Building Information Modelling Theory and Practice
BIM and Digital Built Environments
School of the Built Environment
September 2019Next enrolment
In a nutshell
Salford was an early information modelling advocate and one of the first institutions to address knowledge and skills in this field. This postgraduate course focuses strategically on this changing landscape, designed with the aim to educate and support industry professionals in their response to current and future challenges in client expectations and wider society.
This programme provides extensive knowledge in the fields of BIM, Lean, and integrated design and project delivery approaches to deliver better whole life value through digital built environments. It is highly relevant for practitioners and graduates in the fields of architecture, engineering construction, and built environment, who wish to specialise in this area of industry digital transformation.
There are few better places in the UK to study BIM and digital built environments. In 2019, Salford is once again ranked amongst the world top 100 centres for architecture and built environment study (QS 2019). Led by prominent international BIM academics with industry experience, we're at the heart of the UK's largest property and construction market outside of London, with a host of local case studies and live projects to study.
- Develop competences so you can to support integrated design and delivery approaches
- Build on leading edge research and practice in BIM software and collaborative techniques
- Advance your skills ready take a principle role in the digital transformation of practices in work settings, delivering better whole life value through integrated design and project delivery approaches
- Be equipped with the skills necessary to coordinate roles and responsibilities for the financial, environmental and social performance
This is for you if...
You're a graduate or experienced built environment practitioner looking to develop skills using BIM software and collaborative working practice
You have an interest in efficient multidisciplinary collaboration through design and construction processes
You desire to advance your current knowledge base and to specialise in integrated design and advanced BIM technologies
All about the course
The BIM and Digital Built Environment postgraduate degree course is delivered using a modular programme. You can choose to study full-time or part-time on campus, or full or part-time via distance learning.
The master's award consists of four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit dissertation research project. The PgDip requires you to complete four taught modules. The Pg Cert requires you to complete two taught modules.
Campus full-time study:
You will study two 30 credit modules in each of your first two semesters on campus; these are designed to give you the core knowledge and experience required. In the final semester, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.
Campus part-time study:
You will attend the university one day per week, usually on day release from employment. A 30 credit module is studied each semester. In the final two semesters, you will undertake a dissertation worth 60 credits.
Distance learning study:
You will study one 30 credit taught module per semester. Assessment is driven by real-world problems aligned to your workplace and job role. Teaching is based around a virtual learning environment supported by interactive online sessions. In the final two semesters, you'll complete a dissertation, also delivered online and involving extensive tutor support You will also have the option to attend the University for specific activities such as field trips, study days and summer schools, which provide opportunities for face to face interaction and knowledge exchange.
BIM theory and practice emphasises on how the design process needs to change to achieve benefits from the use of technology. The module addresses data structures and standards, and describing data exchange needs in different use cases. It also describes collaborative multidisciplinary design settings, communication with project stakeholders, clash detection, design integration and management of design changes. Module topics include:
- The concept of BIM
- BIM deployment strategies
- Design and construction process for BIM
- BIM tools in design
- Interoperability, IFCs, parametric modelling and BIM
- Building information exchange
- Change management process and people
- Data sharing and design integration
- BIM, energy efficiency and sustainability
Integrated BIM Projects
The aim of this module is to understand and critically evaluate key issues in the management of integrated BIM based projects. The module also provides an understanding of how process and technology changes can support better value generation through design. Module topics include:
- Building industry challenges and opportunities
- The business value of BIM and integrated design
- Design collaboration
- Lean design and construction
- Integrated project delivery
- Lifecycle management and BIM
Lean Integrated Design and Production
This module aims to provide knowledge on Lean design and construction. It focuses specifically on the integration of design and construction and its importance to the successful management of projects. Module topics include:
- Integrating people, process and technology
- Lean construction/ production
- Continuous improvement
- Process design and implementation
- Process mapping analysis
- Integrating project lifecycles
Sustainable Design Theory and Practice
This module aims to provide you with critical awareness and appreciation of sustainable urban and building design to the development of sustainable communities. It describes design methods and assessment techniques for sustainable community design and development. Module topics include:
- Sustainable urban development theory
- Sustainable building design
- Visioning and sustainability assessment
- Sustainable urban design community considerations
- Sustainability appraisal
- Good practice case studies and examples
Project and Production Management
This module aims to develop systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of project and production management in the role of construction management. Module topics include:
- Construction as a manufacturing process
- Lean, agile and flexible production systems
- Management of risk and value
- Generic process models
- Tools and techniques
This module allows you to develop a research proposal with clear aims and objectives related to your study. You will undertake critical analysis of existing research and engage in various forms of recognised research in order to produce a sustained, sophisticated, and logical argument in the form of a written dissertation.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
What will I be doing?
If you’re studying on campus, you'll experience lectures, tutorials and project work.
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.
If you’re studying via distance learning, you’ll experience our online learning environment with 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 is provided through optional study days for both on-campus and distance learning students. There is also a summer school which includes seminars, group work, presentations and industry guest speakers.
Full-time: Approximately two days per week
Part-time: Approximately one day per week
Distance Learning: Two to three hours of online contact time per week with up to five hours of personal study time.
You will be assessed using coursework/design project work (100%) and continuous informal assessment by your tutors.
The School of the Built Environment
The School of the Built Environment (SoBE) aims to transform the quality of life for society and the wellbeing of future generations through a better and more sustainable urban future. With a focus on architecture, building and construction, SoBE has over 1,000 undergraduates, 800 postgraduates, and over 200 PhD research students from across the world. Having led the built environment research agenda for more than 20 years, our rich community of internationally-recognised scholars works with students, business and industry across all levels of study and research.
Salford is home to the unique Energy House – the only fully climate controlled research facility in the world. Built in 2011, this full-scale two-bedroom terraced house is inside an environmental chamber that can replicate almost any weather conditions. It is fully furnished and packed with a vast array of sensors that can monitor a wide range of variables.
Think Lab is our futuristic research environment. It leads the development of advanced technology platforms for smart city applications, collaborative engineering, industry collaborations, simulation and gaming applications, and interactive training and learning
Professor in the Digital Built Environment
Course Director: MSc BIM and Digital Built Environments
Jason’s combines his background in civil/structural engineering and construction ICT with over fifteen years research experience in the area of concurrent engineering, integrated and collaborative computing in construction, product and building information modelling. He supports organisational e-readiness towards delivering strategic value from ICT investment through involvement in both UK and EU funded research projects, on which he has published extensively.
In relation to BIM, Jason is focused towards BIM implementation and deployment together with education and training in the development of BIM capabilities, in particular bringing together the concept of organisational e-readiness with BIM. At a national level Jason is actively engaged in the Education and Training working group to deliver the UK Government BIM strategy and the present Chair of the UK BIM Academic Forum. He is also engaged at a local level including the Northwest BIM Hub of the UK Government BIM Strategy and the Northwest Construction Hub BIM Special Interest Group.
He is Director of Construct IT For Business; an industry-led non-profit making collaborative membership-based network focused on improving industry performance through the innovative application of ICT and acting as a catalyst for academic and industrial collaboration. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of 3D Information Modelling (IJ3DIM) specifically focused on BIM along with 3D GIS and their integration.
What about after uni?
BIM uptake is growing worldwide and there is a clear demand for professionals with appropriate process knowledge and technological skills. In gaining this highly-advanced specialised knowledge at the forefront of industry requirements, you will be highly sought by construction, engineering and design organisations from across the built environment.
This course is designed to help existing architects, designers and design/project/construction/facility managers to specialise in the use of BIM and the implementation of integrated design and delivery. The managerial, technical and interpersonal skills you will acquire can help you to deliver better value through integrated design in your current role or advance to this position elsewhere.
After completing this course, you will be well-placed to progress to doctoral level study. Salford’s centre for Urban Processes, Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environments (UPRISE) works across a range of subject areas to identify how we might design, deliver and experience cities differently, considering issues that impact at both the local and global level.
This course is extensively informed by collaboration between the university’s academics and industry partners from the built environment. Our experienced teaching team maintain strong links with the architecture, engineering and construction sectors, both local and international.
This collaboration with the professions ensures a stimulating range of external guest lecturers, as well as career networking opportunities. You will benefit from field visits, practitioner-led lectures and real-world problem-solving work developed for and by industry.
Field trips and site visits to innovative projects will enable the analysis and critical evaluation of cases in which high-quality design and the adoption of technology has led to benefits for clients, users and/or communities.
What you need to know
English Language requirements
International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English- IELTS 6.0 band score (with no element below 5.5) or above are proof of this.
Applications will typically be accepted from candidates who have:
- a minimum second class undergraduate honours degree in architecture, or
- 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.
Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)
We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.
The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.
Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).
We do not require references provided that you have the standard academic entry requirements. If you do not, then we will ask you to complete the Accreditation of Prior Learning process referred to above.
|Type of study||Year||Fees|
|Full-time home/EU||2019||£8,208per year|
|Full-time international||2019||£12,960per year|
|Part-time||2019||UK/EU: £1,368 per 30 credits. International: £2,160 per 30 credits.|
|Distance learning||2019||UK/EU: £1,368 per 30 credits. International: £1,815 per 30 credits.|
You should consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.