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Advance your career into senior management with the Sheffield Hallam University Executive MBA (Facilities Management). Designed for facilities management professionals seeking rapid career progression, our Executive MBA builds on your existing ability and challenges you to develop the executive leadership skills needed for senior management.

• Study core and specialist MBA modules within the context of facilities management.
• Develop your management and leadership skills through personalised one-to-one coaching and career guidance.
• Apply the latest academic learning to the real issues and challenges your organisation faces during work-based projects.
• Learn from peers who are facilities management leaders from a range of organisations – who can provide new insights, perspectives and networking opportunities.


Three years – university-based study blocks

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time. You complete
• year one – four modules
• year two – three modules plus work-based project
• year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Starts October

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).

This course is accredited by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Successful completion of the MBA gives you the formal professional certified membership (CBIFM).

We are a recognised British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre and we offer a Postgraduate Certificate with a level 7 BIFM Diploma in Facilities Management.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Fees – home and EU students

Course fees may be subject to annual inflationary increase.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,500 (£4,170 per year) for the course

Course description

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

The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA (Facilities Management) is designed for estates and facilities managers who want to improve their skills, leadership, knowledge and experience to advance their career into senior management.

This unique course focuses on developing leading edge knowledge and skill sets, improving your ability to successfully lead and manage organisations in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment. 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 discipline that supports the core business relationship between people, process and place.

Integrated MBA study with specialist facilities management modules
To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of specialist facilities management modules such as • delivering strategic facilities management • strategic property asset management • strategic project management.

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

Projects tailored to your organisation's needs
We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

You also complete a dissertation/consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.

Applied learning through case studies
As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

During the course you
• build your skills in coaching, negotiating and influencing
• attend guest lectures from leading experts who provide unique insights into management within a facilities management related setting
• create a portfolio of work so you can evidence your learning and development

Flexible course design
The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Multi-professional learning community
When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges. Within our Executive MBA programme we also run routes in business, built environment, education and psychology.

Critical self-awareness and tailored coaching
At the beginning of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric and emotional capital testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development. You then work with an expert mentor to design a personal development programme.

Your mentor also guides your progress, helping to ensure you gain the maximum benefit from the course and that you achieve your leadership goals.


Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

Entry requirements

You need either
• a 2.2 degree or equivalent and two years managerial and operational experience
• significant managerial and operational experience

Overseas applicants also need IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 in all skills or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below this level, we recommend you complete a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve the required English level.

We assess all applications on merit and interview candidates to ensure suitability for the course. We recommend that you contact us for guidance before applying.

Course content

Year one

• delivering strategic facilities management • strategic project management • strategic property asset management • leadership, partnership and change within facilities management

Year two

• strategic marketing management and decision making • managing strategy • developing personal and professional leadership practice • strategic global human resource management and decision-making

Year three

• research and consultancy methods • dissertation or consultancy project

Module descriptions – MBA

Developing personal and professional leadership practice
This module will help you to develop and enhance the qualities and transferrable skills necessary for your studies, career progression, professional and personal development. You will develop and practice the skills required to critically reflect on learning and on your ability to apply learning to real world complex issues within the work place; citing actions and barriers to implementation.

Managing strategy
The module explores the theory of strategic management and financial concepts, in a range of industries, organisational and global contexts. You will develop the critical, theoretical and practical skills to examine past strategies and current positions, and develop proposals on how organisations might develop in the future with consideration of the global business environment within the context of facilities management.

Strategic marketing management and decision making
This module will help you to understand what it means to be a marketing oriented organisation and how these apply to facilities management. It will also explore how to develop marketing strategies that meet corporate objectives and deliver sustainable competitive advantage.

Strategic global human resource management and decision-making
This module is designed to enhance your knowledge and develop your understanding of organisational behaviour and human resource management theory and practice. It will develop and expand your knowledge and perspective of the complexity of the interrelationships between people, organisations and the environment, in the contexts of contemporary international organisations and the facilities management function.

Research and consultancy methods
The module provides you with a wide ranging introduction to research methodology, in order to underpin your dissertation/consultancy project.

Dissertation or consultancy project
The module provides specialist support for your critical research and analysis in to a specific business issue in facilities management.

Module descriptions – facilities management

Delivering 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.

Leadership, partnership and change within fm
Facilities management professionals are operating in a complex and rapidly changing business environment which is increasingly reliant upon the effective collaboration and communication with a range of professionals in the private, not for profit and public sectors. Within this context, the module develops your knowledge of the complexity of leadership and change, through real world diagnosis and application, and awareness of the diverse spectrum of related concepts, models and theories.

Strategic project management
The module develops your critical understanding of strategic project management. It develops your knowledge of project management processes coupled with the ability to apply project management concepts in the life cycle of projects. It provides insights into contractual issue in relation to projects, including management of the contracting process and contract performance.

Strategic property asset management
The module develops your critical understanding of the management of property assets and provide insights in to the ways property can have a significant impact on the overall performance of the organisation. Modern drivers of change such as globalisation, technology and innovation in work practices will be analysed and explored. It will encourage critical reflection on the importance of alignment between property and organisational strategy.


The Sheffield Hallam Executive MBA is designed to enhance your leadership capability. The course focus is on providing you with tailored coaching that identifies your strengths and weaknesses, and delivers the necessary development to enable you to advance your career.

This personal development is supported by practical experience and real world academic learning. Together this ensures that you have the skills, knowledge and experience that modern organisations in your sector seek from their leaders.

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 progress more rapidly up the career ladder in areas such as property and premises management, facilities and general management.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability by demonstrating your potential for leadership within facilities management, and the ability to deliver solutions to complex operational issues, within an increasingly business-focused and competitive environment.

Our MBAs are highly valued by employers and previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in senior management.

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