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. Modules will be taught on Thursdays and Fridays. Towards the end of the period, you will work individually on your master thesis. The language of instruction is English, as are the literature and references used.

  • Strategic Business Management
    This module looks at the most important management theories and strategies. You will discuss the impact on the primary and supporting processes within organisations. You will learn how these processes can contribute to the objectives of an organisation.
  • Strategic Building Management
    In this module you will cover the entire life cycle of a building; from the organisation's real estate strategies, to building performance evaluation and performance optimisation.
  • Strategic Asset Management
    How can you improve the portfolio from a financial perspective? You will base your analysis on the capital market, investment climate, financial reports, and portfolio performance.
  • Strategic Facility Management
    Alignment of the organisational strategy and facility strategy are central. The organisational strategy and stakeholder interests will be used to determine the value that can be added by the facility business in order to arrive at a value proposition that can be used to help make make-or-buy decisions and develop an appropriate structure.
  • Academic skills
    In this module you develop your academic skills. Key aspects include argumentation of ideas, critical reflection, evaluation of sources and in-depth knowledge of research methods. The lectures provide you the necessary support in writing your research proposal for the Master Thesis.
  • The Master Thesis
    The Master Thesis is the final piece of work to finish the programme. The thesis enables you to specialize into a theme or complex real-life problem within the discipline of facility and real estate management.

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: €150,-
  • 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 five modules followed by a Master thesis:

  • Strategic Business Management (8 ECTS)

  • Strategic Building Management (8 ECTS)

  • Strategic Asset Management (8 ECTS)

  • Strategic Facility Management (8 ECTS)

  • Academic skills (8 ECTS)

  • Master thesis (20 ECTS)

Master of Science (Double degree)

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