Applied Facilities Management

Applied Facilities Management MSc, PGDip, PGCert, CPD

Course fees (2018/19 entry)

Option / fee Value
Home/EU full-time annual tuition fee: £6,300
Home/EU part-time tuition fee: £37 per credit
International full time annual tuition fee: £14,450

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Course type






Built Environment

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About your course

Gain professional BIFM qualifications by completing this Applied Facilities Management Masters at Liverpool John Moores University. You’ll also qualify for studying or certified membership of CBIFM and access state-of-the-art e-learning technology

  • The programme is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
  • An opportunity to also gain Professional Qualifications in addition to your degree with integrated qualifications offered via the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)
  • Enhance your career prospects by applying a range of multi-disciplinary skills to the facilities management discipline
  • Study crucial subject areas that will give you the cutting edge in the industry, and allow you to manage your facilities successfully within different social, economic and environmental contexts
  • Distance learning mode available so that you can study wherever you are in the world 
  • Two year part-time study route for students already in employment

Course accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)

Gain professional qualifications in addition to your degree with integrated qualifications offered via the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM)

Introduction to the School

The Department of Built Environment delivers an exciting range of professionally-accredited postgraduate programmes designed to develop innovative and creative professionals equipped to react to the challenges of the modern global built environment.

Our portfolio of programmes includes courses for experienced practitioners who want to enhance or refocus their skills to secure promotion or enter a new area within this fascinating profession. We also run courses specifically designed to equip aspiring entrants to the sector with the skills and competencies they need to succeed.

Whatever your ambitions are for the future, our postgraduate qualifications will ensure you enjoy excellent career prospects both in the UK and internationally and enable you to provide ‘real world’ solutions to the challenges of sustainable global development.

Why study this course at LJMU?

Facilities Management is a recognised global profession offering opportunities nationally and internationally.

The programme is ideal if you are a professional associated with the built environment from facilities management, property management, building surveying, project management, building services engineering disciplines or in a career as a built environment client from the public and private sector.

You can also study the course as a route to specialising in facilities management and progressing your career more quickly in this field

The School also enjoys a strong record in business partnering with several local, national and international organisations. These projects add value to business by delivering innovative solutions and forming a creative working environment. Throughout the course, you will have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice if you need help with your studies.

Programme outline and structure

The programme aims to provide you with a contemporary, relevant and meaningful way to approach facilities management in the modern business environment.

You will study challenging and stimulating theory, concepts and developments in facilities management and learn how to deliver business support services that are strategic and integrated to the core functions of an organisation.

Studying the legislative, sustainable and technological changes that impact a facilities management role will help you to succeed within a strategic business environment. 

A key feature of the programme is flexible work-related learning. You will also be able to take comparative studies comparing and contrasting different workplace environments.  Producing a formative blog of your activities on a weekly basis will provide you with the opportunity to apply generic concepts to real-world practical examples, often relating to your own workplace.  

The academic team prides themselves on being actively involved with industry and will connect you with a vast professional network during your study. You will have opportunities to be part of networking events with professional institutes such as BIFM.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance below on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.

Level 7
  • Strategic Facilities Management
  • Managing Staff and Customers
  • Knowledge and Information Management   
  • Legislation, Finance and Risk
  • FM Project
  • Research Methods
  • Managing Intelligent Buildings
  • Leadership for a Sustainable Environment
  • Dissertation

Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.    

Academic Framework reviews are conducted by LJMU from time to time to ensure that academic standards continue to be maintained. A review is currently in progress and will be operational for the academic year 2016/2017. Final details of this programme’s designated core and option modules will be made available on LJMU’s website as soon as possible and prior to formal enrolment for the academic year 2016/2017.

Please email if you require further guidance or clarification.

How will I be assessed?

Teaching on the course is all online via distance learning, using our state-of-the-art e-learning technology.

You’ll have access to recorded lectures and podcasts, live virtual classrooms, and formative e-learning activities such as blogs and discussion forums.

We have a range of assessment methods including coursework, e.g. projects, technical reports, and both individual and group presentations. 

Your tutors will provide prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas, our virtual learning environment. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Staff research interests

Being at the forefront of research, your lecturers will help you to develop into the top facilities managers of the future.

Combining research expertise with our extensive links with professional bodies and employers, ensures that all of our postgraduate degrees are industry-focused, globally relevant and at the forefront of knowledge development.  

The Department of Built Environment is recognised as a leading contributor of enhanced applied and ‘blue skies’ knowledge, blending traditional built environment fields of research with innovative and highly advanced areas of engineering.

The Built Environment and Sustainable Technologies Research Centre (BEST) has been awarded Institute status in recognition of its outstanding work. BEST is supported internationally by the EU, UK and USA Ministry of Defence, Carbon Trust and Technology Strategy Board, as well as by industrial partners including United Utilities, NHS, Tarmac and Taylor Woodrow.

Entry requirements (Home)

Candidates without a first degree may qualify for entry to the programme on the basis of considerable relevant work experience, normally comprising at least five years at managerial or equivalent level which would be subject to assessment by the programme team.

Overseas candidates would normally be expected to possess one of the above entry qualifications and a recognised English Language qualification equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.


The School welcomes applications from non-UK students holding equivalent qualifications. You can apply online at

The School is proud of its internationalism, having many students from countries around the world.

For potential students who live beyond the European Union’s boundaries, you are welcome to contact the faculty directly should you have any questions using

Alternatively you can contact the International Admissions Team using

Will I be interviewed?



6.5 (Minimum of 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?


Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Postgraduate loans for students from England, Wales and the EU

Postgraduate Masters loans are available for those studying in the 2017/18 academic year. The new government loans, of up to £10,280, are available for students attending eligible full and part-time Masters courses. To be eligible part time courses need to be studied at 50% intensity. Personal Eligibility is based on your age, your residency and if you have studied at Masters level previously.

Loan repayments will begin the April after course completion, with the first cohort of borrowers commencing repayments in April 2019. Repayments will be made at a rate of 6% of income above an earning threshold of £21,000. This threshold will be frozen until 2021. For details of loan terms, conditions and eligibility, go to:-

Postgraduate Loans for students from Northern Ireland

The Northern Irish government is also introducing a loan for students commencing postgraduate study from September 2017 onwards. Unlike the loan for students from England and Wales this scheme offers a loan for tuition fees only with no funding available from the NI government for living costs. The loan for tuition fees will be paid direct to LJMU.

The maximum loan for those starting in 2017 is £5,500 per course. Please note this means in some instances the loan will not cover your tuition fees in full and you will need to make alternative arrangements to pay the balance as well as source funding for your living costs.

LJMU Alumni Award

Alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 20% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*).

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.

Graduate employment

Facilities Management is a recognised global profession offering opportunities nationally and internationally.

The programme is ideal if you are a professional associated with the built environment from facilities management, property management, building surveying, project management, building services engineering disciplines or in a career as a built environment client from the public and private sector.

You can also study the course as a route to specialising in facilities management and progressing your career more quickly in this field

Applicants will normally be expected to hold a first degree from an approved university of at least upper second-class honours level in a cognate or semi-cognate subject.

Alternatively, candidates may possess a first degree of at least lower second-class honours level combined with a relevant professional qualification or relevant professional experience of at least two years.

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting for more information and advice.


LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here:

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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