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 market place.
Start Date5th February 2022
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. This Masters programme builds upon the knowledge gained from undergraduate studies and/or experiential learning in the workplace.
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. 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.
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.
Why should I study this course?
This course has been specifically re-designed for delivery by online learning with live interactive webinar sessions. It is very suited to you if you have a busy work and home life and want to fit study around this. During the induction, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal, “ePortobello”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.
There is one to one tutor support available to you during your learning journey. You can upload your assessments and your support tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track. Online learning allows you to study at your time with support available when you need it. Integrated throughout the programme are webinars, designed to give you the connection between theory and practice in facilities management.
"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?
MSc Facilities & Workplace Management awarded by London Metropolitan University (LMU). This is recognised as a Level 9 award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Students are registered as postgraduate students of London Metropolitan University and will receive a student card confirming their student status.
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 Feb ’22 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?
I have over 30 years experience as a practicing senior manager, primarily in Guinness / Diageo but also including organisational consulting (PWC) and independent business partnerships. My functional experience covers areas of finance (CIMA qualified), supply chain management (incl. procurement and logistics), business process improvement, shared services and lean business transformation, both in Ireland and internationally (including increasing involvement in business change / programme delivery). I am IMI / UCC accredited executive coach.
Why did you chose to work in education?
I believe that education is the key contemporary enabler towards new levels of personal, organisational and societal effectiveness. I believe it’s a natural fit for me with business coaching in its common root. Portobello at its best, competes with the best anywhere in the world – you don’t have to go to a big ticket provider to get a first-class education!
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
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 .”
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: Facilities Management Lead 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: Facilities Management 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 Blended Learning?
Blended learning takes the schedule of a traditional face to face learning programme and re-structures it to reduce the contact tuition time by introducing more online learning together with one to one tutor support. This mode of delivery includes contact tuition 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 is a seminar held at the commencement of each module. Attendance is not mandatory. The seminars 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 delivery mode options to study facilities management courses in Portobello Institute.
Blended learning offers you the opportunity to study with lectures delivered on-line at the weekends. This condensed scheduling is specifically designed to fit into your life as a working facilities management professional.
All online lectures are recorded for you to catch-up later. You may have the option to attend a lecture delivered onsite – these onsite lectures will simultaneously be delivered online and will also be recorded so you can customise your learning journey – attend on-site, online, or catch-up later.
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.
Having the flexibility to choose whether you attend a lecture as it is taking place or to catch up later means you can seamlessly access and fit education into your life whilst still continuing with your everyday life.
This is a blended learning course delivered over 3 academic semesters with supported seminars held during scheduled weekends. This Masters Programme consists of seven modules. You will complete three modules in semester one, three in semester two and during your final semester you will complete your industry capstone project.
Each semester has 3 one day seminars designed to support the student complete the modules scheduled for that semester. Seminars are generally held on a Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Attendance at seminars is not mandatory but is encouraged for optimal learning outcomes. Support seminars are 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 that module.
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.
Seminars & Tutor Support
The tutorial seminars 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 as a Facilities Manager. The assessment and expectations for successful completion are covered in detail as is where and how to access the information on the Moodle platform. You will meet fellow students and have the opportunity to create your study network for the duration of your learning journey.
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.
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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
How will I be assessed?
The assessments for this degree are broadly assignment based. Assessments vary from practice based assignments to operational plans and reflective essays, all seeking to combine up to date and relevant theory with scenario-based learning and practical implementation.
MSc Degree holders in the Facilities Management sector are at the very top of the industry. They enjoy a greater work-life balance and are first in line for promotions and new opportunities ahead of those with less prestigious qualifications.
Our graduates are able to work more efficiently, which leads to becoming a more effective employee with more flexibility to enjoy life away from work.
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.
Jacky de Vries
Creative, energetic and not afraid to get outside my comfort zone.
I love helping people and having this job allows me to guide people in the right direction so they can follow the career they want.
How long have you worked in the Facility Sector?
After numerous years in the Hospitality sector, I worked for almost 4 years in the Facility Management sector.
What inspires you about working in education?
Being able to help someone improve and progress to a career they are passionate about has been an important motivator for me to start my career in education.
Author Henry B. Adams once said, “A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.” Or, as teacher and astronaut Christa McAuliffe put it, “I touch the future: I teach.”
Have you a story that you recall that touched you/made you laugh/made you cry?
The story of a professor handing out a paper with just a black dot. He asked the students to write an essay about what they saw. When they handed in the papers, he saw that all students wrote an essay about the black dot. He told them that the same happens in life. We focus on the things that bother us, the disappointments in life. But the dots are very small compared to everything we have in our lives. Take your eyes away from the black dots and enjoy each one of your blessings, each moment that life gives you. Be happy and live a life filled with love!
How do you feel when you have helped a student reach a decision on their course choice?
Today’s jobs are more sophisticated, and employers are expecting more with respect to skill, complexity, and specialization. I know that college level experiences provide exposure to a variety of topics that will help students expand their horizons. Being able to be part of and support the education and wellbeing of students, the current workforce and the workforce of the future I find very fulfilling.
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.
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
- €687.75 due on 1st March 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st April 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st May 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st June 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st July 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st August 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st September 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st October 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st November 2022.
- €687.75 due on 1st December 2022.