Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM) (MSc)

University of Nottingham Ningbo China, University of Nottingham China

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How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
CNY 80000 per year

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
CNY 90000 per year

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About Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling (BIM) at University of Nottingham Ningbo China, University of Nottingham

MSc Geospatial Engineering with Building Information Modelling?BIM?

Course outline

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

Course structure

The course is studied over 12months. 60 credits of modules are studied in the autumn and 60 credits of modules are studied in the Spring Semesters. A research project is undertaken in the summer semester, also worth 60 credits.


Students must take all modules in this group

Additional Module Choice Information for PG I

A student may not retake a module they have studied at Nottingham on a previous course. Substitute modules to be agreed with the Course Director.

Career options for this degree

In China, BIM has attracted an increasing amount of concern and lots of AEC companies or institutes desire to recruit talented people with relevant BIM skills and experience. Graduates from this program would be expected to find decent jobs in local and international AEC companies. During the academic period, students have opportunities to visit and communicate with large AEC companies, and even enroll as interns after graduation. For those who wish to pursue their academic careers, this postgraduate programme prepares them well for higher level research and to continue onto PhD level.

Our Careers Development Service will work with you to explore your options. They will invite you to attend recruitment events featuring potential employers, and will suggest further opportunities, such as relevant work experience placements and skills workshops.

Entry Requirements

  • Course Requirements2.1 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

Other qualifications and/or extensive professional experience may also be accepted.

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

How to apply

  • Domestic students
  • Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan students
  • International students

Scholarships and fees

  • Domestic students
  • Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan students
  • International students


Course Director:

Dr Lawrence Lau


Admission Office:

The University of Nottingham Ningbo China 199 Taikang East Road Ningbo 315100 China

Tel: +86 (0)574 8818 0112/0262/0330

Fax: +86 (0)574 8822 2483


Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesCNY 80000 per yearInternational course feesCNY 90000 per year

Notes about fees for this course

Other costs for reference

Text books: flat fee of 2,500 RMB. If your books do not total this at the end of the academic year, you will be refunded the difference.

Living costs: Approximately 1,500 to 3,000 RMB per month for living expenses.

Accommodation: Varies depending on the type of accommodation chosen.

Compulsory insurance: 900 RMB per year for postgraduate international students.

Entry requirements

We consider applicants on the basis of academic merits as well as English language proficiency. Although the entry requirements for our masters degrees vary depending on the course, as a general rule, you are expected to hold an honours degree at 2:1 level or above (or international equivalent) in an appropriate subject. Evidence of relevant personal, professional and education experience may also be taken into consideration.

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