Master of Science in Facility and Environment Management, Singapore

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The Bartlett

The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies, part of the renowned Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, is the home of the MSc in Facility and Environment Management. The Bartlett has more top internationally-rated researchers in architecture and the built environment than any other English university (RAE 2008) and its teaching quality is rated as excellent.

BCA Academy

The BCA Academy of the Built Environment is the education and research arm of the Building and Construction Authority, Singapore.  Founded in 1984, the Academy offers a wide range of training and education programmes tailored to the needs of the building and construction industry.  These programmes include courses for professionals, management and executive personnel, and technical specialists.

In support of the national effort to transform Singapore into a green and sustainable global city, the Academy has initiated several training programmes to nurture and develop managerial and technical capability in such niche areas as green building design and technology, renewable energy, and sustainable facility and environment management.  To enable our industry leaders and practitioners to learn from the experience and knowledge of leading experts, the Academy collaborates with established tertiary institutions (such as Carnegie Mellon University, Singapore Management University, UniSIM, UCL, University College London and Nottingham University) to conduct degree and post-graduate degree programmes, and executive courses.


UCL is a modern, outward-looking institution, committed to engaging with the major issues of our times. One of the world's leading multidisciplinary universities, UCL today is a true academic powerhouse.

UCL was ranked fourth in the world in this year's Times Higher Education-QS rankings. No fewer than 21 Nobel prizewinners have come from the UCL community.

UCL's 'Grand Challenges' work together right across the university in order to tackle the problems that face us today - in global health, sustainable cities, intercultural understanding, and human wellbeing.  We believe in undertaking fundamental research and in applying it.

Students on UCL’s Facility and Environment Management course say:

“People said to me, it’s like a light has been switched on since you started the course.”

“Had it not been for the course, my performance would have been nowhere near the standard I produced – it provided me with an incredibly strong platform.”

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MSc Facility & Environment Management, Singapore

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The BCA Academy Singapore has partnered with one of the world’s leading Universities, University College London (UCL) to deliver a Master of Science degree in Facility and Environment Management, in Singapore. UCL at the BCA Academy provides an outstanding and distinctive environment for graduate study. Guided by principles of excellence and innovation, UCL offers this programme to help you make the most of this opportunity and to achieve your aspirations.  

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Established in 1992 as the first MSc programme in Facility and Environment Management in England, this programme presents a unique opportunity to experience a research-led learning approach and share learning between peers in London and Singapore, a unified programme taught concurrently to both London and Singapore cohorts.

The UCL lecturers conduct face-to-face teaching, small group discussions and practical site visits to leading facilities in Singapore, while supporting distance-learning with video conferencing at BCA Academy and providing audio and visual recordings and other learning materials online. This approach is designed to empower students with a flexible yet integrated learning experience to hone their interests and extend their capabilities in facility management.

The programme covers the provision and management of facilities and services to support high performing organisations. The multi-sector coverage is ideal for practice-based facility professionals with a variety of experience and backgrounds from all levels of management across a variety of sectors – office, healthcare, retail, education and residential – looking to develop a greater depth of knowledge and practical applications to upgrade and advance their careers. Past graduates of the programme have discovered that the MSc has direct benefits including:

• Positive career opportunities through promotion and increased managerial jurisdiction

• Improved remuneration

• Internationally recognised and accredited academic qualification

Within the Singapore market, this programme will provide competitive advantage to graduates and their sponsoring firms through direct support for Singapore’s sustainability agenda for the built environment.


The London programme is approved by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Following successful re-accreditation of the programme in 2010 with the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM), graduates of the programme with suitable facilities management experience will be eligible to apply for the new Certified grade of membership (CBIFM). The programme is also affiliated with the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE). Application is also being made for International Facility Management Association (IFMA), accreditation.

Course Aims

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.

Course Structure

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.

Core Modules

1.  Introduction to Facility Management (15 credits)

2.  Service Operations Management (15 credits)

3. Facility Management Law (15 credits)

4. Environment Management and Sustainability (15 credits)

5. Management Concepts for Facilities (15 credits)

6. Space and Workplace Management (15 credits)

Optional Modules (pick two only):

1.  Social Dimensions of Sustainability (15 credits)

2.  Efficient Building Services Systems (15 credits)

3.  Sustainable Facility Management Operations (15 credits)


In 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.

Course Delivery

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

Course Synopsis

Core Modules:

1. Introduction to Facility Management (Year 1)

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.

2. Service Operations Management (Year 1)

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.

3. Facility Management Law (Year 1)

This module is concerned with the practical issues related to the management of statutes, in employment, health and safety, environmental and contract law.

4. Environment Management and Sustainability (Year 2)

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.

5. Management Concepts for Facilities (Year 2)

Organisational behaviour will be explored in this module. Contemporary concepts in management, techniques and approaches for managing quality, risk and strategy are also covered.

6. Space and Workplace Management (Year 2)

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.

Optional Modules (pick two only):

1. Social Dimensions of Sustainability (Year 1)

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.

2. Efficient Building Services Systems (Year 1)

The module deals with energy & carbon emission implications of the selection, operation and control of heating & cooling systems in buildings.

3. Sustainable Facility Management Operations (Year 1)

The module equips Facility Managers with the knowledge and skills to identify and implement sustainable improvement measures and technology in existing buildings.


MSc Research Report (60 credits)

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.

Professor Alexi Marmot BArch March MCP PhD

Chair of Facility and Environment Management and Head of School,

Bartlett School of Graduate Studies

Professor Michael Pitt MSc PhD FRICS MCIOB MCIArb FHEA

Professor of Facility Management Innovation

Dr Ljijlana Marjanovic-Halburd, PGDip, Dipl-Ing, MSc PhD

Senior Lecturer and Course Director, Facility and Environment Management (Singapore) Programme

Peter McLennan BA BSc MSc

Senior Lecturer and Course Director, Facility and Environment Management Programme

Dr Marcella Ucci DipArch MSc PhD

Lecturer, Facility and Environment Management

Other UCL academic staff will be involved in teaching aspects of the course, including:

Dr Ben Croxford BEng PhD

Senior Lecturer

Course Director: MSc Environmental Design and Engineering

Guest lecturers from Singapore will be invited to make presentations on specific topics throughout the course.

BCA Academy


The venue for both classrooms and lab training will be the premises of the BCA Academy, 200 Bradell Road, Singapore 579700

Provisional dates for 2011/2012:

Induction: 20 Sep 2011

Core module 1: Block taught, 21 Sep – 24 Sep 2011

Optional module: Early evening sessions, fortnightly, 5 Oct – 14 Dec 2011

Optional module: Block taught, 9 Nov – 12 Nov 2011

Core module 2: Block taught, 4 Jan – 7 Jan 2012

Core module 3: Early evening sessions, fortnightly, 11 Jan – 21 Mar 2012

Exams: May 2012

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.

Entry Requirements

The normal academic qualifications for entry are a second-class Bachelor’s degree of a UK university or an international qualification of an equivalent standard. A second acceptable qualification is membership in a UK professional institution. A third acceptable qualification is a degree of lower than second class honours standard with some knowledge, demonstrable competence, and a skill set related to facility management practice.

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.

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 above requirements.

English language

The University's minimum English language requirements must be met. The standard English language entry requirements for the Programme are:

Applicants who, within three years of starting the Programme, have undertaken a course at a tertiary institution extending over twelve months (one calendar year) which was taught in English are deemed to have met this requirement.


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.


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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.

· IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subject

· TOEFL Paper based: score of 580, plus 4 in the Test of Written English

· TOEFL Internet based: score of 92, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 20/30 in the listening and speaking subtests.