M.Sc. Facility Management

ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Application deadline: April 30 each year
Tuition fee:
  • € 1,950 / Year (EEA)
  • € 1,950 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 18 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time
More information: Go to university website
Intensity: Flexible
Duration part-time: 30 months
Part-time variant: Weekday

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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.

Scope, structure and qualification

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".

Career prospects

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:

Professional and management positions working for

  • large corporations
  • general contractors
  • FM/Total Service Providers
  • public buildings administration / public real estate management
  • project developers
  • construction companies, building cooperatives, real estate managers
  • municipal infrastructure, public service, postal services, transport, energy, water companies
  • health care
  • financial services
  • industry
  • research institutes

Other opportunities

  • Teaching and research and development at higher education institutes
  • Independent development of new business areas (consulting, development, services)
  • Specialised functions such as portfolio management
  • Consultancy


Study programme

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.

  1. The first semester focuses on a company's support processes from the viewpoint of FM, and identifies optimisation potential.
  2. In the second semester, students learn about companies' core processes. The central question at this stage is how FM can support these core processes effectively and efficiently.
  3. In the third semester, the course contents of the first and second semester are incorporated into the preparation of the Master's Thesis and are complemented by students' choice of industry-specific issues and particular aspects of the international FM market.

Practice-based learning

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.

Research focus

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.

Educational concept

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.

English Language Requirements

TOEFL paper-based test score : 627
TOEFL iBT® test: 120



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