M.Sc. Facilities Management

University of Brighton

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Tuition fee:
  • € 5,030 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,820 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date:
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The Facilities Management programme offers a challenging academic route that addresses the local, regional, national and international needs for facilities management profession. It provides an exciting and dynamic learning experience, building on your existing background and experience. Our cutting edge expertise in the built and the natural environment enables you to develop the research and analytical capabilities appropriate for masters level.

The course provides the requisite knowledge for understanding facilities management as a profession with reference to how people, spaces, organisations, services, indoor and natural environment interact within the property and construction industry in an environmentally sustainable fashion.

Emphasis is given to knowledge and skills required to manage built facilities by establishing a link between an organisation's business development and its capability through the operations of its facilities. You will explore the interaction of the technologies of design and construction whilst taking account of the legal, economic, technical, social, environmental and practical constraints. You will also develop effective methods to manage stakeholders and to select appropriate and effective systems, necessary for successful management of facilities.

Career and progression opportunities
The course serves as a training and proving ground for the next generation of facilities managers and researchers, leading to immediate employment in the property and construction industries as professional facilities managers, or to further study at doctorate level.


Course structure
Course delivery is divided into two main parts:
(i) taught portion at the university for lectures, seminars, tutorials, workshops, laboratory classes, individual supervision sessions and team working
(ii) the masters project, an individual research programme enabling you to broaden your learning and develop research skills directed at critical appraisal, examine innovative solutions to the problem at hand, and to produce and defend a written thesis on a selected project management topic using a university based supervisor.

The course has been developed using the university's modular structure providing flexibility for student learning and for further evolution of the course to reflect advances in the subject and the demands of the facilities management profession.

A typical 20-credit module normally requires a total of 200 hours of study time. The timetabled contact time for these modules is normally a minimum of four hours contact time for thirteen teaching weeks. A minimum of eight hours per week per module is used for directed self-study, structured assignments, open-ended assignments, and team working. Taught modules are assessed based on their learning objectives using coursework, presentations, oral and/or written examination at the end of the semester.

Areas of study
The programme is designed to provide students with the academic and professional core knowledge, understanding, skills and experience that are necessary to practice professionally as facilities managers in the property and construction industries. The programme provides an opportunity for an in-depth study of:
- whole-life facilities performance and cost
- space management
- procurement and management of services
- the implications of design proposals on the provision and maintenance of built facilities
- user requirements and performance
- strategies for business continuation.

The construction and operation of modern built facilities are characterised by a complex system of interacting stakeholders having continuous demand for speed, cost saving, higher quality standards, higher safety standards, mitigation of environmental impacts. These have brought about significant changes in the acquisition and procurement methods, technologies and the quality and type of professions in the property and construction industry. The taught modules in the facilities management programme have evolved to reflect this new industrial and commercial environment.

The masters project plays two major roles, firstly to develop your ability to identify, formulate, execute and report upon an individual programme and secondly to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of a topic related to the facilities management profession. A series of lectures and seminars develop appropriate research skills and expectations. The project is primarily an independent study, and your progress is monitored through interim scoping study reports and progress presentations.


For non-native speakers of English: 6.5 overall and 6 in writing.

Degree and/or experience: Honours degree; or other degree plus at least two years postgraduate experience in a position of responsibility; or full membership of a relevant chartered professional body.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

180 (Grade C)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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