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The professional field of facilities management is growing rapidly worldwide, establishing itself as the source of strategic management for the coordination of modern business processes and support facilities.

The Facilities Management programme develops competencies and skills to enable its graduates to manage facilities effectively in a changing business world. Taught from the perspective of strategic facilities management, the programme will invest in students the skills necessary to realise the strategic potential of facilities management to contribute to business effectiveness.

The programme is industry relevant, ensuring that graduates are able to quickly make a positive and effective contribution to the success of their working environment.


  • Fully accredited by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)


Two (2) intakes a year – Jan & September.


This course offers both Full Time and Part Time

Full Time

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) & Master of Science (MSc): Total 18 Months
Currently Unavailable

Part Time

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip): Total 18 months (12-months continuous study without term holidays)

Master of Science (MSc): Total 24 months (18-months continuous study without term holidays )

  • Regular Class: 3-hours classroom lesson – 2 to 3 times per week
  • Consultation: Once a week
  • Weekday lessons start: 7pm to 10pm
  • Saturday lesson start: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

Programme Outline

PGDip: 8 examinable modules
MSc: 8 examinable modules and a Research Dissertation

In the event, the student scored at least an average of 50 marks and above for all 8 examinable modules, the student would be eligible to undertake the MSc.

Service Procurement and ProvisionContracts and ProcurementValue and Risk ManagementSustainable Practices for Construction ProfessionalsStrategic Asset ManagementPeople and Organisation Management in the Built EnvironmentSpace Planning and ManagementConstruction Financial ManagementResearch Dissertation (Only for MSc Students)
  • Nature and significance of FM support services
  • Customer Service and Service Culture
  • Relationship management and performance incentives
  • Supplier risk management
  • Developing briefs and service level agreements
  • Monitoring and evaluating services using a quality management approach
  • Information technology and knowledge management to support service delivery
  • Supply chain management
  • Procurement and purchasing strategies
  • Introduction to Construction Project Procurement
  • Procurement Arrangement Options
  • Construction Contract Use in the UK
  • Principles of Contract Law
  • Partnering
  • Procurement through Public Private Partnerships
  • Claims
  • Negotiating
  • Managing Conflicts and Disputes
  • Towards Better Contracting Practices
  • VRM and the construction procurement process
  • An Introduction to Value Management
  • Value Engineering – Function Analysis and other VE tools
  • Risk, uncertainty and the construction industry
  • Risk and procurement of PPP projects
  • The Risk Management framework.
  • Sources, events and effects of project risk
  • Tools and techniques of Risk Management
  • Risk response and mitigation
  • Client Briefing
  • A Review of North American Practice
  • Definition, origins, nature and requirements of sustainability
  • Basic principles of fuel consumption, plant efficiency, effects of occupancy periods, building thermal inertia, U-values, energy auditing, tariff analysis, and energy monitoring and targeting
  • Researches how the indoor environment affects building occu-pants in terms of thermal comfort, the nature and level of noise in the workplace, and the quality of lighting on the working plane
  • Basics of building design dynamics and their impact upon the quality of the indoor environment
  • Energy performance in buildings
  • Low and zero carbon technologies and their relevance to varying site and building scenarios
  • 4 R’s of waste management; reduce, repair, reuse and recycle
  • Examines the principles of asset maintenance management including aspects of building maintenance and provision within a broader asset portfolio Development Planning
  • Examines the economic rationale governing the need to effective management and sustain a key business resource – its supporting physical assets, and the strategic and operational processes involved in the ongoing management of the operational property assets of a company
  • Development and property rights
  • Key aspects of built asset maintenance management covered include; maintenance policy and standards, planned and responsive maintenance, asset appraisal and evaluation, work categorisation and procurement, Information management and maintenance cost feedback
  • What is management and why is it important for professional practice?
  • Good and bad examples of management and their effect on individuals, organisations and service delivery
  • A critical evaluation of management theories
  • In depth understanding of the complexities of team building, organisational culture, recruitment and selection, staff appraisal, motivation, leadership, communication, co-ordination, and managing change and diversity.
  • Relevance of management competencies to personal development planning
  • Impact of space on productivity, creativity and organisational image
  • Measurement of space and space standards
  • Acquisition and disposal strategies and the space budget
  • Creating adaptable space
  • Space planning techniques (including stacking and blocking plans)
  • Integrating space, technology and time
  • Space and cost
  • Using computer-aided facilities management to support facilities management
  • Project management of relocations and moves
  • Health and safety implications of alternative workplace solutions
  • Legislation, codes, directives and regulatory issues relevant to occupied space
  • The importance of financial management and control in contracting
  • Corporate strategies in construction companies
  • Financial management at the company level
  • Cash flow forecasting (Scurves, net cash flow)
  • Costing (need, cost accounts)
  • Cost and value reconciliation at the project level
  • Production of financial accounts for construction companies
  • Corporate analysis and ratio analysis applied in construction
  • Economic comparison (present worth, equivalent annual cost, etc)
  • Profitability measurement (NPW, DCY, etc.)
  • Construction Plant financial appraisal (calculation of plant hire rate, optimum life, etc.)
  • Development appraisal techniques (residual valuation, development valuations using DCF)

Students are supported throughout Research Dissertation by an allocated supervisor. There is no formal syllabus, the research project process is supported by VLE with on line resources including PowerPoint slide packs and written guidance material on aspects of good practice in preparing the research project work. Students are introduced to research project requirements early.

*Modules are subjected to change by the College


Include both Examinations and Coursework.

All assessments are set and marked by Heriot-Watt University staff.

Examinations are held thrice yearly.

Examinations are administrated and invigilated by the British Council.

Progression Requirement

  • A minimum of 75% attendance is required
  • Minimum mark of 40% is required to pass each module
  • Minimum score of 50 marks for all 8 examinable modules is required for student to undertake Master of Science (MSc)

Mode of Delivery

This programme offers a comprehensive delivery of study materials and support systems.

Award of Degree

The degree is awarded by Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


These are the most common jobs students go into after graduating:

  • Facilities Manager
  • Building and System Analyst
  • Architectural and Construction Planner
  • Planner of Building Technologies

Postgraduated Diploma (PGDip)

  • An honours degree in a related subject area plus a minimum of 2 years of relevant experience post qualification.
  • Candidates who do not meet the above entry requirements or have no formal academic qualifications will be considered individually based on their CV and interview. Admission via this route will be at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the number of successful applicants will be restricted.

All applications are subject to approval from Heriot-Watt University.

Master of Science (MSc)

  • A relevant degree with either first or second class honors from any recognised University
  • Other equivalent qualification and relevant industries experience may also be considered on case by case basis.
  • Mature and experienced adults working in relevant industries may also be considered on individual merits.

All applications are subject to approval from Heriot-Watt University.

Programme Fees (PGDip)

  • *S$24,400 exclusive of GST
  • Fees are collected in 4 interest-free installments
  • Programme fee includes recommended Textbooks, HWU E-Library, VLE, VPN, examinations and assessments.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

Programme Fees (MSc)

  • *S$25,800 exclusive of GST
  • Fees are collected in 4 interest-free installments
  • Programme fee includes recommended Textbooks, HWU E-Library, VLE, VPN, examinations and assessments.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

Other Fees

  • *S$250 (non-refundable) Application and eligibility assessment.
  • *Administration Fees: S$400
  • Fees payable are subjected to prevailing GST.

*Fees are subjected to change without notice

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