University of Portsmouth

Building Information Management (Distance Learning)

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry (AEC) is changing: Building Information Modelling and Management (BIM) is becoming the industry standard for the design, build and management of modern buildings and structures.

BIM is not just a new technology, or application, but an entirely new method of working that is being adopted across the AEC industry. From 2016, the British Government will only award large public sector building contracts to companies and consortia using BIM. By 2019, this will extend to all public sector contracts, large and small.

This course has been developed specifically to respond to the need for skilled and experienced BIM professionals, not only in the use of the technology, but in its implementation, from design, to procurement, to financial management and throughout the conception, construction and the life of a building.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree or equivalent academic qualification in a technical or analytical discipline (Architecture, Construction Management, Mechanical/Electrical Engineering, Civil, Surveying, Project Management). Exceptionally, applicants from non-technical/analytical disciplines but with proven and substantiated experience in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) fields will be considered. Applicants are subject to interview.
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

You will be taught by staff from a wide range of backgrounds, including architects, quantity surveyors, project managers, construction lawyers, and structural engineers.

You will study a total of 60 credits from two core units:

BIM Theory and Practice: Understanding the technology and the ways in which the associated software supports building and management processes.
Integrated BIM Projects and Corporate Management: Understanding how to align corporate and company systems with the BIM method.
Modelling and Interoperability in the BIM Environment: Exploring the potential for further development of BIM and its applications.

Assessment methods

You will be given resources, materials, help and guidance to complete your studies to your full ability. Using our virtual learning environment you can participate in group discussions with other students in a friendly, yet challenging online class environment. Plus real-time, text-based 'chat sessions' with lecturers will ensure you receive all the support you need throughout the course.

In line with the digital content of the course, all work is developed and submitted electronically through Moodle, our Virtual Learning Environment. Assessment methods include:
Individual coursework


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2018 5,030 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning January 2019 5,030 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning September 2018 2,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Distance learning January 2019 2,570 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years

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