Commercial Building Surveying

Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) MSc

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £35 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

Course type



Built Environment

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

The MSc Integrated Building Information Management (BIM) at Liverpool John Moores University provides all the latest skills to work in this rapidly expanding field. You’ll gain CAD software experience and postgraduate management expertise.

  • Complete this masters degree in one year (full time), two years (part time)
  • Informed by internationally-recognised research from our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies (BEST) Research Institute
  • Gain the knowledge and skills required to work in the field of BIM Management in the UK and overseas in a variety of sectors
  • Access the latest computer aided design (CAD) and information management software
  • Opportunity to complete an integrated BIM project, working collaboratively with colleagues form other disciplines

BIM is the first truly global digital construction technology and will soon be deployed in every country in the world. It is a 'game changer'.

Recent HM Government document

This degree has extensive links with industry, helping ensure the curriculum is kept up-to-date and at the leading edge of developments in the field.

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

BIM is the newest technological innovation in the construction industry, and companies are trying to adopt the best practices of this new technology. The Department of Built Environment works in close partnership with industry and practice through scholarship, research, consultancy and the provision for lifelong learning especially in the areas of integration of the project team, leveraging the current capabilities of BIM. This helps ensure that our programmes are responsive to the changing needs of industry, government, local communities and professional practice.

Our Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Institute (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work and is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board. This research and other consultancy initiatives directly inform teaching on the master’s programme.

World-class research

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as one of the UK’s leading research departments for built environment and sustainability research. Around 83% of research from LJMU’s School of the Built Environment submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

This work, combined with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development in this field.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Completing the MSc Integrated Building Information Management at Liverpool John Moores University will help you make more efficient, effective and overall economic decisions in a collaborative environment, supported by the adoption of Building Information Modelling.

The construction industry is continually evolving. The integration of building information throughout the lifecycle of an asset is becoming more important. Such integration is dependent on a truly collaborative approach to design, cost, construct and maintenance of buildings and infrastructure. 

This programme will encourage you to question your current thinking and practices, and become more innovative and creative in solving unique problems.


This will be achieved via a stimulating and challenging study of theory, concepts and practical application in the field; all designed to ensure you graduate as a self-reliant, versatile, enterprising and competent Building Information Manager.

You will also develop key skills including problem-solving abilities, research acumen, practical competencies, critical appraisal and communication skills to support your career long after graduation.

Programme outline and structure

This degree is ideal if you are involved in the procurement and management of built assets from a variety of professional disciplines, as it considers the implication of information management from all sides of the industry

You will gain the knowledge and skills to lead information management throughout the life cycle of a project and have an understanding of the implications of decisions made via Integrated Project Delivery. 

You will accrue an advanced understanding and knowledge of the theory and practice of the: 

  • interaction processes involved in designing, constructing and managing a building/infrastructure project using BIM, 3D models and big data

  • significant factors in the selection of information management techniques to achieve the optimum performance outcomes through the life cycle of a project

  • the supply chain both internal and external involved in a BIM project across different disciplines
  • current institutional and sector BIM standards and develop project specific protocols
  • risk management in BIMtechniques/procedures  for successful implementation of a BIM project
  • BIM sustainable and environmentally-friendly solutions inter-disciplinary skills necessary to work with professionals from a variety of backgrounds 

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Project Planning Execution and Control
  • Risk and Value Management
  • Integrated BIM Theory 
  • Integrated BIM in Practice
  • Collaborative BIM Project
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation
  • Financial Management and BIM
  • Sustainable Design 
  • Production Management and BIM 
  • Facilities Management and BIM
  • Civil engineering and BIM

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.

Assessment methods include examinations, presentations, assignments, essays, problem solving scenarios, projects and case study based tasks.

The programme has a strong emphasis on developing professional and transferable skills required by all industry sectors. These skills will be enhanced through group discussions, problem based learning and case study scenario. 

Delivery methods on the course include a combination of knowledge sharing lectures and application based workshops. The Collaborative BIM project will also include a block delivery approach to facilitate collaborative real time experience. 

You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework. Assessment methods include examination, assignments: essays, reports, problem solving scenarios, collaborative industry based projects and case study based tasks.

Staff research interests

Staff leading the programme are engaged in industry leading research.

Current projects include: 

  • Professor David Bryde – Project Management and the supply chain
  • Dianne Marsh – Building Information Modelling and its implications on the current management and organisational practices of the Construction industry
  • Dr Wilfred Matipa Building Information Modelling and its impact on the estimating function

  • Dr Anupa Manewa – Whole life value considerations in buildings and infrastructure facilities
  • Dr Matt Tucker – Work placed productivity in Facilities Management

Entry requirements (Home)

An Honours degree with a minimum 2.2 classification or a professional qualification of equivalent standing together with such relevant professional experience as deemed appropriate by the School.

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence. If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, MRes, MPhil or PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application.  In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)


58-64 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or in instalments. If you need advice about how to pay your tuition fees, please email LJMU’s Student Funding Team.

Funding sources

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans and Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDLs) to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.

Graduate employment

Understanding the concepts and culture behind a collaborative, data rich BIM environment is becoming one of the key skills required by employers.

This means securing a qualification in this field will boost your career prospects both in the UK and overseas. 

Completing this Integrated Building Information Management Masters degree will enable you to reach beyond the limits of your own particular discipline towards a senior management role. 

You will gain the core knowledge and collaborative skills required to work in multidisciplinary business environments as a BIM Manager, in information management roles or leading BIM enabled projects. 

The programme has a strong emphasis on developing professional and transferable skills required by all industry sectors and your skills will be enhanced by working on collaborative project works, through group discussions, case study scenarios and professional links.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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