Master of Science in Facility Management
Sept 2020 Entry
Programme code: 04001
Duration & Credit Requirement
1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)
For local students
For non-local students
HK$4,500 per credit for local students
HK$5,000 per credit for non-local students
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PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.
Dr Lai Hung Kit, Joseph
BEng(Hons), MSc, PhD, CEng, RPE, MHKIE, FCIBSE, FBSOMES, F.PFM
- This is a mixed-mode programme. Students can pursue their studies in either the full-time or part-time mode. Depending on their pace of study, they should normally be able to complete the programme full time in 1 year or part time in 2.5 years. Students are required to attend classes in the daytime and evening if they choose the full-time mode.
- This programme is offered within the Postgraduate Scheme in Construction and Environment.
- There is a provision for a Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) exit award.
Aims & Characteristics
Facility management has developed rapidly over the past few decades, initially in North America and the UK, and more recently in Europe, Australia and Asia. The development of facility management education and training has been driven primarily by demand at the postgraduate level, drawing from a broad base of existing professional disciplines ranging from those involved with engineering-based building services to those related to property management and space planning. Facility management as a discipline is grounded in the field of management, with a clear understanding of the nature and demands of an organisation's core business requirements.
The role of the facility manager is increasingly recognised as critical in supporting the realisation of business plans through the careful alignment of an organisation's physical asset with the appropriate sourcing of facility support services. To be effective, a facility manager must have broad knowledge of all of the elements that affect the efficient performance of buildings, appropriate policies, management processes and the people who work in them.
This programme is structured with a view to achieving a balance between theory and practice:
- To provide facility management professionals with opportunities to critically review and update their knowledge and skills in the management of people, property and technology;
- To integrate facility management practice with the efficient and effective management of business resources;
- To apply innovative methods and procedures in the practice of facility management; and
- To bring into focus and develop appropriate action plans for the managers and operators of facilities to deal with workplace issues in a dynamic business environment.
Recognition & Prospects
This programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
It is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.
This programme has a credit-based structure that allows a flexible study mode leading to professional recognition in Hong Kong, North America and the UK.
Students must complete 10 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 3 other Core Subjects) OR 7 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 2 other Core Subjects) plus a Facility Management Dissertation (9 credits).
Core Areas of Study
The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available upon registration.
- Facility Management: Professional Practice
- Strategic Facility Planning and Asset Management
- Research Project
- Economics for Facility Management
- Maintenance Management of Built Assets
- Facilities Support Services Management
- Energy Efficient Buildings
- Sustainability and the Built Environment
- Legal Aspects of Facility Management
- Occupational Health and Ergonomics
- Building Carbon Footprint Assessment
Information on the subjects offered can be obtained at www.bse.polyu.edu.hk/programmes/SubjectCode/index.html.
- A Bachelor's degree with Honours in architecture, interior design, construction, building surveying, estate management, property/facility management, building services engineering, business or the equivalent;
- A professional qualification, plus relevant professional experience that is related to the building industry or property/facility management, e.g. full membership of the HKIE, HKIS, HKIA, CIBSE, CIOB, RICS, CIH, BIFM, HKIFM or CFM(IFMA).
Candidates who have substantial experience in facility management-related areas, but who lack formal academic qualifications, may be admitted to the programme subject to an interview and/or a review of their experience. In considering such candidates, PolyU will decide whether their experience can be deemed equivalent to an Honours degree awarded by a recognised university.
If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the University’s minimum English language requirement for admission purpose. Please refer to the "Admission Requirements" section for details.
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