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Master of Science in Facility Management – Course structure and programme

Module blocks

The Managerial Skills and Strategic Management module groups provide students with the strategic and analytical skills. They will need them to gain a rapid understanding of the decision-making channels at their workplace. They will also learn how to generate and interpret relevant data. They will prepare facts-based reports to support management-level decisions, work 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. They 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. Key issues include ICT-driven developments, social shifts such as demographic change or migration, energy issues, increased efficiency and cost cutting in hospitals or new workstation designs. 

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. They focus on a topic of interest at a very early stage in order to identify solutions in collaboration with our industry partners. Facility managers always need to be able to find fresh and forward-looking solutions to everyday challenges on the basis of cutting-edge research.

Increasing levels of integration require not only forward thinking and innovation but also a holistic view of problems and challenges, developed through case studies in collaboration with industry partners. Our graduates can collect, analyse and evaluate comprehensive datasets in order to support management-level decisions (Research Skills module group), but are also familiar with best practices at home and abroad, have built up a professional network and understand both local challenges and global developments (International FM module).

Course structure