Choosing a BIM postgraduate course

There is an increasing number of Universities offering postgraduate qualifications in BIM. Many are part time or distance learning and despite the academic nature most offer a hands-on, practical, applied approach to developing BIM knowledge.

BIM and Integrated Design

University of Salford

There are three options:

  • 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)

There is a September and January intake which alters the duration of the courses. There is also the option to study full time or part time or by distance learning.  

Course Summary

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.





£1,275 per 30 credits

Full-time International


Full-time PgDip


Full-time PgCert


Distance Learning

£1,275 per 30 credits

International Distance Learning

£1,848 per 30 credits

More details at: www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/bim-and-integrated-design

MSc Building Information Modelling Management

Middlesex University

A distance-only work-based course which can be studied over one year full time or two years part time. It comprises twice-weekly webinars but the opportunity to share best practice at a campus summer school. The study includes work-applied practical projects, online meetings and lectures from industry leaders and business simulations.

The study programme is aligned to CPD and professional bodies’ frameworks.

Fees £5,500 per year

Fees International £11,000 per year

More details at: www.mdx.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/building-information-modelling-management

MSc Building Information Modelling and Sustainability

University of South Wales

Full time one year or part time three years.

This course is ideal for those currently employed in the industry who wish to develop new skills and adapt their professional abilities in line with the government’s proposal.

The award will also highlight the importance of sustainability and how the Code for Sustainable Homes and the Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) can be utilised within BIM technologies, along with the RICS Property Life Cycle, Passivhaus, and CEEQUAL (Civil Engineering Environmental Quality Assessment and Awards Scheme). 

Combining two key areas of construction management this course includes: 

  • Applied Research Methods; Environmental Management; Project Management and Techniques; 3D Building Information Modelling; Beyond the Three Dimensions;
  • Sustainable by Design and BIM Applications (developing a BIM model based on existing project); Dissertation 

Fee £4,120

More details at: http://courses.southwales.ac.uk/courses/924-msc-building-information-modelling-and-sustainability

MSc Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design Construction and Operations

University of the West of England 

One year full-time, two to three years part-time.

This course offers education and skills in BIM to critically engaged design, construction and built environment professionals. The inter-professional and multi-disciplinary approach sets the context for the programme; it takes a holistic approach to the complete a building lifecycle, including design, construction, management, maintenance, and sustainability. The course emphasises innovative sustainable and collaborative practices in building information modelling and management, within an integrated approach.


Full-time home/EU


Full-time home credits


Part-time home/EU (per 15 credits)


Full-time offshore


Part-time offshore (per 15 credits)


Full-time International


Full-time International (per 15 credits)


More details at: http://courses.uwe.ac.uk/K2101/2014#about

Building Design Management and Building Information Modelling (BIM) MSc

University of Northumbria

Three years distance learning.

The course provides an understanding of the future of construction and how the industry will develop in a BIM enabled future. Students study the complexity of working in interdisciplinary teams and managing collaborative design and production. The programme covers planning and executing design for construction, producing more efficient, sustainable and buildable projects together with leadership, decision making, strategic thinking and communication.

  • Sustainable project management
  • Project, programme and portfolio management
  • Research skills and methods of enquiry
  • Project risk and value management
  • Building design management
  • Building information modelling 1 (contemporary practice)
  • Building information modelling 2 (technical context)
  • Building information modelling and building design management application
  • Dissertation (building design management and building information modelling).
Qualification Study mode
MSc Full-time 12 months
MSc Distance learning 3 years
MSc Part-time 3 years
PgCert Full-time 6 months
PgCert Distance learning 1 year
PgCert Part-time 1 year

Fees Contact the University for details [email protected]

More details at: www.northumbria.ac.uk/study-at-northumbria/courses/building-design-management-and-building-information-modelling-bim-dl-dtpbdb6/#brief

MSc Building Information Modelling

University of Liverpool (in London)

One year full-time.

This programme has been developed for students or practitioners from architecture, engineering or construction professions seeking to develop skills in the theory and practice of BIM in design and construction.

The programme is taught by Professor Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design, an internationally leading expert who has been developing the BIM discipline both in Finland and internationally since 1996.

The teaching is primarily research led supplemented by visiting lectures, seminars and projects from leading professionals and researchers in the field.

In addition to core modules of research based skills development, you can select between modules in Sustainability, Digital Architecture and Project Management.

£9,450 (UK)
£17,100  (overseas)

More details at: [email protected]

University Diploma in CAD and BIM (Architecture)

University of Derby

Choose to study from one, two or all three modules in this classroom-based course. Complete all modules to achieve a University Diploma in CAD and BIM (Architecture), and you can progress to achieve a full university degree. A programme can be designed specifically tailored to company requirements in any of the subject areas covered in the programme, at a time and place to suit you.

  • Understand the concepts and theories of Building Information Modelling (BIM), and learn how to use BIM software effectively.
  • Develop creative skills in the application of digital multimedia technologies for the visualisation, communication and presentation of building designs.
  • Apply your skills to the design process within an architectural and built environment context.
  • The CAD and BIM theoretical framework, procurement and collaborative aspects of design and technical information exchange, affecting the design of simple to more complex buildings.
  • The technological, regulatory and professional context of CAD and BIM role within architecture and construction industry.
  • The design teams, their responsibilities and methods of working, means of working with teams and other people and operating in a professional manner.

Fees UK/EU students £495 per module (you usually take three of these modules in total) 

More details at: www.derby.ac.uk/courses/cad-bim-university-diploma/

Postgraduate Certificate Building Information Modelling

University of Wolverhampton

Full-time one year or part time six months.

The aim of this course is to develop students with high-level knowledge and understanding of BIM. This new approach is strategically important for the UK and International Construction Industry and throughout the course students will not only develop a comprehension of how the tools operate, but also how these can be implemented within the business context of the Architecture and Construction sectors. Students will study:

  • BIM Theory and Application
  • BIM for Integrated Project Delivery
  • Implementing and Managing BIM and CAD Systems


Home EU international
Full time £1,854 £3,859
Part time £1,854

More details at: http://courses.wlv.ac.uk/course.asp?code=AT010P31UVD

Building Information Management MSc

University of Westminster

Full-time, one year

The Building Information Management MSc is mainly aimed at graduates who are already in construction-related employment and who aspire to senior positions in their field. The course comprises six modules with some options:

  • Building Information Management and Integrated Practice
  • Corporate Management
  • Dissertation
  • Economics of the Construction Industry
  • Procurement
  • Risk Management for Projects


Home/EU: £7,000.00
Overseas: £11,500.00

More details at: www.westminster.ac.uk/courses/subjects/property-and-construction/postgraduate-courses/full-time/p09fpbdi-building-information-management-msc

Integrated Design and Construction Management – MSc

Birmingham City University

Full-time (13 months)
Part-time (29 months)

This course has been designed to support and lead the construction industry through the implementation of Integrated Project Delivery, alongside Building Information Modelling. The course incorporates work based assignments which also includes working alongside BIM projects. The course delivery involves combined face to face and real time web based sessions to make the most efficient use of student time.

The original concept was initiated and developed by Sarah Cooke of Thomas Vale Construction plc who created an industry advisory panel that reviewed its development. Thomas Vale continue to support this course alongside Willmott Dixon Construction, Acivico (Birmingham City Council), Rider Levett Bucknall, Associated Architects and Excitech.


Full-time UK/EU
Part-time UK/EU £585 per 15-part module
Full-time international £10,500

More details: www.bcu.ac.uk/courses/integrated-design-and-construction-management

MSc in Construction Informatics

The Construction IT Alliance (CITA)

A fully accredited 90 ECTS programme (Level 9) by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). This is a new and innovative course which allows the flexibility of distance learning.

There are three modules: BIM Exeuction Planning and Project Tools; Undetsanding Data Set Management and BIM; and Sustainable BIM Design and Construction. Each module is four weeks.

Fees €450 per module

More details at: www.cita.ie/msc/#sthash.5kIMYx5n.dpuf

MSc Information Management for Design, Construction and Operation

University of Reading

Full-time one year, or two year/flexible part-time

The distinctive focus is on the implementation and use of digital technologies in the construction sector. The programme combines internationally-renowned academic and industry expertise with intensive practical learning using state of the art technologies within the university’s dedicated BIM laboratories and virtual reality facilities.

The programme consists of the following core modules and three from a list of options. There is also a dissertation.    Dissertation and Research Skills.

  • Collaboration, practice and innovation
  • Information Systems in Construction
  • Building Information Modelling
  • Advanced Visualisation and Interactive Tech.
  • New Technology, Management and Change
  • Analysing Construction Processes


Full-time UK


Full-time International


Part-time UK


Part-time International


More details at: www.reading.ac.uk/CME/pg-taught/cme-pgt-im.aspx

MSc Visualisation in Architecture and the Built Environment

RGU Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Online course over three years

The course will allow students to develop a deep understanding of visualisation techniques, their implications for design, construction and collaboration, and the ways in which they will affect their discipline area and working practice in the future. The course contains hands-on experience with a range of software packages, providing a foundation upon which students can develop their ideas and project work.

Building on our expertise in a range of visualisation fields, the course contains modules dealing specifically with building information modelling (BIM1 and BIM2), design visualisation, urban visualisation, virtual collaboration and information visualisation. The course culminates in a student-led dissertation or advanced visualisation project.


£2400 Stage 1
£2400 Stage 2
£1600 Stage 3

More details at: http://www.rgu.ac.uk/architecture-construction-and-surveying/study-options/postgraduate/msc-visualisation-in-architecture-and-the-built-environment

MSc in Applied Building Information Modelling and Management

Dublin Institute of Technology

Part time delivered over two and half years

The programme aims to provide an educational setting in which to develop the ability to initiate and lead the process of design, construction, and life-cycle management through the medium of BIM, centred on the collaborative and multi-disciplinary building design process. It will provide experienced built environment professionals and recent Level 8 graduates with an additional skill set centred on Building Information Modelling & Management, which will enable employment as BIM professionals in building design practices and the construction industry.

The study programme is aligned to CPD and professional bodies’ frameworks.

EU Fees The fee is €6900 over 3 years or €2400 for Postgraduate Certificate; €2700 for Postgraduate Diploma; and €1800 for MSc in aBIMM

More details at: www.dit.ie/bim

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