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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert BIM and Integrated Design

Course Description

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


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)


• Dissertation (60 credits)


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

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert BIM and Integrated Design page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Applications will typically be accepted from candidates who have a minimum second class undergraduate honours degree in architecture, a minimum second class undergraduate honours degree in engineering, project management or other built environment discipline, or a recognised professional qualification in a cognate discipline

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