Facility Management, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)
The Institute for Facility Management (IFM) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is the only university in Switzerland to offer a Master of Science in Facility Management. The course builds on the Bachelor of Science in Facility Management but is also open to applicants with degrees in FM-related subjects such as architecture, construction engineering, business management, building services engineering or hospitality.



The Master of Science in Facility Management was developed in response to the increasingly complex nature of the core roles fulfilled by facility managers. The rising complexity of tasks and contexts, the increasing pressure to cut costs, the speed of change and overlapping areas of competence are all factors which mean that facility managers need to understand and help shape other business functions as well as their own.

The facility managers of tomorrow will not only support core business processes, but also lay the foundations for the results-based, sustainable and successful achievement of strategic corporate goals. The Master of Science in Facility Management will prepare you to meet this challenge.

Workload and language

The course is worth 90 ECTS credits and can be studied over three semesters (typical full-time option) or five semesters (part-time option). Contact time takes place on Wednesdays,

Thursdays and Fridays in Wädenswil, with special teaching events held over longer periods in January and June. The course is taught and examined in English.

Programme Structure

The Managerial Skills and Strategic Management module groups provide students with the strategic and analytical skills they will need to gain a rapid understanding of the decision-making channels at their workplace. They will also learn how to generate and interpret relevant data and prepare facts-based reports to support management-level decisions, working independently and with a solution and goal focused approach. Facility managers are often actively involved in restructuring measures, and must know how to design and implement the relevant procedures in order to generate value for their company.

The Strategic Planning of Facilities and Services module covers innovative issues in the three main areas of facility management (real estate management, service management and workplace management) in order to allow graduates to identify, initiate and lead new and timely developments in their later working life. They will develop their innovation skills at the same time as becoming aware of the need to innovate and to initiate and support company-wide changes on a needs-led basis.

The Advanced FM module (FM Integrated module group) also focuses on innovation by investigating the current status and future prospects of trends in the field of facility management.

MSc students also contribute to ongoing research projects (Applied Research Project module group) in order to learn reflective and career-focused research skills. The versatile nature of the course allows students to get involved in research projects and focus on a topic of interest at a very early stage in order to identify solutions in collaboration with our industry partners.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 18 months
    • Average part-time duration 30 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

The Master of Science in Facility Management provides students with an opportunity to expand their knowledge of the topics covered in our Bachelor of Science course. Applicants must have completed a first degree with an above-average overall grade and/or provide additional evidence of academic ability.


The Master of Science in Facility Management is aimed at students who have successfully completed a first degree in facility management.

Applicants may meet the course prerequisites and be eligible for admission if they have completed a degree in business administration, hospitality, construction engineering, architecture or other FM-related subjects.

Eligibility is assessed as part of the admissions process, and we offer online materials and an introductory course for any students who wish to top up their skills.


All lectures are held in English and all lecture notes and other documents are provided in English. In order to be successful, students must therefore have good English skills (level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). Students may choose whether to write their thesis in German or English.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1322 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 661 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1322 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 661 EUR per semester and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
  • Tuition fees of CHF 720 per semester (subject to change) plus study materials, membership of the Academic Sports Association Zurich (ASVZ) and individual living costs.

Living costs for Zürich

  • 1900 - 3000 CHF/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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