Portobello InstituteMSc Workplace & Facilities Management

MSc Workplace & Facilities Management

€ 8995 per Semester
Three Semesters
Masters, Postgraduate
Start date: Continuous Intake

Course description

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.

What is Blended Learning?

If you are working full-time with limited spare time yet you want to achieve your degree qualification, this method of learning is perfectly suited for you. During the induction workshop, you will be given your log-in details to the online portal,  “Weblearn”. Here you will find course notes, reading lists, podcasts, articles of interest and assessment guidelines. The content is structured in an easy to “find and follow” week by week format. You will need basic computer skills such as searching the internet and typing a word document.

Each module commences with an induction seminar and you will meet your lead tutor during this seminar. You can upload your assessments and your tutor will give you feedback on whether you are on the right track before you submit the final version. Blended learning allows you to study at your time with support available throughout your learning journey. Click the link below for how our recent graduates got on studying under the Blended Learning method.

Qualification Gained:

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. Further guidance on this framework is available here.

Entry Requirements

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.

Entry with Previous Educational Qualifications

Students seeking to enter using previous educational qualifications must hold one of the following qualifications:

BSc Facilities Management
BIFM Level 6 graduates
Senior FM persons  – requires entry assessment via application process
Other Level 8 Degree holders with relevant experience in FM
Entry using Experiential Learning

Students may apply for entry to the MSc Faciliites & Workplace Management using experience gained in the workplace in place of prior educational qualifications if they meet ONE of the following criteria. Applications are reviewed on a case by case basis with practical management knowledge a key criteria for entry via this route.

A minimum of 3 years experience in a senior role at management level
Significant work experience in an operational role.

Application Process

Step 1 – Complete the online booking form.

Step 2 – Applicants will be contacted for confirmation/evidence of meeting the entry criteria and entry will be confirmed.

Step 3  – Confirmation of a place will be given to applicants immediately meeting the criteria.


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.

Please note places on this course are only confirmed once tuition fees have been received. Early Application is advised.

This is a blended learning course delivered over 3 academic semesters with supported seminars held during scheduled weekends.

Semester 1 & 2 – 26/09/20 – 07/05/21, Assessments – 24/05/21 – 29/05/21

Semester 3 – 02/10/21 – 17/12/21, Assessments – 18/01/22 – 22/01/22

There is a break during the summer months.

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 and are available to log-in to, from an off-site location. Attendance at seminars is not mandatory and delivered with the purpose of introducing the module tutor, setting out the learning outcomes, content, the assessment strategy and expectations for skills/knowledge development.

All of the course material is held on an elearing 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.

Course Aims

Students 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.

Learning Outcomes

The learning outcomes for the MSc Facilities & Workplace Management are as follows:

Enable participants to develop advanced core competencies in facilities management, by building on learning skills already gained at BSc level

Cultivate strategic thinkers with extensive high-level management knowledge, skills and practice

Equip learners with the necessary qualification to advance their careers in the globalised Facilities Management sector

Develop competitive managers and future leaders and decision-makers for the FM sector

Module Content

Semester 1

Fundamentals of CSR and Sustainability

Strategic Facilities Management

Project Management in the Workplace

Semester 2

Management Learning and Research

Strategic Operations Management in Facilities Management

Financial Management and Environmental Economics

Semester 3

Industry Capstone Project


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