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Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management

As a Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management you will be able to: understand real estate, manage employees, initiate innovations and implement sustainability.

New Title: Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management (MSc REFM)

The Institute of Facility Management is continuously developing the range of courses at bachelor's and master's level. The aim is to train excellently qualified specialists and executives for the real estate and facility management industry. The course previously known as the Master of Science in Facility Management (MSc in FM) is currently being augmented with additional expertise in banking and finance. From the autumn semester 2022, the course will commence under the title of “Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management” (MSc REFM). Combining the competencies of the Institute for Facility Management and the Banking and Finance department make this Master of Science course unique in Switzerland. Admission to the MSc REFM is based on the successful completion of the IFM's bachelor's degree in facility management. However, admission is also open to those with a degree in real estate management, business administration, architecture, engineering and/or hospitality management. The students become qualified for management positions in the diverse strategic areas of responsibility of real estate and facility management where technical and business areas intersect. Thanks to the interdisciplinary competencies they acquire, they are optimally equipped for the challenges of digital transformation and sustainability in the dynamic context of supply and demand in the real estate market. This includes new technological possibilities as well as the topics of energy management, circular economy and sustainability. Future graduates are “facilitators” and “relationship managers” and benefit from outstanding career prospects.

Why pursue a Master's degree in Real Estate and Facility Management?

From autumn 2022, the Institute for Facility Management (IFM) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) will be the only university in Switzerland to offer a Master of Science degree that combines the areas of real estate and facility management, economics, operational technology / IT and services. The demands on leaders in real estate and facility management have greatly increased. The fields in which they operate are becoming more and more complex and require professionals to have interdisciplinary competencies. This master's program optimally prepares students for the challenges of the industry. This includes new technological possibilities as well as such topics as energy management, circular economy and sustainability.

"The business is constantly changing and has become extremely flexible. Competence providers such as real estate and facility managers must be very adaptable to meet the demands of the working world, whether in large companies, the public sector or large service providers. What is needed are competent facility managers who tackle all their challenges with enthusiasm and commitment."

Paul Schmitter, graduate of the previous Master of Science in Facility Management (MSc FM), video-portrait (youtube)

Your profile

You are keenly interested in topics such as: corporate and public real estate management, sustainability in construction and operation, digital facility management, building information modeling (BIM), computer-aided facility management (CAFM), FM-compatible construction planning, lifecycle costs , strategy development, change management, leadership, investments, energy management, sustainability, urban mobility, workplace management, service design, customer journey, benchmarking, hospitality management, project management, process engineering, smart experience, data management, data mining

You have a bachelor's degree in: facility management, real estate management, business administration, architecture, engineering and / or hospitality management

Career: As a Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management

Basis for a career with excellent career prospects: Competent specialists and leaders in real estate and facility management are in great demand, due not only to growing cost pressures, but also to increasing general environmental awareness. In both private and public sector companies, there is a great need for professionals with in-depth knowledge regarding the sustainable strategic planning and management of real estate as well as the design and optimization of services. Whether as a smart city expert in a local community, workplace manager in a bank, manager in hospitality management in a hospital or real estate manager in a pharmaceutical company, there are many exciting, and varied, career opportunities to be had.

Good reasons for studying for a Master of Science in Real Estate and Facility Management (MSc REFM) at the ZHAW

Course content and progression

The master's degree combines independent learning with face-to-face and online lessons. Students prepare for face-to-face teaching in self-study using literature, learning videos, etc. and practical case studies. In the on-site and / or online contact lessons, we delve more deeply into the prepared content and look at ways in which it can be applied, and questions are discussed.

This dual teaching approach takes into account both new forms of learning and the requirements of professions within the real estate industry. 'Exploratory learning' enables students to learn independently. In this respect, students are able to generate new knowledge when working on their master's thesis.

 

“The students benefit from the close cooperation with industry, international research partners and professional associations. Strategies and innovative solutions are developed in the master's program. In the exchange with business partners, leadership skills and the applicability of what we study are practiced in real life."

Dr. Isabelle Wrase MRICS, MSc course director at the Institute for Facility Management

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