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What will I learn?

Programme Aims

Facility management has developed rapidly over the past few decades, initially in North America and the UK, and more recently in Europe, Australia and Asia. The development of facility management education and training has been driven primarily by demand at the postgraduate level, drawing from a broad base of existing professional disciplines ranging from those involved with engineering-based building services to those related to property management and space planning. Facility management as a discipline is grounded in the field of management, with a clear understanding of the nature and demands of an organisation's core business requirements.

The role of the facility manager is increasingly recognised as critical in supporting the realisation of business plans through the careful alignment of an organisation's physical asset with the appropriate sourcing of facility support services. To be effective, a facility manager must have broad knowledge of all of the elements that affect the efficient performance of buildings, appropriate policies, management processes and the people who work in them.


This programme is structured with a view to achieving a balance between theory and practice:

  • To provide facility management professionals with opportunities to critically review and update their knowledge and skills in the management of people, property and technology;
  • To integrate facility management practice with the efficient and effective management of business resources;
  • To apply innovative methods and procedures in the practice of facility management; and
  • To bring into focus and develop appropriate action plans for the managers and operators of facilities to deal with workplace issues in a dynamic business environment.

Recognition & Prospects

This programme is recognised by the Hong Kong Institute of Facility Management (HKIFM), the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

It is also accredited by the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) as suitable further learning to meet the academic requirement for CEng registration.


Programme Structure

This programme has a credit-based structure that allows a flexible study mode leading to professional recognition in Hong Kong, North America and the UK.

Students must complete 10 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 3 other Core Subjects) OR 7 subjects (including 4 Compulsory Core Subjects and at least 2 other Core Subjects) plus a Facility Management Dissertation (9 credits).

Core Areas of Study

The following is a brief summary of the core areas of study. Students will be provided with detailed information on the subjects available upon registration.

Facility Management: Professional Practice
Strategic Facility Planning and Asset Management
Research Project
Economics for Facility Management
Maintenance Management of Built Assets
Facilities Support Services Management
Energy Efficient Buildings
Sustainability and the Built Environment
Legal Aspects of Facility Management
Occupational Health and Ergonomics

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
HK$159,000.00 (16,08,498) per year
HK $5,300 per credit
Application deadline

Expected April 2023

More details

Start date

Expected September 2022


Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

ZS1201, 12/F, South Tower, Block Z,

Hung Hom,

Kowloon City, Hong Kong, Kowloon

Entry requirements

For students from United States

To register for the degree of MPhil, a student shall hold: A Bachelor’s degree with first or second class honours of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University or a recognized university; or other academic qualifications which are deemed to be equivalent. PolyU may accept other equivalent qualifications. The decision is made on an individual basis. The requirements for those who do not have a degree for which English was the language of instruction at a recognized university are: An overall score of at least 6.5 (with score for the writing component at 6.0 or above) in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS); or A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 or above for the Internet-based test (with a writing score of 23 or above) or 550 or above for the paper-based test (with a score of 4 or above in the Test of Written English). All English language test scores are considered valid for five years after the date of the test.

For international students

A Bachelor's degree with Honours in architecture, interior design, construction, building surveying, estate management, property/facility management, building services engineering, business or the equivalent; or

A professional qualification, plus relevant professional experience that is related to the building industry or property/facility management, e.g. full membership of the HKIE, HKIS, HKIA, CIBSE, CIOB, RICS, CIH, BIFM, HKIFM or CFM(IFMA).

Candidates who have substantial experience in facility management-related areas, but who lack formal academic qualifications, may be admitted to the programme subject to an interview and/or a review of their experience. In considering such candidates, PolyU will decide whether their experience can be deemed equivalent to an Honours degree awarded by a recognised university.

If you are not a native speaker of English, and your Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification is awarded by institutions where the medium of instruction is not English, you are expected to fulfil the following minimum English language requirement for admission purpose, unless otherwise specified by individual programmes concerned:

A Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 80 for the Internet-based test or 550 for the paper-based test;
An overall Band Score of at least 6 in the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).


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