Taught course

Building Information Modelling and Management

Oxford Brookes University · School of the Built Environment

Entry requirements

This MSc is open to students who hold a good undergraduate honours degree (2.1 or above) in a related discipline. Please note, we will also consider applications from candidates with relevant experience in construction, (or an alternative qualification) and demonstrable ability to study at master's level.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This programme has been designed to meet the challenging demands of the modern learner and the rapidly evolving needs of the built environment sector in respect to the emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a working practice, the MSc in Buiding Information Modelling and Management , through its intelligent use of the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), is designed to deliver a flexible and innovative programme of study.

The MSc is available both as a one year full-time programme, and in open-learning mode that is normally taken over two years (extendable up to 5 years). The course consists of four core modules plus research methods and a final dissertation. As each of these core modules is entirely self-contained students may enter the program in either September or January.

Prior to September 2016 entry, this programme was named Construction Project Management and BIM.

There are two modes of delivery for the MSc Building Information Modelling and Management - full time on campus or open learning. The course entry points are September and January.
Extensive online learning material is provided to all students via the virtual learning environment (VLE) - our own intranet site to which students have access at all times.
Module leaders can be contacted via the VLE, email, telephone and Skype.
Intensive study periods: all students attend four intensive study periods during their programme. These are normally around 3 days long. Students and staff enjoy the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge as well as renew friendships and make connections within the industry, and the open learning students get the chance to meet the staff face to face. The organisation and the collaborative nature of these intensive study periods is always praised by our students who particularly enjoy site visits, workshops and guest lectures from industry experts, that form the major features of the intensive study periods.
Field trips and site visits: there are a number of field trips and site visits which take place mainly during the intensive study periods. There is one European field trip during the MSc programme that takes place at the end of January each year - usually to the Netherlands. As well as bringing together full time and open learning students, the aim is to integrate knowledge gained in the early part of the programme, to develop team skills and build relationships. The European field trip also exposes MSc students to project management practices outside of the UK and assess the ability of students to observe and report on the different approaches to project management in the UK and overseas.
Applied or problem based learning: in response to industry feedback we have made our postgraduate education more practical by using an 'applied' approach to learning, sometimes called 'problem based learning' or PBL. This approach encourages learning by allowing students to actively work through problems that are adapted from complex real situations. As these cross discipline boundaries and require research and collaboration, we use our links with industrial practitioners to help devise the problems we use in class. This leads to a more exciting and relevant student experience.
Module outlines
People, Leadership & Organisations aims to develop your knowledge and understanding of how behavioural and organisational issues influence project performance and how they can be harnessed to effectively deliver projects. It includes an overview of management approaches, exploration of the issues around understanding self and others, team theory and leadership, communication, conflict theory and resolution, conflict resolution strategies and learning from experience in project environments and also conflict and negotiation in the context of personal and cultural differences. The application of the PBL approach in this module is facilitated through problem solving exercises based on prominent case studies and game play exercises.
Project Planning, Control and Risk prepares you to manage projects within the built environment through the use of advanced planning and control techniques. You will 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.
BIM in Practice recognises that the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours has the potential to unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. This module develops your understanding of the principles behind BIM and its application in practice. It examines need to develop BIM strategic and execution plans aligned with the organisation business strategy, including the preparation of a business case for BIM adoption. This is followed by an examination of the project life cycle, and develops a critical understanding of contemporary procurement methods to set the context for BIM considerations. It looks at the need for supply chain collaboration and integration germane to successful BIM implementation. It develops understanding on the need to eliminate wastes from project procurement and delivery processes prior to BIM implementation with the aid of process improvement and innovation thinking. It emphasises the need to recognise the cultural and social implications for BIM adoption and the use of appropriate change management strategies. The module also focuses on the information requirements of project stakeholders and the requirements for the management and exchange of information between supply chain members and the client through the project life cycle covering both the capital and asset phases. It develops an understanding of the legal and commercial implications of the use of BIM including the ownership of information and related issues. The module culminates in the development of knowledge on the establishment of BIM execution plans to manage the successful delivery of projects.
Advanced Construction Technology and BIM recognises that the current challenge of The UK construction industry is to find innovative solutions to meet the demands of a rapidly changing world. Sustainable Construction, Off-Site Construction and Smart Technologies are some of the methods being developed to deliver a high quality, productive and more sustainable built environment for our future generations.
Though yet to be fully incorporated into standard practice, Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the emergent technology that is becoming the fundamental vehicle in driving and delivering these innovations. This module therefore explores both advanced construction technologies and innovations and the use of BIM in managing and organising construction project information.
Applied Research Methods provides you with the fundamentals of research design highlighting the difference between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms and demonstrates how data can be both gathered and analysed and how deductive arguments can be used to produce valid generalisations from data. It also provides you with an overview of particular research techniques such that you can choose and develop those tools most appropriate to your particular research project.
Your Dissertation follows on from Applied Research Methods and aims not only to generate new knowledge or insights but also to develop your capacity to undertake rigorous research, to plan and execute an extended project and to communicate complex ideas effectively verbally and graphically. You will work with a supervisor from within the department to produce an original piece of work of publishable quality through conducting your own primary research and presenting your findings in a professional manner.

Information for international students

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements.

Fees and funding

Please see https://www.brookes.ac.uk/studying-at-brookes/finance/

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Programme Administrator
+44 (0)1865 483342