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Overview

Gain a real specialism in facilities management on the only MBA course of its kind in the country. Designed in collaboration with employers, this course meets the specific needs of professionals who manage facilities, or provide facilities management services to organisations.

Key points
• Significantly enhance your career potential in the field of facilities management.
• Study on a course that identifies facilities management as a distinct and essential management discipline.
• Benefit from a timetable structure designed for individuals with demanding full-time jobs.
• Learn more easily with one-to-one tutor support, online access to facilities and more.


Attendance

Part-time – typically three years, in four one-week block sessions per year.
Starts October, although there are opportunities to enter the course throughout the academic year.


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Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further information see our fees and funding pages.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £4,000 a year

Fees – international students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase. For further fee information see our international fees or scholarships and bursaries pages.

2014/15 academic year

Typically £4,500 a year

Course description

This course is the only MBA in Facilities Management offered in the UK.

This course is for estates and facilities managers wanting to improve their skills and career prospects and for other graduates who want to enter the field.

We designed it in collaboration with employers. It meets the needs of people who manage in-sourced or out-sourced facilities for their own organisation or provide facilities management services to other organisations.

The philosophy behind the course is that in any organisation facilities management is a distinct management discipline that supports the core business relationship between people, process and place.

You study core management and subject specific topics including procurement, asset management and managing contracts and services.

This benefits you by supporting the development of your leadership and management skills. By transferring what you learn on the course, you can raise the profile of facilities management and the contribution it makes to the effectiveness of the organisation.

We gear the course towards supporting part-time students who are combining study and a demanding full-time job. You may also be returning to study after a long break from education.

The course includes • induction programme • study workshops • one to one support from experienced personal tutors • online access to the course’s e-learning environment • access to the University’s Distance Learner Support Service for University library resources.

Assessment

By written coursework. There are no traditional formal examinations. The MBA requires the completion of an assessed dissertation.

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Entry requirements

A first degree or relevant managerial and operational experience. We assess all applicants on merit and we can advise you about this.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of at least 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills.

Course content

Postgraduate certificate

Strategic facilities management
This module provides an essential and critical perspective of facilities management as a profession, covering facilities management theories, models and practice. This module forms part of the BIFM Level 7 diploma.

Managing organisations and people
You develop an increased awareness of managing and relating to others. You gain an essential and critical perspective of organisational theory and its influence on human resource management issues. This module forms part of the BIFM Level 7 diploma.

Strategic marketing and communications for facilities management
You gain an understanding of the principles and context of strategic marketing, services marketing and communications across a variety of organisations and in relation to the facilities management function and services.

Strategic management in action for facilities management
This module examines the various aspects of strategic management and sets a context for the course. It introduces a range of frameworks and techniques to support the strategic development process, and examines the range and complexity of internal and external influences upon organisations.

Postgraduate diploma core modules

Leadership and strategies for change for facilities management
You explore traditional, modern and futuristic perspectives on organisational and individual change, together with the role of facilities managers as influencers on the human ecology of the organisation.

Strategic property asset management
This module develops an understanding and underpinning knowledge of operational property management issues. You analyse and translate corporate business needs into an appropriate strategic approach to the management of the organisation’s property assets.

Finance for facilities management
You develop an understanding of the role of finance and financial management principles within the broader context of strategic management. This module forms part of the BIFM Level 7 diploma.

Postgraduate diploma options

Either

Managing projects and contracts
Within FM, we are likely to be engaged in both contract and project management. This module explores legal and practical issues involved in contracting for goods and services in FM, the links between project and contract management and perhaps most importantly, the people elements. This module forms part of the BIFM Level 7 diploma

or a work-based project

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Research methods
This module prepares you for the dissertation. It develops your knowledge, capabilities and understanding of research and methodologies, and their application to the field of facilities management.

Dissertation
The dissertation provides you with the opportunity to develop in-depth research on a facilities management related issue linked to your own interest. Many students choose to focus their research on an issue within their own organisation.

Careers

If you are employed in estates or facilities management this qualification equips you with the knowledge and skills to improve your performance in your present job and to progress more rapidly up the career ladder.

As a new entrant in the field, it gives you the means to develop a career in facilities management at a senior level, including property and premises management, facilities and general management.

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