MSc Facilities Management

Postgraduate, Distance learning

Facilities Management MSc



You can help plug the skills-gap with a degree in Facilities Management.

Overview

Globally, there is increasing market demand for Facilities Management skills, coupled with a shortage of qualified practitioners with the expertise required to deliver the FM service. Facilities Management is a key sector of the economy and professional expertise in providing the range of FM services is in high demand.

This course, which is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), will equip you with knowledge of the principles and methods of successful facilities management, from technological processes to commercial considerations. This will enable you to operate professionally at a high level within the industry.

Distance learning study replaces campus attendance with specially-developed online learning materials. You can study at your own pace, in your own time from anywhere in the world.

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Mode of Study:

Distance learning

Duration:

2 years

Start date:

SepJan


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Course details

Facilities Management is about integrating multi-disciplinary activities within the built environment and managing their impact upon people and the workplace. It is one of the fastest growing professions, supporting people in their work and other activities and enabling organisations to deliver vital non-core services effectively and responsively. It ensures physical assets are cost-effective, allows for future change in space use, enhances the organisation’s culture and image and helps provide competitive advantage to the core business.

From the management of technology, maintenance and engineering services within buildings to property asset management, project and change management, space management, corporate social responsibility, risk and compliance, FM covers the range of support services required in modern organisations.

All facilities require ongoing strategic management and there are opportunities to work across the world. Due to a shortage of qualified professionals with the required expertise, demand is high for suitably qualified FM practitioners.

Whatever your background, this RICS accredited programme will equip you to become a competent professional ready to enter a career in this dynamic field. The accreditation means this programme meets their academic requirements, putting you on track towards chartered status. Full chartered status can be obtained following a period of work experience after graduation and on successful completion of the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC).

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

The course is entirely distance learning and there is no attendance requirement other than to sit exams. Students can start the course in September or January and the MSc will take around two years to complete.
  • calendar How you’ll be taught You’ll learn through a combination of self-directed independent online learning materials, online discussion topics and independent study.
  • note and pen Assessments

    Assessment is by a mix of methods including written examinations and coursework assignments. Coursework is submitted online so campus attendance is only required for written exams. 

    For students based outside the UK, exams may also be taken by arrangement at an approved examination centre close to your location. 

    Further information about the module content, learning outcomes and assessment strategy for each module is available in the online module catalogue.

Modules

Modules that you will study* as part of this course

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

Health and Safety ( BSV11142 )

Introduction to Health and Safety Law
Background to health and safety law, its history and development in the UK. The Impact of International Obligations. The role of the International Labour Organisation. Role of the EU and European Directives.


The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Scope and application of the Act, Safety Policies. Legal Duties under the Act. Legal duties of employers, employees, controllers of premises, designers, manufacturers, importers, suppliers. Enforcement of the Act. Appeals against enforcement notices. Offences by Corporations, Directors, managers, etc.

Institutions of Health and Safety
Role of Government. The Health and Safety Executive.

Health and Safety Management
Introduction to occupational health and safety management systems, UK and international standards.
Tools of health and safety management. Health and safety and Employment Law in UK.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations. Risk Assessment. Principles of Prevention. Health and safety arrangements. Health surveillance. Health and Safety Assistance. Information for Employees. Co-operation and Co-ordination. Capabilities and Training.. Working Time Regulations. Safety Officers. Safety Representatives. Safety Committees. Enforcement of Organisational Health and Safety Rules

Particular Health and Safety Issues
Working Alone. Working Abroad. Immigrant Workers. Smoking at Work. Drug abuse. Alcohol at Work. Home Workers. Bullying at work. Disabled Employees. Stress at work. Young persons. Expectant mothers.

Workplace Safety
Working at Height Regulations. Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations. Manual Handling Regulations. Fire Safety. The Fire precautions (Workplace) Regulations
Personal Protective Equipment at Work Regulations.

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.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 applicants who have completed a Bachelor (Ordinary) degree if they have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry. There may also be an additional essay requirement if they apply with less than an Honours degree, this would be confirmed on submission of the application to the Admissions Team.

As this course is accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the minimum level of qualification to be considered will be at Bachelor (Ordinary) degree level.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by 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’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU-Taught modules *£890 tba
Home/EU-Dissertation module £530 tba
Overseas-Taught modules *£910 tba
Overseas- Dissertation £600 tba


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.
Frequently Asked Questions about Fees
Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Careers

You will graduate into an industry where your skills are in high demand. Facilities Management professionals are required in all sectors of global economies from airports and other infrastructure to leisure facilities, commercial organisations, consultancies, property companies, Integrated FM providers and local and central government. Possible roles following graduation could include the following:
Facilities Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • FM Consultant
  • Estates Manager
  • Property and Facilities Director
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Project Manager
  • Account Director
  • Business Development Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Moves Manager

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