The Master of Science (MSc) in Facility Management (FM) deals with methodological, technical and managerial issues in FM. The consecutive Master's degree programme builds on the Bachelor's degree in Facility Management and enables students to deepen their scientific understanding and provides a practical awareness of this interdisciplinary management field.
Master's students become expert at bridging the gap between theory and practice through dealing with scientific issues, becoming familiar with the latest international research literature, and completing complex projects professionally. They are thus optimally prepared for the challenges of their future leadership roles.
The study programme carries 90 ECTS points. It is divided into subject specialisation and into learning scientific methods and business skills. 30 ECTS points are awarded for the Master’s thesis. The duration of the full-time study programme is three semesters; a part-time option is available generally lasting five semesters.
The Master's degree programme at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts ZFH concludes with the internationally recognised title "Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management".
A Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management provides students with a nationally and internationally recognized degree.
They develop their ability to cope with complexity and develop their scientific skills. Internationally oriented organisations increasingly expect a Master's degree as an entrance qualification for leadership positions. Growing cost pressures and the need to increase productivity mean that expert Facility Managers are in demand, not only in the private sector, but also in public institutions.
Master's graduates thus have various professional and managerial opportunities, for example:
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The total cost of a course of study is composed of study fees, various expenses for learning materials, excursions etc., and individual living expenses. Registration fee 100,- CHF (ca. 70 EUR) once only. Semester fee 720,- CHF (ca. 570 EUR) per semester. Additional fee 500,- CHF (ca. 400 EUR) for international students per semester.
The consecutive Master of Science in FM is designed to address current issues and dynamic challenges in Facility Management from a scientific perspective. The study programme is based on the holistic FM model described in the European standards. It is internationally oriented and equips students to carry out applied research and to adapt the FM model to individual business situations.
The Master of Science in Facility Management is modular, and each semester has a specific focus.
In all three semesters scientific knowledge and methods are taught in order to promote action-oriented problem-solving skills. This practice- and project-oriented training promotes transdisciplinary and holistic thinking in FM. Intensive collaboration with partners from the field and with public authorities ensures that the Master's degree programme provides a sound preparation for the world of work.
To ensure that the most up-to-date, practically relevant projects and research are included in the Master's degree programme, MSc students may be involved in national and international research work at the Institute of Facility Management.
The educational concept combines independent learning, (supervised or individual) with contact lessons (lectures, seminars). Participants work individually and in online networks. In the contact situations, the principles the students develop in independent study are discussed in greater depth.
With this dual teaching approach, both the dynamic educational requirements of the FM profession and the individual preferences of the students are taken into account. “Exploratory learning” is emphasised in that students’ own generation of knowledge comes to the fore during work on the Master’s thesis.
Building on the Bachelor's degree in Facility Management, a Master's degree offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge. Excellence is sought at master’s level. Thus, an above-average university degree and / or additional evidence of achievement is expected.
The Master's programme is intended primarily for graduates with a professional degree in Facility Management at Bachelor's level.
Students with a different qualification, for example in the fields of business administration, hospitality management, civil engineering, building services engineering, architecture or other FM – related studies, who can provide proof of the required entry competences will be admitted to the Master's degree programme.
The lectures will mainly be held in English. English is the language of all scripts and documentation. Knowledge of English (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Languages proficiency scale) is therefore essential for successful study. Students can choose individually whether to write their assignments in German or English.
No work experience is required.
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