BIM and Digital Built Environments
School - School of the Built Environment
Subject area - Built Environment
Start Dates(s): September
MSc (one year full-time or two years and four months part-time on campus or distance learning)
PgDip (eight months full-time or one year and eight months part-time on campus or distance learning)
PgCert (four months full-time or eight months part-time on campus or distance learning)
MSc (One year and four months full-time or two years and eight months distance learning/part-time)
PgDip (One year full-time or two years distance learning/part-time)
PgCert (One year distance learning/part-time)
Part-time - £1,300 per 30 credit module
UK - £7,800
International - £12,300
Distance Learning - £1,300 per 30 credit module
- Gain knowledge of advanced BIM technologies and lean processes
- Develop skills to deliver better value through integrated design and project delivery
- Research-based teaching, including industrial guest lectures
- Part-time study option
- International students can apply
The construction industry is facing unprecedented change that is being driven by digital transformation. This course focuses strategically on these changes, and is designed with the aim of educating and supporting professionals in responding to current and future challenges in client expectations and wider societal needs.
This programme aims to provide 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 intended primarily 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.
This course provides the skills and competences that will enable you to support integrated design and delivery approaches as well as equipping you with the skills necessary to coordinate roles and responsibilities for the financial, environmental and social performance of built environment assets. Building upon leading edge research and practice, you will be able to up-skill and 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.
The School of the Built Environment enjoys excellent links with the local, national and international built environment industry. This course meets the needs of the industry by providing formal postgraduate level education and technical knowledge in the highly advanced and emerging area of BIM and Digital Built Environments. Guest lecturers from industry with expertise in relevant areas are invited to provide lectures throughout the duration of the course, enriching your learning experience. Field trips and site visits to innovative projects will allow 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.
MSc BIM graduate
Now working at Morgan Sindall
The connections with industry are really good; there are many guests lectures that provide excellent insight and prepare you for your career in the field.
The lecturers are approachable and professional and there are lots of opportunities for students.
Having a degree from Salford is really well respected, especially in BIM, as the universityhas been researching BIM for a long time and a qualification in BIM from Salford is well recognised by industry.
This course can be studied (a) full-time on campus, (b) part-time on campus or (c) part-time by online distance learning. Admission onto the course is in September.
The Masters award consists of three core taught modules and one elective module, followed by a dissertation. The PgDip requires the completion of three core taught modules and one elective taught module. The PgCert requires the completion of two of the core taught modules. All modules are delivered over a 15 week period and are assessed through coursework.
For the full-time study option:
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 progress to the dissertation.
For the part-time on campus study option:
Part-time students attend the university one day per week, usually on day release from employment in industry. A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Throughout the final two semesters you undertake the dissertation.
Distance learning study:
A 30 credit module is studied each semester. Assessment of these modules 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 progress to the dissertation worth 60 credits, which is also delivered online and incorporates extensive tutor engagement and support. You have the option to attend the university for specific activities like field trips, Salford study days and summer schools, which enable face to face interaction and knowledge exchange.
Modules may 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
- 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
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 urban development theory
- Sustainable building design
- Visioning and sustainability assessment
- Sustainable urban design community considerations
- Sustainability appraisal
- Good practice case studies and examples
- Construction as a manufacturing process
- Lean, agile and flexible production systems
- Management of risk and value
- Generic process models
- Tools and techniques