Taught course

Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM)

University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus · University of Nottingham Ningbo China Campus

Entry requirements

Course requirements - 2.1 honour degree or above (Upper 2nd class hons degree and above or international equivalent).

In a relevant discipline - Geomatics, Geosciences, Geography, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Built Environment, Construction Management, Surveying, computer science or closely related degrees.

Other requirements - Applicants should have ‘A’ level mathematics or equivalent.

Months of entry


Course content

BIM is a growing technology used in the building industry worldwide. It uses digital techniques to create and use intelligent 3D models to communicate building project decisions. GIS is a technical system to implement the collection, storage, management, calculation, analysis, display and description of geospatial information data. The results help to understand what is happening in a geographical space which can increase efficiency in building planning and design. The current ‘lack of BIM innovation’ and ‘lack of BIM talent’ could delay the progress of Chinese “smart” cities, which aim to reduce resource consumption and cost and use digital technologies to benefit their citizens.

This programme will be run entirely at the University of Nottingham Ningbo China (UNNC) with internship opportunities in leading BIM companies in China. It is a collaboration between Department of Architecture and Built Environment and Civil Engineering. In particular, research and teaching support will be provided by three leading research laboratories including Geospatial BIM lab, Digital City Infrastructure and technology Innovation Laboratory (D-CiTi Lab), and Big Data and Visual Analytics Lab. These laboratories are working closely with leading AEC consultants (Arup, WSP BP), international professional institutions (RICS, ICES, CIBSE) and leading BIM software vendors (Autodesk, Bentley, Leica, Tekla, Trimble).

Students are able to learn how to use and operate a very wide variety of state-of-the-art software, as well as surveying equipment including servo driven total stations, laser scanners, GNSS, digital and analogue photogrammetry. With extensive project and consultancy experience on the Geospatial Engineering, BIM in the AEC sector in the UK and China, the team is planning to promote the Smart City with multi-dimension BIM applications across China.

Advantages of studying this programme at the University of Nottingham Ningbo:

  • be familiar with BIM related software and surveying device;
  • the ability to apply their skills directly within the surveying and AEC industry;
  • react quickly to new technologies and innovations;
  • communicate ideas effectively in written reports, verbally and presentations to groups;
  • exercise original thought, as well as gain interpersonal, communication and professional skills;
  • participate real project work for experience accumulation;
  • plan and undertake individual projects.

This programme will help:

  • gain a complete understanding of theory, practice and issues of BIM and Geospatial technologies;
  • acquire opportunities to use what you have learnt in real project work;
  • explore new research methodology to promote development in this field;
  • acquire technical skills of software operation, data analysis and design optimization;
  • improve team-work ability and communication skill;
  • foster individual ability to conduct academic researches.

Information for international students

Applicants whose first language is not English or whose entry qualification was not obtained in the English medium are required to provide evidence of their proficiency in English. English language requirements are:

  • IELTS score of at least 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.0 in individual elements or
  • TOEFL (paper based) score of at least 550 + TWE no less than 4.0 or
  • TOEFL (Computer based) score of at least 210 + TWE no less than 4.0 or
  • TOEFL (IBT) 79 with a minimum 17 in any element.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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