Building Information Modelling (BIM) MSc

  • Programme duration: Full-time: 12 months   Part-time: 24 months
  • Programme start: September 2020
  • Entry requirements: Your first degree should be in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design, Civil/Structural Engineering, Urban Design, Building, Computing, Project Management, Construction Management, classification 2:1 or above.
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Module details

Please note modules are indicative only and subject to change and development. Core modules are shared across all programmes. Other options may be taken with the approval of the Director of Studies.

Programme Specific Modules

Theory of BIM and Integrated Project Delivery (30 credits)

Students will be introduced to the technical and methodological aspects of Building Information Modelling as a tool, as a process and as an organisational change. Students will also be introduced to the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) as an emerging method for early collaboration and effective decision making in building industry. Incorporation of BIM tools into IPD will be discussed and exemplified with real projects on both local and global scales. The module will also deliver the fundamental concepts that link BIM and IPD, such as the current industry challenges and opportunities, the business value of BIM and integrated design, interoperability, lean design and construction, and building life-cycle management.

Managing Collaborative Workflows for BIM (15 credits)

The module is designed to develop the necessary understanding for 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 a successful adoption of a BIM technology on project and company level.

nD Modelling and Interoperability in BIM Environment (30 credits)

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, clash detection, cost estimation and production planning. 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 individual domain expertise. Students will also be introduced to the industry standards and legal implications for data sharing.

BIM-Enabled Sustainable Design (15 credits)

In this module, students will be introduced to various methods and techniques to utilize BIM to achieve sustainable design solutions, including waste management, and material, energy and thermal efficiency. Students will be introduced to the concept of 'optioneering' in collaborative design practice as an emerging approach to assist designers, engineers and consultants to resolve design problems through integrated modelling and analysis across disciplines in the early stages of design. The extent to which optioneering can be integrated into current BIM methodology will be discussed and debated with examples. An important focus will be the coupling of BIM with other analysis tools. The module will also develop a comprehensive awareness of the current environmental issues and debates regarding the integration of BREEAM and LEED assessment criteria into BIM models.

Common Core Modules

Parametric Design and Digital Fabrication (15 credits)

This module is an introduction to parametric modelling tools and digital fabrication techniques, such as 3D printing, CNC milling and laser cutting. Students will gain knowledge in the use of such tools and techniques and apply them in the design and production of a prototype component. 

Research Methodology (15 credits)

This module examines key skills needed to prepare a written dissertation in architecture. It consists of a series of lectures, seminars and exercises, and student presentations about their own research and dissertation preparation and methods, with the overall aim of assisting students to select, define and launch their dissertation projects.

Thesis (Dissertation, Research by Design) (60 credits)

Thesis projects may be in one of three forms, a conventional written dissertation, a Design Thesis or Research by Design. A design thesis can be submitted with supporting documentation on an approved topic or brief. The second of these design alternatives responds to current research agendas in the field of architecture, 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 Design or Research by Design Thesis may be permitted in pairs where the project is of sufficient complexity.