Course Details

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. This blended learning option enables you to work full-time and study this MSc in Facilities and Workplace Management.

Level
Postgraduate
Qualification
Masters Degree
Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration
Course
MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
Duration
3 academic semesters

Overview

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.

Validated Agreement

One or more modules or the full course has been developed and delivered by Portobello Institute and has been evaluated and deemed by London Metropolitan university (London Met) to be of an equivalent standard and quality to that of its own provision, and therefore suitable to lead to one of its own awards.

What will I study during this MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management 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.

  • Project Management in the Workplace

    Current market dynamism and the companies that drive it give rise to an increasing need to manage multiple workplace projects. Facilities Management department are often appointed with the delivery of significant, upgrade and capital, projects for their organisations. Projects which range from commissioning, relocating staff to new premises, implementing new working methods or introducing CSR programmes. To achieve success the Facilities Management team needs to apply a structured approach appropriate to the scale of the task. As a result, at the Management level it is always crucial to know the status of a company’s projects, the scope of the projects the company is considering carrying out and the results of the projects that have been completed. The core skills required include defining the project goals, setting the budget and schedule, scope, quality, identifying any risks associated with the project and responding to challenges which unfold throughout the duration of the project and ensuring timely completion.  Increasingly managers at all levels of an organisation are required to manage projects, temporary endeavors undertaken to create a unique product or service.

    Your Lecturer

    Tony O’Gorman

  • Strategic Facilities Management

    Strategy is a crucial subject, concerned with the development, success and failure of all kinds of organisations, from multinationals to entrepreneurial start-ups, from charities to government agencies, and many others. Accordingly,  strategy  constitutes  a  key  element  of  all  professional  business  and management qualifications. This module develops conceptual skills through critical analysis of key theories, concepts, and frameworks of strategic management in the context of Facilities Management, aspiring managers and leaders with the knowledge, skills and techniques required to Emphasis is placed on critical discussion and analysis using contemporary organisations within changing environments nationally and globally. In addition, students will utilise award winning studies to formulate, evaluate strategic direction; and to plan for the effective implementation of the strategy selected.

    Your Lecturer

    Eoin O’Sullivan

  • Fundamentals of Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance Sustainability Innovation

    Core Module – 20 credits at Level 9

    The field of corporate social responsibility has practically transformed our world and reoriented the way organisations conduct and perceive their operational activities. Corporate managers, including facilities and those who represent organisations are always expected to behave ethically. Modern societies now expect that solutions to our social and environmental problems cannot only be the prerogative of nation governments, businesses of the 21st century have a lot to contribute when finding solutions to these problems.

    The demands modern stakeholders put before organisations have continued to increase; tomorrow’s managers need to know how to meet these demands. Some scholars have in fact argued that corporate social responsibility has drawn our attention to some of the excesses which globalisation has brought unto the corporate scene in the 21st century.

    We have seen some unacceptable practices which have accompanied globalisation and consequently made the job of CSR and what it advocates much more difficult. Many things have been made a lot more challenging for everyone because of this. We cannot ignore the adverse impacts of these excesses. There are several unacceptable practices in the form of injustices and human rights abuses, extreme poverty in several nation states both emerging and even some advanced nations, environmental degradation, some irresponsible and reckless practices by some corporate leaders and terrorism on a very large scale. In recent years, several social, economic and environmental problems have continued to cause concern to us all, for example; climate change, waste management and irresponsible use of our depletable resources just to mention a few.

     

    Your Lecturer

    Eoin O’Sullivan

  • Finance Procurement and Economics for Facilities Management

    In recent years facility managers have shown as increasing interest in ‘Performance-Based Contracting’ (PBC) and its related concepts ‘Performance-Based Financing’ (PBF) and ‘Performance-Based Maintenance Contract (PBMC). Such concepts area form of contracting that explicitly includes a clear definition of a series of objectives and indicators by which to measure contractor performance, collection of data on the performance indicators, and consequences for the contractor based on performance such as provision of rewards (such as performance bonuses or public recognition) or imposition of sanctions (such as termination of the contract or public criticism).

    With the role of the facility manager evolving over the past decade it has become increasingly important for all facilities mangers to have developed an in-depth knowledge, and advanced skills and competencies in the areas of economics, finance, and accounting to contribute to overall business performance.

     

     

    Your Lecturer

    Dermot Hardy

  • Management Learning and Research

    An MSc in Facilities Management has a significant role to play in developing its learners as responsible and evidence informed management practitioners. This module challenges the criticism often levied at business research and the teaching of research methods by adopting a learning-centred, reflective and integrated approach. This will support each learners’ understanding of research-informed practice and research methods. It will prepare them to undertake and to communicate a business research project which links context with management theory, evidence and practice. It will provide a firm foundation in the philosophical and practical factors that characterise business research, the opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate recent research studies and support the development of a research proposal. In this way it will support the development of the research-related management knowledge and skills necessary for professional development and the decision-making processes appropriate to management practitioners.

    The Management Learning and Research module anticipates that responsible management learning for dynamic and complex environments involves the whole person in taking professional and personal responsibility for making and implementing justifiable decisions. By adopting a learning-centred approach, learners are introduced to the choices and judgments that have to be made in crafting, executing and evaluating research which provides the essential link between theory and business practice. The module is intended to prepare learners to critically read and evaluate research within their chosen field of study and then to design a research proposal for their business research project.

     

     

    Your Lecturer

    Derek Fox

  • Strategic Operations Management in Facilities Management

    Organisations now recognise the importance of adequately managed building assets to enabling organisations to function efficiently and effectively, and to add value to the organisation’s core business activities. Facilities Management has developed into a core discipline within the organisation and is a sector which continues to grow exponentially. The scope of services provided by the Facilities Management department has become more complex it is essential for management to acknowledge the role of Facilities Management in the organisation’s strategic operations. The Facilities Management Strategic Operations module plays a significant role in ensuring learners are well informed and evidence-based facility management practitioners.

    This module questions the many facility and operations management theories and practices in circulation while developing the learners understanding through interaction, research and study using a learning debate centred, reflective, integrated approach. The module will prepare learners for real world practice through case study theory and to undertake and to communicate tasks and assignments linking theory, research, analysis, evaluation, evidence and practice. It will provide a firm foundation in the philosophical and practical factors that characterise facilities and operations management research, fundamental concepts, ideas, practices and methodologies.

     

    Your Lecturer

    Tony O’Gorman

  • Industry Capstone Project

    This module is about taking an evidenced-based approach to solve Facilities Management problems. Learners will build upon and apply their business research skills and knowledge to analyse, formulate, and implement Facilities Management strategies. In addition, this module extends the student’s experience in problem solving, communication, teamwork, project management and interaction with industry. This module provides learners with the opportunity to focus all of their learning into one bloc.

    Your Lecturer

    Derek Fox

Who will I learn from?

Programme Manager

Gerry Kelly

For over 40 years Gerry worked in both the Private and Public Sectors. During that time, he held the position of Chief Executive with a Semi State Organisation; Press Secretary to the Minister for Finance and Minister for Labour; Senior Director Roles in Public Relations, Human Resources, Facilities Management, Customer Service, Corporate and Social Responsibility and Emotional Intelligence in State and Semi State Bodies. Prior to working in the Public Sector, he worked in the Printing Industry where he introduced the first computer setting facility to the Commercial Printing Sector in Ireland. He was also Ireland’s Graphic Designer of the Year.

Working with Portobello Institute for the past 7 years he is Programme Manager for the Facilities Management BSc and MSc Programmes. He also provides student support and mentoring on the Institutes IWFM Programmes along with lecturing on the Institutes CSR, Customer Relations, Strategic Management and Risk Management Programmes. His main reason for supporting Portobello is to continue working with people on their personal and career development while sharing with them his world of work experiences.

Gerry has direct hands-on and tutoring experience of almost 20 years in the areas of Customer Service, Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility and has studied Active Citizenship and Corporate and Social Responsibility at Northwestern University Chicago; Advanced Strategic Management and International Marketing at the International Management Development Institute, Geneva; Commerce at UCD and Senior Executive Development, Irish Management Institute.

Working with Multi-National Corporations in Ireland, the US and Europe he designed, developed, tutored and implemented over 100 Corporate and Social Responsibility, Customer Service, Education, Emotional Intelligence and Cross Border Programmes targeted at influencing and improving the work opportunities and lives of people living in the Inner Cities of Belfast and Dublin.


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.


Derek Fox

Derek Fox is a man whose experience spans many industries. He leads Portobello Institute’s MSc in Aviation Management and brings a wealth of experience to the role.

He has worked directly with companies such as Aer Lingus and the Dublin Aviation Authority, playing a key part in providing consultancy and strategic advice during an important transitional period for the airline.

He is a lead facilitator and director of DFLeap consulting and has previously worked as a senior specialist in the area of management, leadership and communications with the IMI (Irish Management Institute).

With over 30 years’ experience in learning design, management, coaching and development he has spent 15 years in a large multinational corporation and has 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 work 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 a regular contributor to business and press publications,” he said.

Derek is the program leader of our MSc in Aviation Management so students will get the chance to learn from him in key areas such as “understanding how to do a dissertation, what ethical research is, how to develop research questions and objectives, selecting appropriate methodologies to inform and address your answering of the research question and how to draw conclusions based on your primary research. Not to mention statistical analysis,” he said.

Derek is ambitious for his students and the opportunities Aviation Management can bring to their careers.

“We have students across multiple sectors of the aviation industry. Our aim is to reach aviation sectors like engineering, fleet management, fleet rentals, all that kind of stuff, on top of airlines and airport operations.

 

Qualifications Held

  • MSc Organisational Behaviour
  • MA Psychology
  • BA People Management
  • Level A and B Psychometrics
  • CiPD Certificate in Training Practice
  • Sports Psychology
  • Master Trainer Program

Kevin Murray

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” (Benjamin Franklin).  Obtaining knowledge gives a lifetime of benefit, especially when that knowledge is related to your day to day work.”

Position: Financial Management Lecturer

About Kevin

I qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1995 and have held a number of senior management roles since then in sectors as diverse as transport, healthcare and IT. I co-founded a software company and was head of finance for that company from incorporation, through international growth and onto a multi-million dollar trade sale to a US based multinational corporation.

Kevin’s Teaching Philosophy

Its important students understand the “why” behind what they learn.  When you understand the “why”, you will always know the “how”.  Finance in particular, is an area of management practice that is full of terminology. Understanding why this terminology is used will make it much more understandable when you come across it in your own management career. A qualification should be more than a piece of paper, it should be a set of skills you can use for life. Understanding finance, especially areas such as budgeting and discounted cash flow is an essential skill for any Facilities Manager.

Qualifications 

  • BBS
  • MA
  • FCA

 

Dermot Hardy

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.

Qualifications

  • 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. )

 

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.”

About Tony 

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.

Qualifications

  • 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)

Eoin O’Sullivan

Position: Senior Lecturer

About Eoin

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.

Qualifications 

  • 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

Dan Murphy

 Dan Murphy | Managing Director – Galway Bay Hotel | Guest Speaker to Facilities Management  Event Programs

Dan Murphy, guest speaker on our facilities management led special events & webinars , is the long-standing Managing Director of the high-profile Galway Bay Hotel. As a guest speaker on a number of our Facilities Management events, he gives wonderful industry insight and opportunity to our students.

Dan has a wealth of experience having held senior management roles in Four-star and Five-star hotels in the US and in Ireland. Throughout Dan’s early career days he gained very valuable Five-star experience in prestigious hotels such as Adare Manor and Ashford Castle. Following on from his graduation from MTU in the early ’90s Dan worked for 5 years with the Hilton Hotel group in North America working his way through the management ranks in the Chicago Hilton & Towers Hotel and the Waldorf Astoria in New York. On his return to Ireland in 1997 he took up a position of Operations Manager in the Rochestown Park Hotel in his hometown of Cork city before taking the role of General Manager in the Galway Bay Hotel in early 1999. Dan quickly settled into this hotel, making Galway city home and quickly establishing the Galway Bay Hotel as one of the leading 4-star hotels in the country. To date, Dan and his team have achieved more than 50 awards for the Galway Bay Hotel, including best Four-Star Hotel in Ireland on a number of occasions, Deloitte Best Managed Company, Best Employer in Galway this year and indeed the Irish Hospitality Institute Hotel Manager of the Year. However, Dan would say that his biggest achievements is guiding a thriving business through many crises such as 9/11, financial down turns, recessions, water crises, Covid pandemic and not only weathering the storm but ensuring a stronger and leaner business. Dan really enjoys interacting with people within our industry, learning and sharing his experiences inside and outside of the lecture theatre.

 

 

Sharon Malone

Sharon Malone | Marketing & Digital Media Manager | Guest Speaker to Facilities Management Events

Meet Sharon Malone, Environmentally focused and project managing, we are delighted to to have her as a guest Speaker to our numerous Facilities Management special events & webinars. Her wealth of industry insight is a great asset to our students.

Combining two of her passions, a love for County Clare and a strong interest in environmental sustainability, Sharon is very much at home in her role as Marketing & Digital Media Manager in The Falls Hotel & Spa in Ennis tymon.  Sharon has a degree in Marketing from Trinity College, and as the marketing environment evolved, she upskilled with a diploma in Digital Marketing.  Working for the family-owned hotel in North Clare means she can use these skills to promote the Falls Hotel and County Clare as a destination.

Sustainability is at the heart of all that The Falls Hotel does.  Sharon has headed up the Green Team in the hotel since early 2019.  One of the biggest sustainability projects they took on was to install a hydro electric turbine on the river running alongside the hotel.  A 220kilowatt hydro turbine was installed and when the river is in full flow, they get 100% of their electricity needs from the river, dramatically reduced their dependency on carbon fuels.  In March 2021, the property was certified as a carbon neutral property by GreenMark.ie, through Green Hospitality Ireland.  In a five year period, through many green initiatives, they reduced their carbon emmissions by approximately 90%.  The moment you arrive on to the 50 acre property, you are reducing your own carbon footprint!

Niamh Clonan

Niamh Clonan | Waste Management Expert | Guest Speaker to Facilities Management Events

Niamh Clonan is a Senior Account Manager at Thorntons Recycling, Ireland’s largest family-run waste company. She is responsible for managing a large account portfolio, including Government, Construction, Blue Chip and Multinational clients. We are delighted to have her as a guest speaker to numerous Facilities Management events and webinars. Her insights prove invaluable to our students.

A Graduate of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and with her extensive background in sales, account management, and waste management spanning over 20 years, Niamh brings invaluable expertise in serving diverse commercial sectors, including facility and property management.

 

How will I learn?

Delivery Mode

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.

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.


Course Structure

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.

Interactive webinars

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.

Induction webinar

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.

Elearning portal

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.


COURSE SCHEDULE - October 2024 Start Date
  • Semester 1 runs from 12/10/24 – 25/01/25
  • Semester 2 runs from 08/02/25 – 31/05/25
  • Semester 3 encompasses the Capstone Project and runs from 06/06/25 – 31/08/25. During this semester, you will work with your supervisor to complete a work-based project. Individual tutorials are generally held at times convenient to both.

Tutorial webinar/seminar held on allocated Saturdays, 10 am – 4 pm.

Webinars are recorded so you may review them at a later stage if you are unable to attend the live sessions.

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.

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MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
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Career prospects

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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Visit our Graduates Success Stories to understand the opportunities they availed of, the further studies they have undertaken and their unique learning journeys.

 

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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.

Your Consultant

Janice OToole

Education is a journey that we all begin and finish at different points in our lives. I support students from all walks of life as they map out the path to their dream career. As I am often the first point of contact for many prospective students, I am excited to introduce students to the Portobello Institute experience. I love learning about students’ ideas, goals, and passions, and this job allows me to do so.

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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 [email protected] 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.

Application Process

Step 1

Complete the online application form.

Step 2

Applicant’s application will be reviewed by the Portobello enrolment team.

Step 3

Applicant’s will be contacted by the Portobello enrolment team to confirm place on the course or for more information.

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

Fees

Course Price

Year 1 base fee

€9,495

Exam Body Reg. Fee

€435.00

Overall Course Price

Total amount due

€9,930.00

Easy Payment Plan

Payment Option 1

30% deposit payment (€3,097.50), followed by 10 scheduled payments on the first of each month, commencing the 1st of the month after the start date of the course. Includes one off instalment fee of €395.

  • €722.75 due in month 1
  • €722.75 due in month 2
  • €722.75 due in month 3
  • €722.75 due in month 4
  • €722.75 due in month 5
  • €722.75 due in month 6
  • €722.75 due in month 7
  • €722.75 due in month 8
  • €722.75 due in month 9
  • €722.75 due in month 10

Available Courses

Course Delivery Mode Start Date Duration Fees Per Year
Course
MSc in Facilities & Workplace Management
Delivery Mode
Blended Learning
Start Date
12th October 2024
Duration
3 academic semesters
Fees Per Year
€9,930.00

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