Course content

We see buildings as a strategic asset and part of the value chain of integrated facility management. The unique two-year Master degree programme at Saxion – in collaboration with the University of Greenwich – takes this as its basis. The English-language MSc in Facility and Real Estate Management enables you to support complex projects at an academic level. The degree programme is fully aligned with the professional field and is constantly updated to reflect recent academic insights.

Your Master of Science in one year 

The programme will be delivered in Deventer. It will commence with an introduction at the beginning of September, part of which will involve developing the academic approach needed to complete the programme. Towards the end of the year, you will work individually on your Master Thesis. The language of instruction is English, as are the literature and references used.

In this single year we take you on a journey of nine modules and teach you in breadth and in depth about how to integrate Facility, Real Estate, and Asset Management. You finish the programme with a Master Thesis. The nine modules are:

Driving your professional and academic development
This module prepares the student for working on master's level, by offering tools and techniques for professional and academic development. The module includes a broad range of topics, such as personal leadership, reflective skills, ethical considerations and critical thinking. As professional development is an ongoing process, the module will be positioned throughout the year.

Investment & Valuation
In this module, the student learns the ins and outs of appraisal methods and financial ratios used to assess the performance of asset classes and asset portfolios. The module highlights international differences in appraisal techniques and the availability and validity of data sources. Finally, the student learns how to apply ESG-reporting standards. 

Strategic Sourcing
In this module, the student learns to develop a strategic sourcing strategy for soft services, including the procurement process, contract management and supplier relationship management

Workplace strategy
Workplace managers must constantly cope with the changing needs of building users and other stakeholders. The work environment serves many purposes. However, its primary function is to support users’ productivity. This module focuses on the functionality of the work environment (the end-user perspective), drawing on one's skills to analyse complex issues regarding the work environment or building with multiple stakeholders. The analysis and prototyping are based on service design methods.

Data driven FREAM
In this module, the student learns how to get value out of data, for example for smart cities, buildings and other digital developments. The module explores all important data related topics for the Facility & Real Estate Manager such as data sets, data gathering, data value chain, data quality, data analysis, data analytics, data tools and techniques, and ethical concerns around use of data. 

Sustainable Building/Portfolio Management
In this module, the student will learn to appraise the performance of a building or building portfolio from an owner/user and an investor's perspective. Through comparing, the student gains insights into the differences between corporate real estate management (CREM) and commercial real estate management (REM) when dealing with greening the building or building portfolio. The student learns how to develop value cases to balance strategic, functional, financial and environmental value.  

Leading change in FREAM
In this module, the student acquires the skills to advise on FREAM related interventions by means of a value case and a change management strategy and implementation plan. This module takes a holistic approach to value and considers sustainability as a key criterion.

Where worlds meet: Integrated FREAM
In this module, the student experiences the interrelatedness of the domains of AM, RE and FM. The strategies and appraisals of all fields are put into an integrative perspective in a game-based setting, integrating the organisational context and global business perspective.

Academic research skills
In this module the student acquires appropriate knowledge of research methods which is essential for successfully completing the master thesis.

Master Thesis
The master thesis is the principal component that characterises a master course and allows students to research a relevant topic beyond the boundaries of the content taught in the modules. As the final element in the master programme, the thesis demonstrates a students’ expertise in a chosen research area, enhancing specialisation within the broad FREAM-field.    

During the education you also have the option of taking an academic English writing course. During the meetings you will be trained in written language skills, in line with the different types of written exams (such as a paper, essay, report) and you will receive feedback in order to improve your writing towards an academic level.

In addition the programme offers an annual study trip to the University of London. The activities, company visits and lectures during the study trip are aligned with the module content in that specific term.  

The costs for this course and study trip are additional to the annual costs of the programme.

  • Academic English writing course: € 119
  • Study trip to  University of Greenwich in London: travel and accommodation costs not included.  

Two Master Degrees

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will receive two Master degrees (double degree):

  • The professional Master degree in Facility and Real Estate Management from Saxion (MSc).

  • The British Master of Science degree in Facility and Real Estate Management from the University of Greenwich (MSc).

We also offer stand-alone modules for professionals looking to develop and delve deeper into facility and real estate.

Degree programme structure

The programme lasts for twelve months and comprises nine modules followed by a Master Thesis:

  • Driving your professional and academic development (5 ECTS)
  • Investment & Valuation (5 ECTS)
  • Strategic Sourcing (5 ECTS)
  • Workplace strategy (5 ECTS)
  • Data driven FREAM (5 ECTS)
  • Sustainable Building/Portfolio Management (5 ECTS)
  • Leading change in FREAM (5 ECTS)
  • Where worlds meet: Integrated FREAM (5 ECTS)
  • Academic skills (5 ECTS)
  • Master Thesis (15 ECTS)

Master of Science (Double degree)

This Saxion NVAO-accredited programme is validated by the University of Greenwich in London (UK).