. Northumbria University is particularly known for working on Building Information Management (BIM).

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional education in construction project management. Many of the modules involve field visits and guest lectures, allowing you to understand the processes being used to manage construction projects and to talk with experienced managers. This will give you extra insights that increase your competitive edge.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Chartered Institute of Building. This will make it easy to demonstrate that you meet the academic requirements for chartered status.

The Advanced Practice semester may help you develop a track record of achievement that will help you stand out from other job applicants.

A two-year Masters course, like this one, may carry particular weight with employers. They’ll understand that you’ll have a deeper understanding of topics as well as more hands-on practical experience.

When it comes to applying for jobs, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up opportunities in management roles in construction-related organisations, particularly internationally-driven contracting companies. Past graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Arup, Arcadis, BAM Construct UK, BDP, Bouygues Construction, Carillion, Kier Group, Laing O’Rourke, Mace, Mott MacDonald, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Skanska and Turner & Townsend. Job roles have included BIM coordinators, design managers, digital engineers, directors, management consultants, project managers and technical specialists.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD or Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a Masters graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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