Property and Facilities Management MSc

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017, September 2017

Full-time - January start, 15 months. September start, 12 months.
Part-time - January start, 33 months. September start, 28 months.

Part-time teaching times:
Trimester 1: Tuesdays 9am-4pm;
Trimester 2: Tuesdays 9am-7pm (September start) Tuesdays 1pm-4pm (January start)


Develop, use and manage built assets effectively and gain an understanding of the multi-disciplinary and multi-professional nature of facilities management in property development and asset management. Learn how to advise clients on a range of issues such as strategic facilities management, space configuration of buildings, valuation, investment appraisal, marketing and management issues.

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Full description


You'll gain the skills to enter the specialist areas of both facilities management and property management. Our course addresses the needs of the property industry in the UK and internationally, where there is an increasing demand for qualified facilities managers and property managers to work in a wide range of professional, commercial and public sector organisations engaged in the development, use and management of built assets.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Management Theory
    This module is designed to facilitate each student's development of their own individual knowledge base and approach to management. Its aim is to get students to develop their own particular approach to management by establishing a solid foundation of management knowledge and integrating this with their own values, experiences and goals, to provide the basis for a life-long development of their management skills. It is based on a thorough understanding of the theories and practice of management, reinforced by examples of best practice drawn from a wide range of organisations, together with an appreciation of the context and constraints that influence organisations and management. The module will consider the main activities of management from an integrating perspective, together with identifying and developing the qualities required for a successful manager, including leadership. Organisations form the focus of management, consequently the module will develop a sound understanding of the functions, forms, operation and behaviour of organisations in a variety of contexts and situations, together with an appreciation of how all aspects of management are integrated in the management of organisations. Students will examine and critically evaluate examples of good management and bad management, with regard to developing workable solutions that can be applied to management situations and to facilitate the application of management principles and practice to their own field of work.
  • Management Practice
    This Module recognises the importance of people to the success of organisations and that organisational performance is largely dependent on the performance of its human resources, which in turn is determined by the quality and effectiveness of their management. This module is designed to enable each student to develop their own individual knowledge base and approach to effectively manage human resources, by establishing a solid foundation of human resource management knowledge and integrating this with your own values, experiences and goals to provide the basis for the life-long development of management skills. It is based on a thorough understanding of the theories, principles and practice of human resource management together with critical evaluation of examples of human resource management from a wide variety of situations. The module emphasises the development of the personal skills and traits required to successfully manage human resources, together with effective knowledge management to maximise their success in a knowledge-based economy.
  • Project Management Systems
    This module establishes the framework for the management of projects and develops a comprehensive understanding of the role and functions of the project manager throughout the project life-cycle, from inception to completion, together with the diverse range of resources and activities that the project manager must plan, co-ordinate and control to achieve a successful project.
  • Strategic Facilities Management
    This module will provide a sound understanding of the theory and practice of facility management. It introduces the tools and processes that are essential to assess business demand; evaluate options; and assess the performance of building to support primary business function. The module explores facilities management at the strategic and operational levels and introduces the latest management models and tools that are being used to inform facility decisions. The impact that sustainability has on facilities management activities will be explored and the importance of whole life solutions will be examined. The Module provides an in-depth understanding of the role of facilities managers and will present examples drawn from both the private and public sector. The module will also place facilities management in the wider organisational context, including an understanding of the legal issues, duties and responsibilities of facilities managers. The skills and attributes required to be a successful facilities manager are also identified and developed as is the role of global professional bodies both in the built environment and related industries.
  • Facilities Service Management
    This module will provide a sound understanding of the theories, principles and practices applied to both in-house and outsourced service provision. It introduces the tools and processes that are essential to assess service need; evaluate options; and assess the performance of services to support primary business function. The module considers the legal aspects of procuring facilities services and the role of benchmarks and key performance indicators to measure service delivery. The module will also explore financial control and reporting; supplier management, including contract management and dispute resolution and arbitration. The module also examines environmental management and health & safety issues. The module will examine the above from the perspective of both the public and private sector and will explore alternative procurement routes as they apply to both sectors. The module will also introduce the theory of customer relationship management and explore the approaches used by facilities services companies to manage customer expectations.
  • Property Asset Management
    This module will provide a sound understanding of the theories, principles and practices used to manage buildings in a sustainable way. It is designed to provide a critical insight into the strategic importance of built assets to the success of private and public sector organisations and to critically appraise alternative approaches to built asset management (fabric and services), including the role of maintenance and refurbishment in the building life cycle. The module will consider the complex nature of obsolescence and examine the challenges that adaptation and mitigation to climate change pose to traditional maintenance and refurbishment planning. The module will also examine the role of sustainability toolkits and pre/post occupancy evaluations in informing building adaptation decisions. The module will place property asset management in the wider context of strategic asset management and will explore the relationship between built assets and corporate productivity as it relates to human resource management and work place behaviour. The module will also explore the use of Building Information Modelling as a key resource for property asset management planning and Post Occupancy Evaluation. The module will be assessed through an individual presentation and technical defence of a property portfolio asset management strategy.
  • Property Investment and Appraisal
    This Module is designed to provide a thorough understanding of property development and investment appraisal. It provides the student with an opportunity to examine the application of contemporary growth – explicit market valuation techniques to a variety of practical situations. Conventional market valuation approaches are also explored and analysis made of the advantages and disadvantages compared with growth-explicit alternatives. Both these valuation approaches are then used to appraise individual property investments to enable effective decisions to be made by investors within the commercial property investment market. The module also focuses upon recent developments in research into property markets, forecasting and risk analysis. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of the mechanics of property finance by examining the theories and structure of financial arrangements and the finance market, including types of property finance such as corporate, debt and equity finance. Examples are used to convert theory into practice, develop their context and their practical application. The Module will also examine the property vehicles that drive the market, namely institutional investment, property companies and joint ventures, to provide an understanding of how finance is used to produce returns for investors. Students will critically assess various commercial property investment opportunities to enable effective investment decisions to be made in the MDF generated on Friday 02 October 2015, 07:39:35.63 Page 1 of 3 6a. Module Description (Continued) context of the property market. Financial alternatives will be analysed to demonstrate how property finance is used to produce efficient returns for investor clients. A variety of teaching strategies will be utilised including formal group lectures, seminars and tutorials as appropriate to the subject matter.
  • Research Design and Methods
    Gain an in-depth understanding of the theories and methods of research and research design and develop a theoretical and practical foundation in research for your major project/dissertation. You’ll get an understanding of a range of approaches to research, including quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, together with an understanding of a number of specific research methods. You’ll develop your knowledge of research design in order to critically consider the design for your research project, including preparing your proposal and considering ethics and ethical issues.
  • Major Project
    This module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master's stage project, dissertation or artefact. The Module provides the opportunity for students to select and explore in-depth, a topic that is of interest and relevant to their course in which they can develop a significant level of expertise. It enables students to; - Demonstrate their ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism - Undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge; critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge - Develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to the chosen subject and to critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions. - Develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge; to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice. - Demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice - Communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion - Evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.


We'll assess you with a variety of learning and assessment methods, including written assessments, both formative and summative, including essays, position papers, opinions, analysis', presentation and reports and a portfolio. You may also take some exams.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Science & Technology is one of the largest of five faculties at Anglia Ruskin University. Whether you choose to study with us full- or part-time, on campus or at a distance, there’s an option whatever your level – from a foundation degree, to a BSc, MSc, PhD or professional doctorate. 

Whichever course you pick, you’ll gain the theory and practical skills needed to progress with confidence. Join us and you could find yourself learning in the very latest laboratories or on field trips or work placements with well-known and respected companies. You may even have the opportunity to study abroad.

Everything we do in the faculty has a singular purpose: to provide a world-class environment to create, share and advance knowledge in science and technology fields. This is key to all of our futures.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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