- Entry requirements: Related 2:1 degree (or equivalent)
- Full-time: 12 months
- Part-time: 24 months
Discover the transformational impact and future potential of building information modelling (BIM) on architecture, engineering and construction. You’ll gain expertise using innovative digital technologies and explore the application and implementation of BIM across all stages of project planning and delivery.
The rapid evolution of digital technologies and innovations in design and construction is transforming how professionals in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry are creating, communicating and interacting.
Building information modelling (BIM) is emerging as a new method, process and technology for creating and managing information for a built asset. Automating information flow across disciplines, BIM is embedding a culture of collaboration, integration and coordination across the design, construction and operational phases of building projects.
This programme will immerse you in the exciting new tools, technologies and methods that are driving this digital transformation and collaborative approach to project delivery.
You’ll gain practical experience using BIM software, including design authoring tools, such as Revit, ArchiCAD and Rhino, as well as design coordination and clash detection tools, for example Navisworks and Solibri.
Other specialist software and hardware technologies will also be introduced. These range from 3D visualisation and animation software to virtual reality, parametric modelling, and sustainable environmental design.
Guided by academic experts, researchers and leading practitioners, you’ll take part in a variety of team-based tasks and activities. These will provide you with experience of devising BIM implementation strategies, researching BIM in real-world contexts, and identifying and communicating the benefits and challenges of BIM for a project or organisation.
Discover what you'll learn, what you'll study, and how you'll be taught and assessed.
International students may be able to study this course on a part-time basis but this is dependent on visa regulations. Please visit the Government website for more information about student visas.
If you're able to study part-time, you'll study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
Studying part-time means you can study alongside work or any other life commitments. You will study the same modules as the full-time master's degree over a longer period, usually 24 months. You can make studying work for you by arranging your personal schedule around lectures and seminars which take place during the day. After you complete all the taught modules, you will complete your final dissertation or project and will celebrate your achievements at graduation the following term.
The module aims to provide students with a critical and systematic understanding of the theoretical, practical and technological aspects of Building Information Modelling as a tool, as a process, and as a managerial method. Through a combination of formal lectures, presentations and seminars managed by academic staff and leading practitioners from the AEC industry, students will be able to scrutinise the multi-faceted impact of BIM on the whole project life-cycle based on a thorough understanding of the limitations of traditional project delivery and the several challenges that may restrict full BIM adoption in practice. The module will introduce students to the various concepts and technologies that underpin BIM practice such as nD modelling and maturity levels, common data environment and clouds, data exchange and design coordination, clash detection and model checking, and interoperability and Industry Foundation Classes (IFCs). Students will also get familiar with the national and international BIM standards and will be able to observe the growth of BIM adoption in the UK and worldwide. Furthermore, the module will present BIM as enabling tool/method to support building sustainability and will introduce students to different concepts that are shaping the wider context of BIM and its future potentials such as parametric modelling, digital design, big data and smart cities. The module will be complemented with case studies to show examples of successful BIM implementation within real building projects. The module will introduce students to the case study research, allowing students to investigate the applications of BIM within a real-life project while enhancing their academic writing and research skills.
In this module, students will first be introduced to the key concepts of sustainability and sustainable environmental design. This will provide students with a basis for understanding how BIM tools and related technologies can support all stages of sustainable design from inception, to construction, to operation and enhance the performance of buildings. Students will have the opportunity to explore the use of BIM tools through case studies.
This module is an introduction to parametric modelling tools and digital fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting.
With the rapid development of Virtual Reality (VR) and Virtual Environments (VE), costs have now fallen to the point where it is feasible and practical for architects to consider integrating VR/VE in their design workflow. This module aims to give a theoretical and practical grounding in VR and VE to equip students with the tools to use this technology.
Students will be introduced to the historical context of virtual environments and virtual reality, and different related concepts such as augmented reality and mixed reality. They will experience different ways of interacting with the virtual environments through modelling, editing, immersing and walkthroughs.
Students will be able to explore profoundly different VR systems through a comparative study. They will be introduced to various software specialised in advanced 3D modelling, visualisation, and animation, and will be able to practice those software through developing a detailed model for an existing space.
The module is designed to develop the necessary understanding of the design and management of effective workflows in BIM-enabled collaborative settings. The focus of the module will be to introduce new ways of working, strategies and implementation plans necessary for the successful adoption of BIM on a project and organisational levels. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) will be introduced and its contribution to early collaboration and effective decision making will be discussed and exemplified with real projects on both local and global scales. Students will be introduced to the concepts of data sharing in file-based and model server environments, basics of different models and data formats and interoperability. An important focus will be understanding the necessary information and data flows in different stages of the project and building life cycle. The module will also aim to develop a comprehensive awareness of the BIM requirements by the UK Government and the current global use of BIM as an integrated platform.
Students will have the opportunity to undertake tasks and activities similar to those BIM specialists undertake in real practice, such as presenting the opportunities, obstacles, tasks and activities associated with BIM implementation within collaborative project delivery, and working within groups to provide a BIM implementation plan for a hypothetical project.
This module will provide an opportunity to develop hands-on skills and experience in generating both domain-specific and collaborative design models, and merging models for design coordination, and clash detection. Students will be introduced to various 3D BIM packages and develop a comprehensive understanding of working with different BIM models including data sharing, merging information, and interoperability across various BIM and CAD packages aligned with their domain expertise. Students will also be introduced to the legal implications for data sharing.
Besides, the module will offer students the opportunity to experience design-based and experimental research within a team-based research group, and report their work progress and results based on a comprehensive understanding of the concepts of ‘Open BIM’ and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC).
Research methods training for MA/MSc thesis
The module will introduce students to the cutting-edge technologies utilisable and the state-of-the-art methods applicable to foster the development of the construction industry. It will offer students the opportunity to explore, analyse and scrutinise those innovative technologies and methods, such as Lean construction, modular construction, sustainable construction, digital twins, Internet of Things, and Reality capture.
The students will be able to investigate the technologies, methods and factors that are driving the digital transformation in the construction industry based on a critical understanding of the nature of the construction industry, the typical role of construction managers and the inefficiencies in traditional construction methods.
This module is a continuation of ARCH729 and will deepen the knowledge gained in parametric modelling tools and fabrication, focusing on interactive/kinetic design, as well as the developement of 1 to 1 prototypes .
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a conventional written dissertation on an individual, approved topic related to the students degree topic.
A primary aim of this module is to offer the opportunity to submit a ‘ Research by Design’ thesis which combines a thorough piece of research culminating in a design project. This should respond to current research agendas in the field of architecture, Sustainability, digital design or BIM and in particular the idea of Design as Research. It is expected that the majority of students will work individually but, with the prior agreement of the Director of Studies, students undertaking a Research by Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity. Clear demarcation of individual contributions to the project must be evident in the final submission.
You’ll learn through a combination of lectures, small-group seminars, tutorials, group work, reflection and guided independent study.
Lectures will typically provide a broad introduction to key topics and debates, while seminars allow for group discussion and enable issues to be explored in greater depth.
The assessment of this programme includes a variety of written essays, reports, blogs, portfolios, projects, and group and individual presentations.
Most of these diverse assessment methods are designed to mimic real-life scenarios. This includes developing a BIM implementation plan for a hypothetical project, for example, and communicating the benefits, issues and challenges of implementing BIM for design coordination to a project team.
You’ll receive comprehensive feedback on your work at the end of each module.
We have a distinctive approach to education, the Liverpool Curriculum Framework, which focuses on research-connected teaching, active learning, and authentic assessment to ensure our students graduate as digitally fluent and confident global citizens.
The Liverpool School of Architecture benefits from a comfortable, well-lit studio, work and seminar/review spaces, including a ‘hi-tech’ design studio, to which you will have 24-hour access.
Our facilities include a Print Media Design Suite, computing labs, workshops, a laser suite, a CNC router room, 3D printers, computing labs and research labs. A team of dedicated technicians will help you to get the most of these facilities and to realise your ideas.
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BIM is a rapidly growing area of architecture, engineering and construction, both in the UK and also globally. This programme enhances your employability by enabling you to get hands-on with a variety of design tools. You’ll gain practical experience and insights using these innovative technologies.
A variety of tasks will familiarise you with the activities and real-world challenges that BIM professionals encounter in practice. They’ll also enable you to demonstrate communication, teamwork, presentation and problem-solving skills.
BIM professionals are in high demand in a range of roles and industries relevant to the built environment.
These include careers in:
You may also wish to continue your studies and will find you are well prepared for PhD research.
Your tuition fees, funding your studies, and other costs to consider.
|UK fees (applies to Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland)|
|Full-time place, per year||£10,150|
|Part-time place, per year||£5,075|
|Full-time place, per year||£21,350|
|Part-time place, per year||£10,675|
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching and assessment, operating facilities such as libraries, IT equipment, and access to academic and personal support.
If you're a UK national, or have settled status in the UK, you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan worth up to £12,167 to help with course fees and living costs. Learn more about tuition fees, funding and Postgraduate Loans.
We understand that budgeting for your time at university is important, and we want to make sure you understand any course-related costs that are not covered by your tuition fee. This could include buying a laptop, books, or stationery.
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We offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help cover tuition fees and help with living expenses while at university.
The qualifications and exam results you'll need to apply for this course.
My qualifications are from: United Kingdom.
|Postgraduate entry requirements||
You will normally need a 2:1 honours degree or above in a relevant field of study. For example, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Urban Design, Building, Computing, Project Management, Construction Management, Quantity Surveying, Architectural Engineering, Architectural Technology, Design Management, Building Surveying or Facility/Asset Management. Substantial relevant professional experience will also be considered.
A Pre-Master's course, which prepares international students for postgraduate study with us, is offered by the University of Liverpool International College. If you hold a bachelor's degree or equivalent, but don't meet our entry requirements, successfully completing the relevant Pre-Master's pathway means you're guaranteed a place on your chosen course.
You'll need to demonstrate competence in the use of English language. International applicants who do not meet the minimum required standard of English language can complete one of our Pre-Sessional English courses to achieve the required level.
|English language qualification||Requirements|
View our IELTS academic requirements key.
Standard Level (Grade 5)
|TOEFL iBT||88 or above with minimum scores in components as follows: Listening and Writing 19, Reading 19, Speaking 20.|
|INDIA Standard XII||70% or above from Central and Metro State Boards|
|Hong Kong use of English AS level||C|
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