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 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.

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 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

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.