Design Integration and Building Information Modelling (BIM) MSc

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. BIM enables integration and efficiency in projects throughout design, construction and operations, supporting the delivery of lifecycle benefits for clients and users.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

1 year full-time – September start
Part-time option also available

Places available (subject to change)

20

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472281

About the course

Strategic design integration and effective Building Information Modelling (BIM) skills are highly sought after in the construction industry worldwide. BIM 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 is providing significant improvements in 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • An Honours degree (2:2 or above) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification.
  • Alternative qualifications and/or significant experience may be accepted, subject to approval.
  • For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.

Art, Design and Architecture


Explore the facilities and technical resources available to art, design and architecture students at the University of Huddersfield including laser cutting and 3D printing. You’ll see the spaces in which our students work from design suites to textile workshops and photography studios, plus examples of the inspiring work they produce.

Course Detail

The course will cover the following key themes:

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.

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 (both written and oral) 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

What can I research?

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.

Innovative Design Lab Research Centre (IDL):

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. You can study this course on a part-time basis but, as this is a full-time course, you may have to attend every day of the week.

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Your career


We know you’re coming to university to undertake your course, meet new people and broaden your horizons. However, we also help you to focus on life after you have graduated to ensure that your hard work pays off and you achieve your ambition.
 
So while you’re here (and even after you graduate) the Careers and Employability Service offer professional help, support and guidance, including industry-supported workshops, careers fairs and one-to-one guidance sessions. Find out more about the Service.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

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.

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