MSc Facilities Management

Study mode

Full-time (1 year)

Part-time (2 years)

Distance learning

Start date(s)

September 2018

Tuition fees 18/19
Home (full-time, per year): £6,300
Home (per credit): £37
International (full-time, per year): £14,450

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About this course

Gain professional BIFM qualifications on LJMU's Facilities Management Masters. You can qualify for studying/certified membership of CBIFM.

  • Study on a 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)
  • 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
  • Benefit from flexible learning options: distance learning and a two year part-time study route for students already in employment

Facilities Management is a recognised global profession offering opportunities nationally and internationally. The Department of Built Environment 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.

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. You will also have the support of a personal tutor who can provide one-to-one guidance and advice if you need help with your studies.

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.


Fees and funding

There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students


The fees quoted at the top of this page cover registration, tuition, supervision, assessment and examinations as well as:

  • Library membership with access to printed, multimedia and digital resources
  • Access to programme-appropriate software
  • Library and student IT support
  • Free on-campus wifi via eduroam

Additional costs

Although not all of the following are compulsory/relevant, you should keep in mind the costs of:

  • accommodation and living expenditure
  • books (should you wish to have your own copies)
  • printing, photocopying and stationery
  • PC/laptop (should you prefer to use your own)
  • mobile phone/tablet (to access online services)
  • field trips (travel and activity costs)

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  • placements (travel expenses and living costs)
  • student visas (international students only)
  • study abroad opportunities (travel costs, accommodation, visas and immunisations)
  • academic conferences (travel costs)
  • professional-body membership
  • graduation (gown hire etc)


There are many ways to fund postgraduate study for home and international students. From Postgraduate Masters Loans to International Scholarships and subject-specific funding, you’ll find all of the information you need on our specialist postgraduate funding pages.


Further your career prospects

LJMU has an excellent employability record with 96% (HESA 2017) of our postgraduates in work or further study six months after graduation. Our applied learning techniques and strong industry connections ensure our students are fully prepared for the workplace on graduation and understand how to apply their knowledge in a real world context.

As a graduate of this course you can look forward to career opportunities in: facilities management, property management, building surveying, project management and building services engineering disciplines. You may also work as a built environment client in the public sector.

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Course modules

Discover the building blocks of your programme

Your programme is made up of a number of core modules which are part of the course framework. Some programmes also have optional modules that can be selected to enhance your learning in certain areas and many feature a dissertation, extended report or research project to demonstrate your advanced learning.

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Core Modules

Strategic Facilities Management

The module offers a broad understanding of facilities management in a strategic business context. It:

  • demonstrates the influences and drivers on facilities management (FM) from a strategic business level
  • identifies how you can take an FM perspective of generic management theory and frameworks to better understand its strategic positioning, markets, innovation, and future trends

Knowledge and Information Management

This module bridges the concepts of knowledge management and information technology to understand strategic direction and change within facilities management. 

You will learn to:

  • develop strategies to manage knowledge and information in facilities management
  • apply theoretical concepts and initiate change within organisations to make such strategies a reality

Legislation, Finance and Risk

This module demonstrates the purpose of corporate governance and an organisation’s ethical responsibilities to its stakeholders. It enables you to evaluate and manage risk, embed financial management techniques and understand wider legislative compliance issues.

FM Project

This module helps you to understand, appraise and analyse the diverse nature of optimising facilities management information, through the utilisation of collaborative technological systems and processes.

Research Methods

This module focuses on your critical understanding of the research process. In preparation for your research study, it also develops skills in research design, implementation and presentation. You will come to understand the differing techniques, strategies and methods used to undertake research in the built environment.

Managing Intelligent Buildings

Facilities managers are facing challenges in coping with the rapidly growing sophistication and technology associated with the management of buildings. This module aims to bridge this gap and equip you with managerial awareness of common aspects and issues of intelligent buildings. You will come to understand the role and utilisation of physical assets within facilities management and the changing nature of a building's functionality and sophistication.

Leadership for a Sustainable Environment

This module introduces the concepts of sustainability and develops an understanding of the importance of construction in the global environmental context. It demonstrates the type of sustainability strategies that can be adopted by construction organisations, the barriers to their implementation and how senior managers need to question and develop their leadership styles to make real change in construction practices.


This module develops and tests your ability to prepare a dissertation, based on the study of a subject related to your chosen discipline within the built environment. Dissertation preparation normally takes place after completion of the Postgraduate Diploma stage.

Managing Staff and Customers

This module enables you to develop and implement strategies for improving customer service and relationships. It enables you to motivate, engage and empower staff to optimise opportunities for enhancing internal and external relationships across the business.


An insight into teaching on your course

Teaching methods

Teaching on the course is all online via distance learning, using our state-of-the-art e-learning technology. You will have access to recorded lectures and podcasts, live virtual classrooms, and formative e-learning activities such as blogs and discussion forums.

Applied learning

You will take comparative studies comparing and contrasting different workplace environments.

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How learning is monitored on your programme

To cater for the wide-ranging content of our courses and the varied learning preferences of our students, we offer a range of assessment methods on each programme. Assessment techniques vary from module to module to reflect relevant assessment approaches and the key learning points of each topic.

Assessment methods on this programme include: projects, technical reports, and both individual and group presentations.

Course tutors

Our staff are committed to the highest standards of teaching and learning

Steven Fowles

Steven Fowles

Programme Leader

Highly experienced in teaching leadership and programme management, Matthew’s research in the field of facilities management culminated in winning a Fulbright Scholar Award which has gained international recognition.A highly regarded industry professional and a Chartered Surveyor with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Matthew is Associate Editor of Facilities, one of the leading academic journals in the field of facilities management. His research interests include: facilities management; performance measurement; customer satisfaction; workplace productivity; sustainability and built environment education research.

I enjoy working with diverse and engaging students who are passionate about a career in the built environment. I also like working with industry and academic leaders around the world to deliver cutting edge research projects that influence industry best practice and feed directly into teaching materials.

School facilities

What you can expect from your School

This programme is based in the City Campus. Besides well-equipped workshops, we have: a structural testing laboratory, a concrete laboratory, a radio frequency and microwave laboratory, a highways research laboratory, an industrial chemistry laboratory, a soil mechanics laboratory, hydraulics laboratory, surveying laboratory, light structure and materials laboratory, building information modelling (BIM) software and expertise and smart homes.

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Entry requirements

You will need:

  • an honours degree


  • considerable relevant work experience

Additional information:

  • IELTS English language requirement: 6.5 (minimum 5.5 in each component)
  • RPL is accepted on this programme

If you have any specific queries, please contact

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

View country specific entry requirements

Contact LJMU's International Admissions Team for guidance on visa information. Further information is also available from our international web pages.

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Application and selection

Securing your place at LJMU

You will apply for the majority of postgraduate courses using our online application form. You should complete the form thoroughly and provide a detailed personal statement which reflects your suitability and aptitude for the programme.

You need to demonstrate that you have a sufficient level of knowledge to embark on the programme and to complete it within the time limits. You should provide evidence, at the interview stage, of your learning capabilities and commitment to a postgraduate programme of study.

Applications from non-standard applicants are welcomed. In exceptional circumstances applications by mature healthcare practitioners without sufficient qualifications will be considered.

The University reserves the right to withdraw or make alterations to a course and facilities if necessary; this may be because 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. Where this does happen, the University operates a policy of consultation, advice and support to all enrolled students affected by the proposed change to their course or module.
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