MSc Facilities Management

Why study MSc Facilities Management?

Facilities Management is responsible for coordinating all efforts relating to planning, designing and managing buildings and their systems, equipment and furniture to enhance the organisation’s ability to compete in a rapidly changing world. It involves the integration of multi-disciplinary activities with the built environment and the management of their impact upon the people and the workplace.

The MSc/Diploma in Facilities Management develops competencies and skills to enable its graduates to manage facilities effectively for a changing business world. Facilities Management provides proactive support and dynamism to the core business of an organisation through a coordinated and well managed approach to secondary business functions. Graduates from the course will gain the skills necessary to fully realise the potential of facilities management in providing effective and productive environments which meet the needs of today’s businesses.

Professional Accreditation

The growth of facilities management offers great opportunities for FM professionals who are competent in the core roles required for 21st Century facilities management. The course is fully accredited by both the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). The course comprises 5 core modules and 3 elective modules, thoroughly exploring the full range of professional FM competences.

A MSC FACILITIES MANAGER WILL BE ABLE TO:
  • Assure that buildings and their services meet the needs of the people that work in them.
  • Manage services such as cleaning, security and parking, to make sure the surrounding environment is in a suitable condition to work.
ON GRADUATING FROM THIS COURSE YOU WILL:
  • Provides an organisation with many support services at an appropriate cost in order to support core business activity.
  • Demonstrate skills in effective service provision and monitoring
  • Understand business strategy, cost control, people management and property-related issues.
  • Be able to identify and evaluate appropriate decision-making strategies, and develop research capability and cognitive skills,
  • Analyse and resolve problems in your profession.
CONTENT OF MODULES:
  • BUSINESS MANAGEMENT FOR BUILT ENVIRONMENT PROFESSIONALS
    Student will gain an understanding of what is strategy, strategic management, how strategy manifests itself and what it influences.
  • PEOPLE & ORGANISATION MANAGEMENT IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
    Develops an understanding of people management in both personal and organisational objectives
    Develops an understanding of the principles of management in organisations and of management techniques
    Learn how management relates to organisations and individuals in managing change
    Develops an understanding of contemporary good practice in management concepts, including recent initiatives
  • CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
    Consideration of facilities management in the broader context of the construction cycle. The advent of new procurement methods such as the Private Finance Initiative (PFI) have inevitably drawn facilities
    managers into the larger issue of construction projects and their procurement.
    Consideration of procurement arrangement options, principles of contract law, procurement through Public Private Partnerships, construction contracts, negotiation, as well as conflicts and disputes. Facilities managers have an ever increasing contribution to make in this process in the capacity of informed client.
  • SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES FOR FACILITIES MANAGERS
    Introduces new and existing areas of theory and practice related to contract and procurement in construction and facilities management
    Develops new and refine existing approaches to contract and procurement in construction and to work through strategic analysis and synthesis of ideas
    Enhances knowledge and competencies in this area
    Challenges common sense and taken-for-granted thinking
    Applies existing competencies in new ways
  • SPACE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
    Provides a strategic overview of space from a business perspective.
    Identifies the supply and demand process in relation to property portfolios and considers tools and techniques that enable the effective modeling and use of space.
    Examines the concept of flexibility and reuse in the context of a changing organisational context. Alternative space strategies are examined in the module in tandem with new ways of working.
    Consideration of how space can be used to support work-life balance strategies in organisations.
  • SERVICE PROCUREMENT AND PROVISION
    Examine the key services that make up a modern facilities management operation ranging from interior design, landscaping and courtesy services to the more traditional property related services concerned with the upkeep of facilities.
    Provides a theoretical basis for service procurement; the selection of service providers; and risk management models.
    Consideration of the organisational, human and cultural impact of facilities and ways in which improved services can affect facility performance. Within the module, ongoing performance measurement systems are also described which enable the effective management of service contracts.
  • VALUE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
    A practical understanding of the value and risk management of the strategic and tactical development of a construction project.
    A practical appreciation of value & risk management techniques used at the technical development stage of the design
    A practical understanding of the practice of value management with the UK practice of cost management
    Develops an understanding of the development of a PPP brief, including a practical appreciation of value & risk management techniques used at this stage.
Dissertation

DISSERTATION

Students choose a topic for their dissertation/project report that aligns with the research interests of staff in the School and/or relates to aspects of their employer; or interests that they wish to develop further. Some examples of past project titles are listed in a later section. Distance learners are likely to develop something based in their country of residence with advice from staff in the School. This may well include work with an employer, a local company or may involve independent study. Students receive academic supervision throughout the project period from Heriot-Watt staff. Individual arrangements will be set up with each student. Presentation arrangements will also be set up individually.

UNIVERSITY

Heriot-Watt University

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
  1. Advanced National Diploma in Civil Engineering plus 8 years relevant experience.
  2. Advanced Diploma – City & Guilds plus 8 years relevant experience.
  3. Relevant First Degree.
  4. Mature Entry Route (to be assessed individually)
GRADUATE OPPORTUNITIES

Postgraduate study in facilities management is a safe bet, with a greater number of jobs available than ever before. Opportunities can be found both in-house with large companies or with specialist contractors. The world’s top ten facilities management companies are multi-billion-pound operations with international contracts, and senior posts can pay top salaries. MBA graduates may go on to become directors of estates and facilities in the public and private sectors, venture into regional management, or become international account managers for outsourced facilities management delivery companies.