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Master of Science in Facility Management

Sept 2021 Entry
Programme code: 04001

Duration & Credit Requirement

Duration & Credit Requirement

Stream Code

FAM (Full-time)
FMM (Part-time)

Mode of Study
Mixed Mode
Normal Duration

1 year (Full-time)
2.5 years (Part-time)

Credits Required for Graduation


Fund Type
Initial Registration Credits

12 (Full-time)
6 (Part-time)

Tuition Fee

HK$5,300 per credit for local and non-local students

Entry Scholarships are available. For details, please visit

PolyU reserves the right to change or withdraw the scholarship at any time. In case of any dispute/disagreement, PolyU’s decision is final.

Programme Leader(s)

Dr Lai Hung Kit, Joseph

  • 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

Aims & Characteristics

Programme Aims

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

Recognition & Prospects

This programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM) 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.



Programme Structure

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

Entrance Requirements

Entrance Requirements

  • 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 or HKIFM.


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.

Other Information



For further information on academic matters, please contact:
Dr Joseph Lai (tel: (852) 2766 4697; email:  

Student Message

Student Message

With a non-engineering background, I joined the MSc in Facility Management programme to broaden my exposure to building services, construction works and office space management, which were beyond my property management knowledge. The flexible study mode made it possible for me to get my employer’s full sponsorship, and the programme facilitated my career advancement.

Choy Kwan Wing

Working in the facility management field but with a background in translation, I joined the MSc in Facility Management programme to learn more aspects of the field such as what constitutes facility management, how to consolidate facility resources to support the core business and how to manage building portfolios.


With the support of Dr Joseph Lai, my project won a Gold Award in the Inter-Institutional Competition on Facility Management. I also won a scholarship from the International Facility Management Association. With the knowledge and experience I gained through this programme, I am sure that I will be able to advance along my career path.

Zhang Jing

With the ambition to develop a career in building services engineering, I chose the MSc in Facility Management to hone my strategic skills. 


An entry scholarship supported my studies, which included a range of free electives that gave me abundant opportunities to explore my interests. In December 2016, I even joined a subject-based outbound study tour of Shanghai to learn about property management there.


My studies were quite fruitful and I am confident that the experience and knowledge gained from the programme will make me more competent in my future career.

Law Chun Kit, Roger

Additional Documents Required

Additional Documents Required

Transcript / Certificate


Info Seminar

Info Seminar

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Programme Leaflet

Programme Leaflet

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