Digital Construction (MSc)

Construction student

Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Francis Close Hall, Cheltenham

The construction industry has been criticised for being inefficient and slow to evolve towards changing needs of society and global challenges. “Overly complex, fragmented and price fixated in terms of procurement, adversarial in its supply chain relations, wasteful in its project execution, conservative in its adoption of new technologies” Wilkinson (2015)

The emergence of Building Information Modelling (BIM) ; Advanced Construction Technologies (ACT); Interactive Technologies (IAT) , conceptual and systemic processes offer an expedient approach to design, construction, engineering and environmental problems through all phases of the lifecycle of building development process and have started to offer the industry an opportunity to innovate and evolve. It is clear that the future of the built environment and construction industries will be digitally enhanced.

This course focuses on exploring the issues, challenges and changing digital technological needs of the various stakeholders within the construction industries. This will enable students to develop an in-depth and integrated understanding of BIM and other Interactive technologies applicable to their working practice and discipline area.

  • Explore and develop an advanced understanding of Building Information modelling (BIM), CAD, interactive technologies, collaborative techniques and information exchange,
  • Develop your understanding of theoretical, conceptual and practical frameworks in relation to building environment solutions.
  • Explore concepts, methods and systemic processes for whole building life cycle, leaner, better value integrated design solutions and project delivery proposals.
  • Enhance your technical, collaborative and interpersonal skills to position yourself as a future focused project lead, coordinator or manager.

There is a global demand for high-calibre professionals with the skills in BIM and ACT that this course will provide. On completion, you'll be able to apply specialised knowledge, expertise in interactive technologies and creative solutions across construction and design disciplines, at the forefront of the industry.

This course offers an opportunity for architectural technologists, interior architects, construction management, surveyors and civil engineers to develop specialised skills in construction disciplines, Advanced Construction Technologies and Building Information Modelling as part of a new generation of versatile, highly skilled, high calibre graduates within a competitive job market.


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Study style

  • Learning takes place through a combination of lectures, tutorials, workshops, group and individual projects, seminar led learning by staff and visiting experts and student-led research.
  • Teaching techniques combine the practice and philosophies of built environment disciplines, together with a focus on advanced construction and digital transformation technologies, innovation, creativity, personal development, expression, professionalism and sustainability.
  • Our Architecture, Construction and Environment subject community comprises a blend of UK, European and international students, which provides a rich mix of geographic, environmental, social and cultural influences, and further enriches the learning experience.
  • Assessment within the course consists of group and individual coursework projects, project reviews, individual written reports, oral presentations and a dissertation.

Entry requirements

  • Interview + Portfolio
  • 2:2 honours degree in a relevant architecture or construction-related subject including, but not limited to, architecture, architectural technology, interior design, construction management, surveying and civil engineering


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This course is intended for those who wish to lead and manage digital information, virtual design, construction and project delivery. The following offers a guide to a variety of existing job roles, though it should be noted that this sector is growing and roles will change name:

  • BIM coordinator / manager / BIM consultant in architecture and built environment. / BIM designer.
  • Architectural visualizer
  • Digital engineer / Digital technologist
  • Digital technology manager
  • Digital information strategist

Industry links

All of our existing programmes enjoy the benefit of links with local, national and international practices, business and organisations. Our strong industry links offer awards, intern positions, live challenges, visiting lectures and employability skills workshops that could result in your graduate career pathway.

Design students
Unlike traditional built environment subject areas, our students learn from and collaborate with other constructed environments students’ disciplines from the start of their course - challenging the preconceived ideas of their disciplines, exploring strategies for constructing resilient futures, developing entrepreneurial business ideas and learning to work with others in the multi-disciplinary team.
Students collaborating
Courses embed design, technology and sustainability within the core of the structure, challenging students to be innovative, adaptable and responsible designers within our ‘real site, real client and real issue’ projects, adding value to a client’s proposal.

School of Arts

Our School of Arts provides specialist studios with the latest industry technology so you can develop your creative talent. You will collaborate with other artists and designers and be inspired by practising professionals to refine your own authentic voice.

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