Facility and Environment Management MSc
Our Facility and Environment Management MSc, fEm, is committed to taking an international lead in research and education in global, sustainable facility management. Our MSc covers the provision and management of facilities and support services that sustain high-performing organisations in both the public and private sector. Our MSc draws on the latest innovations in expertise and ideas that are leading developments in the FM field.
Our MSc seeks to explore and apply abstract management concepts to practice-based problems, including the exploration of FM roles and structures, energy management, and mapping FM processes for improvement. The course's curriculum constantly evolves to offer the latest developments in theory and practice. Among other global themes, Sustainability and Building Information Management are embedded in course's teaching. The open nature of the assignments allows our participants to theme their exploration throughout the programme or they can be taken as individual developments related to current operational issues. Assignments have direct relevance and applicability to participants' roles within their organisations.
UCL Bartlett is the UK's largest multi-disciplinary Faculty of the Built
Environment, bringing together dozens of scientific and professional
specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the
buildings and urban environments of the future.
Past graduates of the course have found that our MSc has a direct impact on:
- Positive career opportunities through promotion and increased managerial responsibilities
- Increased earnings
- Internationally recognised and accredited academic qualification
Our course is accredited by:
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS provides free student membership to those joining the course for the duration of their studies.
Our course is also affiliated
with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).
The programme will be taught part-time over two years. The programme content consists of eight taught modules (120 credits), and an extended piece of original research resulting in a written research report of 10,000 words (60 credits). The modules, each worth 15 credits, have ten learning sessions each, including study visits, and comprise six core and two optional modules. All of the modules are delivered face-to-face either using video conferencing or as teaching blocks. Video conferencing sessions are usually scheduled every two weeks as double sessions with catering provided (Wednesday or Thursday evenings 6pm-9:30pm). Block teachings run from Wednesday (9am-5pm) until Saturday mid-day and are usually in September, November and January (or February).
The venue for both classrooms and lab training will be the premises of the BCA Academy, 200 Bradell Road, Singapore 579700
Provisional dates for 2013/2014:
Induction: 10 Sep 2013
Introduction to Facility Management BENVGFEK
Block taught, 11 Sep - 14 Sep 2013
Service Operations Management BENVGFEN
Block taught, 7 - 10 Jan 2014
Facility Management Law BENVGFEP
Evening lectures via video link, Wednesdays (6 - 9.30pm) - fortnightly, Jan - Mar 2014
Sustainability Facility Management Operations BENVGFES*
Evening lectures via video link, Wednesdays (6 - 9.30pm) - fortnightly, Oct - Dec 2013
Social Dimensions of Sustainability BENVGEE9*
Block taught, 6 - 9 Nov 2013
Asset Management and Capital Projects BENVGFEQ*
Evening lectures via video link, Thursdays - (6 - 9.30pm) - fortnightly, Oct - Dec 2013
Four Wednesday evening briefings via video link, May 2014
Dates for the following year will follow a
similar pattern. The Research Report will be due by mid-September two years
after embarking on the programme. A graduation ceremony will be held annually.
* Denotes optional modules. Students choose 2 of the 3 currently available
The MSc in Facility and Environment Management addresses the concern of the use and performance of buildings and support services over time. Its core focus is the effective planning, design, management, maintenance and adaptation of building stock, to function appropriately and efficiently to meet specified needs. The primary aim of the programme is for students to achieve an integrated understanding of the basic knowledge and operational skills required for the good management of buildings, their environments, facilities and support services.
The programme will be delivered through blended learning, a combination of face-to-face and distance-learning modes. Five modules will be taught in four-day block, face-to-face sessions at the BCA Academy by UCL staff. Typical timing will be all day Wednesday through Friday and a half-day on Saturday. Three modules will be taught predominantly through distance-learning delivery, with students meeting every two weeks in the early evening, at the BCA Academy.
Distance-learning options will include:
- live video-link sessions with the London-based staff and students;
- interactive sessions including live quizzes;
- individual tutorials delivered online via email and Skype (telephone and videophone);
- shared discussion/chat site for all students in London and Singapore;
- FMExchange sessions (optional) to be recorded in London
Face-to-face teaching options will include:
- seminal lectures
- small group discussions
- workshops with hands-on exercises
- practical site visits to leading facilities in Singapore
- networking lunch
Introduction to Facility Management BENVGFEK
This module introduces participants to the background of facility management, its scope, intentions and value. Futures in Facility Management are considered, including the evolving structure of the industry professional development and integrating effects of environmental issues. Study and research methods are addressed.
Management Concepts for Facilities BENVGFEL
Organisational behaviour will be explored in this module. Contemporary concepts in management, techniques and approaches for managing quality, risk and strategy are also covered.
Environment Management and Sustainability BENVGFEM
This module is concerned with the management of energy and other sustainability issues within the remit of the facility manager. This includes issues such as climate change compliance, carbon foot-printing and environmental management accreditation schemes.
Service Operations Management BENVGFEN
Service operations management is used as a framework for analysing soft and hard service provision. This framework is used to explore maintenance and systems elements and their management.
Space and Workplace Management BENVGFEO
This module outlines the key issues related to managing the spatial resource of organisations. This includes operational issues such as: the development of space standards, relocation management and space planning.
Facility Management Law BENVGFEP
This module is concerned with the practical issues related to the management of statutes, in employment, health and safety, environmental and contract law.
Optional Modules (pick two only)
Sustainable Facility Management Operations BENVGFES
The module equips Facility Managers with the knowledge and skills to identify and implement sustainable improvement measures and technology in existing buildings.
Asset Management and Capital
This module explores the general management issues related to developing capital projects from design briefing and design management through whole life costing.
Social Dimensions of Sustainability BENVGEE9
This module explores how architectural and engineering decisions can deliver a more sustainable built form. It aims to enhance the understanding of the complex relationships between built environment, individuals, communities and society.
Research Report (60 credits) BENVGBE4
Students are required to submit a 10,000 word report on a subject agreed with the Programme Director. The topic typically is selected from live problems that need to be addressed by the company sponsoring the student. Both student and company should benefit from the investigation and conclusions.
addition to the MSc Research Report (60 credits), the assessment for each
module is a written report of up to 2,500 words. Furthermore, two modules (4
and 6 in the list above) are also assessed through a 2-hour long closed-book
written examination. All exams take place in May.
Participants who satisfy the assessing requirements of the respective modules and their dissertations will be awarded the degree of Master of Science in Facility and Environmental Management. Such award, including the transcripts, will be the same as those conferred for studies on campus at UCL. A Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded to students who successfully pass only the taught modules. A Postgraduate Certificate will be awarded to students who successfully pass half the taught modules.
Other UCL academic staff will be involved in teaching aspects of the course.
Guest lecturers from Singapore will be invited to make presentations on specific topics throughout the course.
Please click through to the UCL graduate prospectus page for this course, from where you can find information on application fees, eligibility, tuition fees, scholarships, and then complete the online application process.
Applicants should also review the faculty specific admissions information and the FAQ on admissions.
In order to accommodate the collaborative requirements of BCA and UCL, applications will first be sent in hard copy to BCA, and will then be forwarded to UCL for selection. Note that the electronic version of the application form cannot be submitted for this programme. The preliminary deadline for receipt of applications and all accompanying material for 2012/13 is 24th of May 2012.
Students will be notified of the success
of their application by mid July 2012.
An application form can be downloaded here. (PDF, 119KB)
The minimum academic qualifications for entry are a second-class Bachelor’s degree from a UK university or an international qualification of an equivalent standard.
A second acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second
class honours standard however, as
the programme is designed to enhance the knowledge base of practitioners in
facility management, it is necessary for candidates to have some knowledge,
demonstrable competence, and a skill set related to facility management
practice, in addition to the academic requirements. A third acceptable qualification is membership in a UK professional
Applicants without a first degree or full professional membership, who have substantial work experience in facility management, may be admitted after passing a special qualifying examination.
The programme fee for the two year programme is SGD $32,500 (excluding GST) before subsidy. The programme fee may be paid in 4 instalments. In addition, a one-time non-refundable application fee of SGD 50 (before GST) will have to be paid at the point of application.
The majority of FEM graduates from UCL are engaged at a senior level in Facility Management operations, consultancy or design. Some students have used the MSc as a foundation for subsequent MPhil/PhD research. There is clear evidence that the course has helped participants to:
- improve career prospects,
- extend personal skills and decision making capabilities while continuing to work,
- achieve an internationally recognised qualification, accredited by RICS, CIBSE and the BIFM,
- keep ahead of developments in the facility and property management field.
Graduates from the course report career benefits which include:
- salary increases between 10-100% on completion of the course,
- accelerated promotion, typically 3 to 5 years ahead of previous expectations,
- access to senior position interviews and opportunities,
- mid-career opportunities to change direction or sector,
- professional recognition by
employers and clients in the UK and worldwide.