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Bartlett Graduate Faculty Clerk

Email: bartlett.pgclerk@ucl.ac.uk

Tel: +44 (0)20 3108 9004/9018

Fees and funding

UK/EU 2013/14:

£10,500 (Pro-rata)

Overseas 2013/14:

£18,500 (Pro-rata)

Fees for flexible, modular study are charged pro-rata to the appropriate full-time Master's fee taken in an academic session.

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) provides scholarship opportunities, which can be reviewed on their website at: www.ifma.org.

Full details of funding opportunities can be found on the UCL Scholarships website

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Facility and Environment Management MSc

The Facility and Environment Management MSc, fEm, is committed to taking an international lead in research and education in global, sustainable facility management. The MSc covers the provision and management of facilities and support services that sustain high-performing organisations in both the public and private sector. The MSc draws on the latest innovations in expertise and ideas that are leading developments in the FM field.

Degree summary

What will I learn?

This MSc seeks to explore and apply abstract management concepts to practice-based problems, including explorations of FM roles and structures, energy modelling and management, and mapping FM processes for improvement. The open nature of the assignments allows participants to theme this 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.

Why should I study this degree at UCL?

The 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.

This programme is accredited by: the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). RICS provides free student membership to those joining the programme for the duration of their studies; the International Facility Management Association (IFMA); the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM).

UCL Bartlett staff are assisted by distinguished external contributors to achieve a multi-disciplinary perspective in facility management.

See subject website for more information:

Degree structure

Availability: Full-time 1 year (flexible 2-5 years, for students in full-time employment)

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and an original dissertation (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, full-time nine months) is offered.

Core Modules

  • Introduction to Facility Management
  • Management Concepts for Facilities
  • Environment Management and Sustainability
  • Service Operations Management
  • Space and Workplace Management
  • Facility Management Law


  • Asset Management and Capital Projects
  • Facility Management Finance and Governance

  • Or any other MSc module from the extensive list within the Faculty of the Built Environment


All MSc students submit a 10,000-word report on a topic related to the main themes of the programme. The topic can be chosen to enhance career development or for its inherent interest.

Teaching and Learning

The programme is delivered through interactive, small-group discussions, seminars, visits and self-directed work, all supported by UCL's Moodle-based e-learning portal. There are parallel programmes in London and Singapore and students in the two locations can meet virtually and share leading-edge perspectives on green and sustainable FM operations.

Further details available on subject website:

Entry and application

Entry requirements

The normal minimum qualifications are a second-class Bachelor's degree from a UK university or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard.

A second 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 and who have substantial work experience in the field, may be admitted after passing a special qualifying examination. Details of this route can be obtained from the Bartlett's Graduate Faculty Office.

As the programme is designed to enhance the knowledge base of practitioners in facility management, it is useful for candidates to have some knowledge, demonstrable competence, and a skill set related to facility management practice, in addition to the above requirements.

For overseas equivalencies see the relevant country page.

How to apply

You may choose to apply online or download application materials; for details visit www.ucl.ac.uk/gradapps

The deadline for modular/flexible programmes is 6 September 2013. If you require a Tier 4 visa in order to study in the UK, then you are not eligible to apply or be made a offer of a place on a programme as a part-time (modular flexible) student. Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

Who can apply?

The programme is directed at facility professionals, as well as architects, service engineers, surveyors, building scientists, interior designers, management professionals and property administrators wishing to acquire a specialist qualification within facility management. It attracts participants from a wide range of professional backgrounds at all management levels, including office, healthcare, retail, education and residential.

What are we looking for?

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Facility and Environment Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study Facility and Environment Management at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme
  • how your academic and professional background meets the demands of this challenging programme
  • where you would like to go professionally with your degree
Together with essential academic requirements, the personal statement is your opportunity to illustrate whether your reasons for applying to this programme match what the programme will deliver.


The majority of graduates are engaged at a senior level in facility management operations, consultancy or design. Some students use the MSc as a foundation for subsequent MPhil/PhD research. The programme has helped participants to improve career prospects and keep ahead of developments in this field.

First destinations of recent graduates include: Dulwich College, Monitor Group, Bank of China, the National Gallery, GB Contracting UK Ltd, Royal Brompton Hospital, London Borough of Southwark, Balfour Beatty Workplace, Rollright Facilities Ltd., and City of London.

Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:

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