Delivered through blended learning, you can work full-time and study this MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management. This MSc in Facilities Management builds upon your knowledge and experience from undergraduate studies/ experiential learning in the workplace and sets out to develop the critical and practical skills which can be applied in the practice of facilities and operational management in a highly competitive global marketplace.
Start Date11th February 2023
QualificationLevel 9 Masters Degree
Course Duration3 academic semesters
The field of Facilities Management is fast becoming a source of strategic management for organisations as the sector grows rapidly in the global market. This MSc Facilities Management sets out to develop the critical and practical skills which can be applied in the practice of facilities and operational management in a highly competitive global market place. Building upon the knowledge gained from undergraduate studies and/or experiential learning in the workplace, this masters qualification adds credibility to your existing qualifications, knowledge and experience.
A flexible study option to balance work, study and life
This Masters degree is designed to offer a level 9 qualification for those coming from a broad spectrum of degree programmes, such as business, finance and engineering. The blended learning delivery mode is a flexible study option for those seeking to fit learning around work and family. There is access to extensive learning resources and support materials through our virtual learning environment that enables students to choose the time and place most suited for them to study. You have the opportunity to apply for Certified Level Membership of IWFM and use CIWFM after your signature to showcase your level of expertise. Assignments are practical and work-based culminating in a research project in semester 3. This project provides an opportunity to explore a situation or issue highly relevant to your organisation’s operational or future strategic needs.
Cultivate strategic thinking
Cultivating strategic thinking is a core theme and the programme is taught from this perspective. Tutors are experienced industry leaders, ensuring the relevance of the content to the FM sector. Graduates can immediately implement their learning and make a positive impact to the success of their working environment. This MSc programme will benefit your personal development as well as your professional career putting you in a strong position for career progression in this sector.
Combine working full-time with study from anywhere
These modules have been designed by Portobello Institute for blended online learning so you can study from anywhere and in your own time. This online blended learning option gives mature students and those working or training full-time, the opportunity to access this masters degree qualification from anywhere in the world.
Accessible, affordable, achievable
There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in performance analysis, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
Here are some reasons to choose to study with Portobello:
- Accelerated programme completing your qualification in twelve months, getting you out into the world of work faster.
- Career focused qualifications – our courses lead to awards that offer you the opportunity of immediate employment upon graduation.
- Notable university partners – our university partners are among the top-ranking universities in the UK offering you access to a qualification from a renowned university.
- Professional Body Recognition – access Certified Level Membership with IWFM upon completion of this Masters.
- Realistic entry requirements – our entry requirements are reflective of the academic ability needed to successfully complete this course. These are clearly stated and remain static regardless of demand for places.
- Individualised support – we fit your learning model with support available when you need it throughout your learning journey.
- SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
- Industry expert tutors – our tutors are all industry practitioners connecting research and theory with industry practice throughout their lectures.
- Flexible delivery – we deliver theory sessions online whilst also recording the session simultaneously offering you a choice of when and how you learn.
- Affordable payment options – all our courses offer you the option to choose an easy payment plan supporting you to spread the cost out over your learning journey.
Why should I study this course?
This MSc provides a grounding in understanding strategic components of facilities management, evaluating strategic direction and planning for effective implementation of the strategy selected. You will have the opportunity to learn from a range of experts in the field of facilities management to gain a masters qualification and further your career as a leader in professional facilities management.
Professional Body Membership
You are eligible to apply for Certified Level Membership of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM). Showcase your level of expertise by securing your grade (Certified) which you can then display with post nominal letters CIWFM. Other benefits include;
- Attend insider events: Attend the annual IWFM National Conference to hear from industry leaders and spend a day dedicated to workplace and facilities management professional development and networking.
- Receive guidance: The IWFM team are always on hand to talk you through your options for professional development. You can call and email any time to receive advice and guidance
- Get free access to the profession’s leading publication: As part of your membership, you’ll receive a subscription to the profession’s leading publication, Facilitate. We also release an annual, members-only Buyers Guide that will save you both time and money by giving you access to the latest services.
Build your career with a strong network of connections
Building a strong network of connections is essential as you advance your career to senior level. Portobello Institute has an established network of connections and we offer our students the opportunity to engage with those connections through live and online events run annually.
Accessible, affordable, achievable
There is an easy payment plan designed to make this degree affordable for you. These factors, together with the one to one tutorial support, offer you the opportunity to access a career in the business of fashion, with a qualification that is accessible, affordable and achievable.
"By 2025 the global Facility (FM) market is expected to be worth $1 trillion. The industry needs to attract people and maintain those already involved in FM."
- Eoin O'Sullivan - Facilities Management Lecturer
Who will recognise my qualification?
This MSc Facilities & Workplace Management is awarded by London Metropolitan University (London Met). This masters is mapped to the National Framework of Qualifications and aligns as a level 9 qualification.
Students are registered as postgraduate students of London Metropolitan University and will receive a student card confirming their student status.
Professional Body Recognition
You are eligible for Certified Level Membership of the Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management (IWFM) upon completion of this Masters programme. IWFM is the body for workplace and facilities professionals. They were founded to promote excellence among a worldwide membership community of around 14,000 and to demonstrate the value and contribution of workplace and facilities management more widely.
Qualifications Frameworks in Ireland and the UK
The Irish and UK qualifications authorities have collaborated on initiatives that promote the transparency, recognition and mobility of qualifications between our respective jurisdictions. The qualifications authorities in the UK and Ireland have agreed the qualifications frameworks in operation, Brexit will not impact this agreement.
What will I study during this MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management – Starts February ’23 course?
You will further develop skills such as critically analysing and problem solving in the context of strategic decision making. Practical industry insights and presentations ensure that students relate theory to real-life work scenarios. This MSc degree programme is designed to encourage student interaction and contribution by developing their ability to work independently, in proposing and developing solutions to problems in a systematic and effective manner, and in communicating confidently and clearly both in writing and verbally.
Who will I learn from?
Personal Academic Tutor
Each student is assigned a personal academic tutor to support you throughout your learning journey. They are available to offer you telephone and email support at any time. You can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance at a time convenient to you.
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. Emailing your tutor at any stage during your programme to ask a query or submit a draft of your assessment supports you to achieve your personal best throughout your studies with Portobello.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing Portobello as your Institute of choice to complete your studies.
Position: Leadership & Development Lecturer
About Derek Fox
I am currently lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and have previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute). I have over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development. I’ve spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and have worked in both business and academia across Europe, Asia, and America.
I began my career as an Engineer but became passionately involved in Psychology in my twenties. This led me to working as a trainer/lecturer in leadership and management where I enjoy working with individuals and organisations to unlock their full potential.
I have published a number of books including the popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and am regular contributor to business and press publications.
Derek’s Teaching Philosophy
As adults we learn best by doing, I have an engaging style and supportive approach to learning. I mix theory with application to provide a real-life experience for students. I use a lot of experiential learning activities to help students unlock potential and really absorb the learning so that they can apply it directly to real life situations. I will provide a safe environment where you will be encouraged to step out of your comfort zone and reach new achievements.
From an Academic point I have designed, managed and delivered on programmes up to and including Level 9 Awards on the NFQ. I am a qualified dissertation and thesis supervisor and have helped students deliver business and academic research papers.
I have accredited awards in organisational behaviour, psychology, psychometrics, people management, training, e-learning, programming languages and engineering. I have completed the C.I.P.D (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) accredited Certificate in Training Practices (CTP). I have also completed John Townsend’s Master Trainer programme and is a licensed NLP (Neuro-linguistic Programming) master practitioner.
- MSc Organisational Behaviour
- MA Psychology
- BA People Management
- Level A and B Psychometrics
- CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
- Sports Psychology
- Master Trainer Program
Research/ Industry Participation
Derek has conducted and publish research across a number of sectors, he is a published author and regular contributor to business press and journals. Derek has published a number of books including his popular ‘Discovering your Style and Dealing with Difficult People’ and is a regular contributor to business and press publications.
Position: Business Management Lecturer
“There is nothing more satisfying than explaining some theory to students, applying it to a real life example and then watching everyone nod as they get a real understanding of the issue .”
About Dermot Hardy
I feel very strongly that the level of talent and expertise in Ireland in is comparable to that available in other leading financial centres and the lecturing and training I provide reflects this. I really enjoy the teaching as I feel it gives me a chance to share my experiences with the students so that they can benefit from my real-life experiences. It also shows that you don’t have to go abroad to become an expert in your field, through hard work and study you can achieve that easily in Ireland.
- M.A. Degree
- Associate Member of the Corporate Treasurers
- Irish Securitisation Forum (ISF)
- Irish Securitisation Working Group
- IFSC Banking & Treasury Committee (A sub-committee of the Clearing House Group under the auspices of the Department of An Taoiseach. )
Eoin O Sullivan
Position: Senior Lecturer
I began my career in 1990 in Mechanical services working on construction projects in the greater Munster area, e.g. Apple Inc. Cork Airport and Debeers, culminating in 2000 as a mechanical project supervisor. I then took up a position in a large private healthcare facility in Cork whereby I started my journey in Facilities Management. I was responsible for some key aspects of strategic management and operational functions. In the last few years I continued that journey as I moved to a large University to become a significant member of the FM team adding my experience and vision to the organisation.
I have always been a keen advocate of continuous personal and professional development and business today recognises this aspect and rewards it. I have achieved multiple qualifications in areas such as; mechanical services, process and chemical engineering, electrical and gas systems, leading empowered organisations, IOSH accreditation and project management.
My vast experience in these subjects coupled with 10 years construction experience and over 20 years of facility management allow me to cultivate rapport with students and develop course work and material based on practical experience in the workplace.
Eoin’s Teaching Philosophy
I am a qualified Engineer and a proud member of Engineer’s Ireland and I take pride in my attention to precision and detail. I base my lectures and teaching style on this philosophy. I strive to prepare and manage quality coursework relevant to the student with industry focus. The coursework is based on the required learning outcomes developed to engage students and peer learning. I have previously lectured with other adult education providers and the Cork Institute of Technology where I still guest lecture on career aspects with students to help them understand and see opportunities that lay ahead through education.
- Masters in Project Management
- Process and Chemical Engineer
- Qualified Plumber
- Electrical Systems
- Gas Systems
- Leading an Empowered Organisation
- Managing Safely – IOSH
Research / Industry Participation
- ISO 50001 – Energy management
- OHS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety,
- ISO 9001- Quality Management Systems
- IAM – Institute of Asset Management
- Joint Commission International Standards
Tony O Gorman
Position: Senior Lecturer
“We are dealing with unprecedented change in our industry. It is imperative therefore to keep upskilling, networking and seeking new ways to deliver FM in the most efficient and effective manner.”
I have worked in engineering, maintenance and management roles for the last four decades, in a variety of senior roles for multinationals, the not-for-profit sector, various parts of the public sector in addition to running my own successful businesses in the technical consulting, training and industrial maintenance sectors. I have worked in Ireland, Africa, Southeast Asia, South America, United States and Ireland. I bring this wealth of knowledge and practical experience to the classroom.
Tony’s Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on early and continual engagement with students across the duration of their studies. I have witnessed the transformative effect that a successful learning experience has on the lives of students and has a particular interest in supporting adult learners returning to the classroom by utilizing learning sessions as forums for students to learn by solving real-world problems using practical work experiences. I have a wide range of teaching experiences in both public and private education institutes. I lecture in the areas of FM Asset Management, Risk, Health & Safety , Strategic Management, People and Change and Project Management.
- MBA Henley Management College/University of Reading
- M.A Health Services Management. UCD Whitaker School of Government and Management.
- Master of Engineering, Open University
- B. Eng. (Hons) in Environmental & Public Health Engineering. Open University
- Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Technology Management. IT Tallaght
- PMI PMP certification
- Doctoral Candidate – Doctorate in Business
- Administration (principal area of research is the area of organisational performance measurement and management)
How will I learn?
What is Online with Webinar Learning?
Online with Webinar Learning is a form of blended learning. It re-structures the content introducing online learning together with interactive webinars and one to one tutor support. This mode of delivery includes contact tuition (by webinar) and web-based e-learning sessions. The e-learning platform is interactive including recorded sessions, webinars with weekly content and assigned tasks to themes and topics.
There are webinars held at regular intervals including the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory but is encouraged for optimal learning. The webinars are designed to support students understand the requirements of the learning outcomes, the expectations of the assessment and meet their tutor for the module.
The Difference between Blended and Online with Webinars Delivery Modes
There are two blended learning delivery mode options to study courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered on-site at the weekends.
Online with Webinars – you will not be required to attend on-site lectures if you are enrolled on a course with this delivery mode. All lectures are delivered online and are recorded so you can catch-up later.
What is a webinar?
A webinar, in the context of online learning, is a lecturer delivering a presentation or class online to a group of students. We use specifically designed e-learning software so you can participate in the class just as if you were present in the same room. You can ask a question of the lecturer at any stage during the class.
Interactive break-out rooms
The software is designed with “break-out rooms” where you can discuss a topic or complete a group exercise with a smaller group from your class. You will need a computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone that has internet connection, an audio facility so you can hear and speak during the class and a camera so your lecturer and fellow class participants can see you.
Secure online learning environment
The webinar is a secure online environment and only those permitted entry by the lecturer can gain access to the “classroom”. Webinars are recorded during each session and should you miss a session, you can catch up with the recorded session at a later date. You will only be able to access Webinars of the group you are assigned to.
This programme has been specifically developed for professional facilities managers seeking to balance study with home life and a busy career. The modules and work load is designed to be achievable with considerable support available from expert industry experienced tutors.
Many senior FMs undertake this programme and it is the peer to peer learning and support they enjoy the most – this is actively promoted so you build your network as well as your knowledge during this programme.
Seven modules over 3 semesters
This is an online with webinars course delivered over 12 months with supported webinars held during scheduled Saturdays – schedule TBC. This level 9 Masters programme consists of seven modules delivered over three academic semesters.
Each semester is 4 months in duration. You will complete three modules in semester one, three in semester two and during your final semester you will complete your industry capstone project.
A provisional schedule is available here.
Each semester has 3 * 1 day webinars designed to support the student complete the module, assessments and engage in live case studies with our experienced industry professional tutors. Webinars are held on a Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Attendance at webinars is not mandatory but is encouraged for optimal learning outcomes.
There is an induction webinar held at the start of the course. This is usually held on an evening before the first module. The Induction webinar is delivered with the purpose of introducing the module tutor, setting out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development for the programme.
All of the course material is held on an e-learning portal which is an easy to use online platform specifically designed for online learning programmes. During the induction, students will be introduced to the platform with practical demonstration of how to use the portal and access lessons quickly and easily. To complete this course, students must have a basic knowledge of using a computer and searching the internet for research purposes.
Expert tutor support
The tutorial webinars held at the start and throughout each module introduce you to your tutor who will guide and support you throughout the module. These seminars lay out the module for you and support you to learn and acquire the skills you will need. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail.
One to one support
Many of our past graduates have found it is the opportunity to ask a simple question, seek direction and submit a draft of their assessment that supported them most to successful completion. You can email your tutor at any stage during the module to ask a simple query or submit a draft of your assessment. Our programme management team are always available to offer you telephone and email support and if you need to, you can arrange to meet them for further one to one guidance.
This level of one to one support is a particular benefit to choosing this mode of study. Portobello Institute has invested in a team of programme managers and tutors who are experienced in the field of facilities management as well as qualified and knowledgeable educators. They are available to assist you at every stage of this programme.
Broaden your professional network
Many graduates tell us they learn as much from each other as they do from tutors. Attending the webinars is key to meeting fellow students, engaging in discussion and exchanging ideas about facilities management. Meeting fellow students gives you the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey. This network can prove extremely useful afterwards during your professional career.
How will I be assessed?
SMART assessments – we use a range of assessments for each module designed to support a broad range of learning styles, giving you the opportunity to excel.
The primary aim of the varying assessment styles is to support you to demonstrate your knowledge of theory and practical implementation as a result of a range of assessments.
We encourage you to reflect on your knowledge gain with a number of assignments designed to explore your learning journey. All of these assessment methods are seeking to support you to combine theory with scenario-based learning and how to practically implement these methods into your everyday work.
This MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management was developed in response to growing industry demand for graduates with a suitable range of skills and knowledge. Specialist FM expertise is not enough, FMs also need to be creative thinkers, problem solvers, deadline-driven and with a strategic mindset – this is the kind of approach we encourage and help you to develop. This masters qualification adds credibility to your existing qualifications, knowledge and experience.
Facilities Management professionals are required in all sectors of global economies from airports and other infrastructure to leisure facilities, commercial organisations, consultancies, property companies, Integrated FM providers and local and national government.
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Speak to an expert
Choosing a course that will lead you to your career of choice is a significant decision. Understanding the delivery modes, supports available, career opportunities and further study options are all key considerations when making your choice. Our course adviser team are experts in the courses Portobello offers, the employment prospects and possible progression routes to Masters programmes – they will guide you through the detail and support you with any queries you may have.
It is important you make the right choice for you and choose the Institute and course that will best suit your needs.
I am Brandon McLean, the Corporate Admissions Manager here at the Portobello Institute and I can be contacted on 01 892 0035.
Education is a journey and the destination is a career that you love. I support the department that helps you to plan your journey so you can find the path that’s right for you. I have been with Portobello since 2018 and I love the elation that you can see on the face and hear in the voice of a student who talks through a complicated goal, who we can provide with a simple solution. When the conversation has finished and they can clearly see the path forward, I am thrilled. Education is a milestone in determining your future, and I cannot think of a better milestone to have a hand in.
How do I apply?
Entry is by direct application to Portobello Institute.
There are entry criteria available to students with differing qualifications/experience levels and these are detailed below.
Students seeking to enter using previous educational qualifications must hold one of the following qualifications:
- BSc (Hons) Facilities Management
- BIFM/IWFM Level 6
- Other Level 8 Degree holders with relevant experience in FM
Entry using Experiential Learning
Students may apply for entry to the MSc Facilities & Workplace Management using experience gained in the workplace in place of prior educational qualifications if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis with senior practical management knowledge a key criterion for entry via this route. Students will be advised of the best path of study for success, this may include an option of advanced entry on to the BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management
Our experienced course adviser team are available to support you with your programme choice. If you are unsure if this programme is right for you, please email your cv to firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice or call him on 01-8920035. We will support you to map your experience to date and any previous educational experience you may have to the FM programmes so that you can select the course best suited to your career ambition and educational experience.
Applicants who do not meet the criteria, maybe eligible for advanced entry into the BSc (Hons) Facilities & Workplace Management. This programme is available through Portobello Institute.
Students will be registered as an postgraduate degree student with London Metropolitan University.
Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Early Application is advised.
Fees & Payment Options
Exam Body Reg. Fee
Easy Payment Plan
Deposit of 30% payable upon acceptance of an offer of a place. Balance to be paid in 10 instalment payments due on 1st of month commencing the month after the course starts. Exam body registration fees are included in the Easy Payment Plan.
Deposit + 10 Instalments
- €723.45 due on 1st March 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st April 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st May 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st June 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st July 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st August 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st September 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st October 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st November 2023.
- €723.45 due on 1st December 2023.