MSc Facilities Management

Postgraduate, Distance Learning

This course caters to students from a range of backgrounds who can bring skills from their current disciplines and apply them to this dynamic field.

  • Napier code:

    52703MM

  • Course type:

    Distance Learning

  • Duration:

    2 years

  • Award:

    MSc

  • Location:

    Distance learning

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Course introduction

In today’s climate, businesses must be managed economically, efficiently and effectively, so as to provide maximum income or output. This course will train you in the principles and methods of successful facilities management, from technological processes to commercial considerations.

Identical in duration and content to a part-time course, this option replaces campus attendance with specially developed printed and online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time.


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Whether you're an architect, estate manager, accountant, lawyer, or hold a degree in social sciences, this course could take you that extra step into a fascinating and rewarding career.

The course is designed to prepare you to make a valuable contribution to the facilities management of any property type through the teaching of the strategic and operational principles which can be customised to the company’s particular requirements.

Subjects include

  • Strategic management
  • Facilities management
  • Law and administration
  • Building economics
  • Property asset management
  • MSc thesis

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

You'll graduate into an industry where your skills are in high demand. 

With the resurgence in the property market and investment both by the private and public sector in capital projects and infrastructure, there is an increasing demand for facilities managers to service numerous projects across the UK and further afield, and to maintain and enhance the existing property stock.


The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We look for applicants to have a background in any discipline in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. There may also be an additional essay requirement if you apply with less than an Honours degree, this would be confirmed on submission of the application to the Admissions Team.

  • English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.


Tuition fees
Students from 2017/18 2018/19
Home/EU-Taught modules *£570 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £350 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£870 tba
Overseas- Dissertation £580 tba
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Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Modules that you will study as part of this course*

Building Economics ( BSV11111 )

Appraisal and analysis of the economic structure and health of the UK property and building industries. Economic models of industrial location and urban growth. Macro economic overview and examination of regional and European issues. Urban land economics; theoretical analysis, assumptions and application of models. Allocation of real property resources. Principles of 'building economics'. Comparison of demand and supply side of the firm. Factors influencing construction cost. Cost and value management. Principles of developer's budgets, cost modelling and cost planning. Balancing value and cost.

Further information

Dissertation ( BSV11120 )

Research methodology, developing a proposal, designing a research strategy, literature reviews, data gathering, analysis, presentation, writing up and presentation.

Further information

Facilities Management 1 ( BSV11112 )

Facilities Management : An introduction and overview Facilities Management Skills Property as a facility - space management Introduction to Quality Management for the Facilities Manager. GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a tool in Facilities Management. Support Services for Facilities Management. Strategies for improving Facilities Management implementation in organisations. Introduction to Information and Communications Technology

Further information

Facilities Management 2 ( BSV11113 )

Strategic aspects of Facilities Management Finance Management Risk Management for the Facilities Manager Building Performance Environmental Management Project Management within Facilities Management Application of Information & Communication Technology to Facilities Management. The implementation of GIS (Geographic Information Systems) as a tool in Facilities Management

Further information

Law and Administration: Property and Construction ( BSV11106 )

Introduction to law and legal concepts: jurisdiction; Sources of Law; Civil and Criminal Law; Accessing the law. Law of Contract: Basic principles; Legal capacity; Illegal contracts; Error and misrepresentation; Remedies for breach of contract; Contract and property transactions. Law of Agency: Basic principles; formation; duties of Principal and Agent; Termination. Principles of property law: Heritable and Moveable Property; Property rights; Transfer of property; Securities over property. Law of Leases: Basic principles; Commercial Leases, typical clauses and Rent Review. Reparation: Delict and Tort; The duty of care; Negligence and professional negligence; Occupier’s Liability; employer’s duty of care. Law of Health, Safety and Welfare: Regulations relating to the property and construction sector; Liability of Stakeholders in construction projects. Forms of Contract used in the construction and property maintenance sectors; Choice of procurement strategy and selection of contracts.

Further information

Property Asset Management ( BSV11109 )

The role of the property asset manager, models of property asset management, property asset management (registration, valuation and performance measurement), Information Technology for PAM, property asset management (corporate and public sectors) and corporate social responsibility.

Further information

Strategic Management (Built Environment and Engineering) ( BSV11100 )

Management Theory: Motivation; Behavioural aspects of the individual and interaction of groups. Leadership Theory and styles; Communication; Conflict; Delegation; Innovation and Entrepreneurship Organisational Theory: Objectives, operational principles, structure characteristics, inception and growth. Systems approach to organisation. Corporate Planning-Formulation of company policy: models for strategic planning; evaluation and implementation of strategy; managing change.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.