The Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction


MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management

The MSc in Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management offers a unique educational programme for professionals looking to use cutting-edge techniques in the management of built assets.

MSc Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management

Course highlights

  • This course has been specially crafted in collaboration with high-profile industry stakeholders from across the built environment sector. 
  • Prepare for a variety of roles, ranging from infrastructure operators to design consultants to academic researchers. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to use digital advances for real-world applications.

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The digital realm offers solutions to some of society's biggest problems - but there is often a knowledge gap that prevents its power from being harnessed. This MSc draws on digital advances such as building information modelling, smart cities, big data and internet of things, to help close that gap through the management of built assets and shape a better world.

Our focus is wide, but targeted, and touches on every aspect of building better places and spaces, from design and construction through to operation and maintenance.

This MSc has been developed in collaboration with high-profile organisations and individuals from across the built environment sector.  The process of creating the MSc was industry-led from the start - our connections ensure it remains at the cutting edge.

The course is deeply engrained in the industry in which it operates, but is also research-led – which means our students gain a robust understanding not only of the best ways to work now, but also of how we can work in the future.

Structure and assessment

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two optional modules (30 credits) and a dissertation (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Service Operations Management
  • Space and Workplace Management
  • Principle of Building Information Modelling
  • Principles of Asset and Facility Management
  • Spatial Databases and Data Management
  • Digital Innovation: Collaborative Practice

Optional modules

  • Strategic Project and Quality Management
  • Management Concept for Facilities

Students may take the recommended optional modules or a minimum of any relevant 30 credits from across the School of Sustainable Construction.

The availability of all optional modules is subject to demand.


Students undertake an original project based on research work which culminates in a 10000-word dissertation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of formal and interactive lectures, workshops, visiting speakers and site visits.  Assessment is through coursework, essays, group projects and presentation, and the dissertation.

Study modes and entry requirements

Duration: The course can be studied full-time over one year or two to five years flexibly.

Entry requirements: Read the full entry requirements for this course on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Personal statement: As part of your application you should include a personal statement. Please use the statement to tell us: ​What do you consider to be one of your key strengths that is relevant to the MSc in Digital Innovation in Built Asset Environment (up to 300 words)? Tells us about an experience that helped you develop this strength in the past and why and how the MSc in Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management will help you develop it in the future (up to 300 words)? 

Fees and funding

Fees: Tuition fee information can be found on the UCL Graduate Prospectus.

Funding: For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding section of the UCL website.

Programme staff

Professor Michael Pitt, Programme leader 


Michael teaches both the Service Operations Management and the Principles of Facilities and Asset Management modules on the MSc in Digital Innovation in Built Asset Management. He has been involved in property research and teaching since 1990. Michael works closely with industry stakeholders on projects related to facilities management linked to productivity and efficiency in the workplace with a particular focus on the office environment. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and has served on several Facilities Management committees over the years.

Professor Tim Broyd, Deputy programme leader


Tim has extensive experience in the industry as he has held several senior roles such as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies, including both Atkins and Halcrow. 

Teaching and learning administrator

Farjana Manna


The programme is forward-thinking, meaning the techniques learned will be relevant not just today, or tomorrow, but for the infrastructure owners and operators, companies engaged in strategic and operational facilities and asset management, design consultants and academic researchers shaping our digital future.

More information

For further information, including how to apply, visit the UCL Graduate Prospectus