Design Integration and Building Information Modelling (BIM) MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. Building Information Modelling enables integration and efficiency in projects throughout design, construction and operations, supporting the delivery of lifecycle benefits for clients and users. The adoption of BIM technologies coupled with Lean processes has been seen as the way forward for the improvement of the construction industry and the achievement of more sustainable project outcomes. BIM usage is growing worldwide, with many Governments mandating its use on public projects, as it is the case in the UK. This innovative course focuses on developing skills and competences to enable you to effectively manage and maximise benefits from design integration and the use of BIM technology in projects, building from state of the art research and leading edge practice. If you are an architect, architectural technologist, engineering designer, project manager, surveyor or other construction professional, this course will enable you to develop knowledge on integrated processes, BIM and how it can be best deployed, managed and maintained throughout the whole project lifecycle.

A special feature of this course is the multidisciplinary approach, in which students from diverse construction related backgrounds will study together to understand the project complexity and the information needs of diverse project stakeholders. The course aims to focus on process improvement through lean design and construction, with the use of supporting BIM tools.

This course aims to provide students with the necessary skills to lead projects to deliver value through the utilisation of digital information, making better and faster decisions in multidisciplinary, collaborative working environments. Therefore, you will have opportunity to develop the skills needed to support integrated design and delivery solutions with BIM technologies.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


28 months part time – September start
Full-time option also available

Entry requirements

Candidates must be able to satisfy the general admissions requirements of the University of Huddersfield and the specific requirements of the course in the following ways.

The normal entry requirements are:

•  A 2:2 Honours degree or above in an appropriate subject or equivalent.

•  Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.

•  International students must provide evidence of proficiency in English. If below the required level you may be able to take one of our pre-sessional English courses.


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Course content

The course will cover the following key themes:

## Core modules

BIM at the Industry Level: Needs and Strategies

This module aims to address BIM at the construction industry level. It describes strategic issues related to the construction industry as a whole and emphasises how value based processes can support solving some of the persistent industry issues and deliver better value to clients. The business value of BIM will also be discussed. The module aims to focus on managerial practices both traditional and innovative (value based), and how to enable better collaboration and integration throughout design and construction.

BIM at the Project Level: Collaborative Approaches

This module aims to address BIM at the project level. The aim is to provide understanding and support the critical evaluation of the key issues in collaborative, integrated BIM based projects. It includes a broad understanding of process change needed to enable the achievement of BIM benefits in practice.

Lean and BIM in Construction Projects

This module aims to discuss Lean Construction theory and practice, including its application in Building Information Modelling (BIM) enabled projects. The module discusses traditional approaches to project management and presents Lean as an innovative waste and value based approach to managing construction projects.

Research Methods

The research methods module introduces students to a variety of methods, approaches and practical issues involved in conducting academic research. It will give you the chance to become familiar with the key elements involved in designing, carrying out and assessing research relevant to a range of built environment disciplines. The objectives of this module are: to define a topic which is both researchable and manageable within the bounds of a Master’s dissertation/project; to conduct a preliminary literature search and synthesis, providing a background and justification to the research project; to establish clear aims and objectives for the research to specify the detailed plan to be carried out; and to produce a structure for the research which indicates the sources and methods to be employed and a feasible working programme.

Major Project

This module gives you the opportunity to undertake a major, in-depth piece of work along with other This includes a largely self-directed study, of what you have gained from the course and, often, to integrate it with elements from previous studies or professional experiences. It gives the opportunity for you to develop your research skills and abilities, allowing exploration of a particular and complex area covered in the taught elements of your course of study. The major project represents a study of a specified topic based on the gathering and analysis of primary and secondary data, contextualised within existing knowledge in the field and drawing conclusions to a defined research question.

Optional modules You will choose one from a list which may include:

Advanced Construction and Building Analysis

This module aims to address several key needs for the production and analysis of buildings designed to be efficient in construction and in operation. Reference will be made to the latest exemplars and how the lessons learned from these can be applied to future practice. Advanced construction techniques will be discussed alongside alternative forms of design. The module will consider both non-domestic and domestic examples of sustainable buildings. It will review them with a view to giving you the opportunity for critical questioning and analysis of their claimed performance. A key element of this module is the use of analytical methods including computer simulation to assess performance and how such information is integrated into other aspects of construction.


Construction Project Management: Planning and Control

This module is aimed at preparing you to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. It will enable you to learn and apply a range of skills in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control that includes cash flow and capital expenditure analysis, value management, risk and opportunity management and the use of software-based decision support tools as used in industry.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course can help you develop the necessary skills to lead collaborative design and construction teams, effectively manage projects, and adopt innovative approaches such as Lean Construction and Building Information Modelling (BIM). This course targets to develop construction professionals for the digital age by providing capacity required to lead and assist digital developments of the industry. As such, it will respond to the growing demand for integrated information managers, BIM coordinators, practitioners, and strategists both in the UK and overseas.

Professional links and accreditations

The University has been awarded Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Accredited Centre Status. The Design Integration and Building Information Modelling (BIM) MSc is CIOB accredited.

Teaching and assessment

Modules are assessed by a combination of written reports, presentations and examinations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Huddersfield is the UK's only university where 100% of the permanent teaching staff are fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.


Postgraduate students are able to use all facilities within the School as well as those that are particular to your specialism. Of particular relevance to this course is that Architecture and 3D design department has a well stocked and resourced Design Centre with course specific information resources. Alongside this centre is a well equipped computer suite carrying a range of design and construction software. Finally, the central library is very accessible for additional digital and printed resources.

How much will it cost me?

Tuition fees for postgraduate study in 2017/18 have not yet been set by the University. This is expected to be confirmed in May 2016 and we will update our website as soon as this information becomes available.

For information, in 2016/17, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £4,950 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available. Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.


You will need to supply your own materials during the course. These include books, equipment, materials and printing. The approximate cost of these items is £250. These costs may vary based on the materials you choose and the approximate costs are given as a guide only.

Additional routes

Research degrees are also available in this area. Contact us for details.

Interim Awards

A Master's course is 180 Master's level credits, which would normally take one calendar year full-time study. Interim awards are available at Postgraduate Certificate level or Postgraduate Diploma level should you decide to exit the course early.

Please contact us for details of the credits required for these interim awards.

How to apply

Research community

Research plays an important role in informing all our teaching and learning activities.Through research our staff remain up-to-date with the latest developments in their field, which means you have the opportunity to benefit and develop knowledge and skills that are current and highly relevant.

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