Building Services Facilities Management MSc-Diploma-Certificate

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  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements For MSc level entry, students must hold: * A good (minimum 2:1) honours degree in a relevant discipline And/or * Full membership of a relevant professional institution And/or * Equivalent UK/overseas qualifications which may be considered on an individual basis Students admitted onto the Diploma course who perform well may be allowed to transfer to the MSc course
  • Academic title
    Building Services Facilities Management MSc/Diploma/Certificate
  • Course description

    The normal study options available on our courses allow complete flexibility, and include full time, part time, attendance-free, and mixed-mode which is a combination of all of the above. All of the teaching materials are presented as a formal attendance-free pack, including advanced remote learning and student-centred learning techniques as appropriate.

    The AE course will be introduced in 2009/10 and, in this first year of presentation, will be available through full time and part time study only. From 2009/10, it will be available by any route. The BSE, BSEM, BSFM and ES courses are being phased out in favour of the AE course, and from 2008/9 onwards will be available only to returning students in the attendance-free route. Foreign students through Approved Learning Partners centres will still be able to enrol on the BSE, BSEM, BSFM and ES courses.

    All of the courses in the Architectural Engineering Programme have a common delivery format. Students have a choice of three qualification levels: M.Sc., Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate. For an M.Sc., students study 8 modules then submit a dissertation equivalent to a further 4 modules. For a Diploma, students also study 8 modules. For a Certificate, students study 6 modules.

    All courses run over two semesters. In semester 1 there are 12 teaching weeks and 2 revision/assessment weeks. In the second, there are 12 teaching weeks and four revision/assessment weeks. For each module, students are expected to undertake, on average, 150 student effort hours of study. To ensure compatibility with other institutions and the CAPS scheme, postgraduate modules are 15 credit modules. Therefore, four are provided during each semester so 120 credits are accumulated through study automatically allowing students to qualify for a Postgraduate Diploma. Alternatively, undertaking a 60 credit Dissertation will bring the credit total to 180 and allow students to graduate with an MSc. Most modules are assessed by examination and assignment, but some are assessed by examination only or assignment only. Examinations are held in April or September of each year, and assignments are submitted in December and May of each year, each depending on the module taken.


    The highly-serviced nature of modern buildings means that the roles of facilities manager and building services manager can converge. This course has therefore been designed to provide building services managers and facilities managers with the combination of specialised knowledge they require to carry out the emerging role of building services facilities manager.

    The School of the Built Environment’s on-going commitment to high quality and innovative research has been recognised with a high ranking in the last two UK Government Research Assessment Exercises (RAE). We are one of only seven built environment Schools in the UK, and the only one in Scotland to receive an RAE Grade 5 rating in both 1996 and 2001. With a high proportion of the staff research-active, researchers and postgraduate students benefit from access to extensive laboratory and computing facilities. These include:

        • acoustic reverberant, anechoic and sound transmission facilities
        • thermal transmission facilities
        • drainage network testing facilities
        • siphonic roof drainage testing facilities
        • building services laboratory
        • materials testing facilities
        • UK’s third largest dry gas wind tunnel and a rotating house used for wind and lighting studies
        • a 12m by 12.4m wave basin with a depth of 3m (and a 5m deep pit)
        • full-scale testing rigs for offshore pipelines
        • well-equipped structures, soils and geomaterials laboratories
        • laser measurement of fluid flow
        • a well-equipped hydraulics laboratory with two sediment transport flumes
        • corrosion monitoring facilities
        • workstations for modelling large scale structural, geotechnical and hydrodynamic behaviour
        • GIS computing laboratory

    In addition we have excellent library facilities.

    The table below shows which modules are possible on this course. Core modules are listed as C, and elective modules as E. Four modules are taken in each semester by full time students: this reduces to a maximum of two for part time or distance learning students. Remember that six modules are required for the PG Certificate, eight modules for the Diploma and M.Sc.
    Air Conditioning    

    Asset Maint. Management    


    Energy Studies    


    People & Organisational Management    

    Project Management Theory & Practice    
    Service Procurement & Provision (FM I)    

    Space Planning & Management (FM II)    

    Sustainable Practices for FM    

    Thermofluids 1    

    Thermofluids 2    

    Value & Risk Management

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