The postgraduate programmes in Building Information Modelling (BIM) reflect the growing need for design and construction professionals with skills in this rapidly emerging construction approach. The 2011 Government Construction Strategy stated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) was to be adopted and utilised on all centrally procured public projects by 2016. Since then the uptake of BIM has been significant across the entire built environment sector.
The aim of these courses is to equip students with high-level knowledge and understanding of processes, tools and techniques of implementing BIM in today’s global construction industry. Students will not only develop a comprehension of how the associated digital tools can be implemented through use of prevailing standards and protocols, but also how implementation can be managed within the business context of the AEC sector.
Within this course you will study the following modules:
We support you with a wealth of experience and unique expertise as well as access to state-of-the-art technology facilities, including the dedicated BIM laboratory equipped with high specification computers, a 5m x 3m stereoscopic visualisation wall, HD 3D laser scanner, drones, virtual reality headsets and a large multi- touch table for collaborative working. We have enviable links with industry and software suppliers through research and Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, and industry experts support your learning. Industry-based projects are set for assessment to give you a flavour of the real-world application of BIM.
Students who complete the MSc BIM will have a specific and relevant qualification in the field of BIM, which is currently of high importance for the industry.
We pride ourselves on a very high employability rate for our postgraduate students with many of our students becoming BIM coordinators, BIM Managers, Digital Specialists and Digital Engineers. Potential employment opportunities for graduates include: architectural and interior design practices; civil engineering practices; local authorities; environmental management agencies; space-planning and office furniture companies; and design consultancies.
At the end of this course you, the student, will be able to:
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding and critical awareness of current and emerging CAD technologies in relation to the construction industry
2. Select and effectively implement an appropriate range of advanced software tools in order to produce architectural design and construction documentation including drawings, visualisations and presentations
3. Put into practice a range of techniques required to undertake technical research in the area of CAD and visualisation; review, analyse and evaluate findings in a professional manner.
4. Demonstrate high level skills and abilities to make use of generic and bespoke software tools, solving complex design problems and developing appropriate solutions for presentation to a range of audiences
5. Evaluate current research and scholarship within the general area of ICT for construction, critique current research methodologies and apply this knowledge to solve original problems
6. Implement a range of transferable skills including the ability to learn independently, make informed decisions in complex situations and take responsibility for personal development
For direct entry onto the Master’s programme:
A lower second honours degree or equivalent in related subject is required for direct entry onto this Master’s programme.
A Postgraduate Certificate in a related subject or equivalent with a minimum of grade C in all modules.
For entry onto the Postgraduate Certificate programme
(Completion of which, with a minimum of grade C in all modules, will allow a student to progress to the Master’s programme)
A pass at degree level.
Students are selected using application form and references in the first instance and may be invited for interview.
Students applying for individual modules will be required to demonstrate the ability to absorb technical concepts and detail, possibly by way of their previous industrial or commercial experience.
Minimum English competency is the standard MSc entry: IELTS 6.0 or equivalent
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.