Facilities Management blends the operational demands of a building with managerial responsibilities. Your Facilities Management studies are embedded within the widest array of building services and architectural science subjects, giving you an unrivalled strategic understanding of all aspects of building administration.
This course builds on your qualifications and experience through the addition of strategic management principles that drive high-performance buildings. You will learn to align building operations with organisational priorities and how building services and sustainable approaches produce value. This is supplemented with industry interfaces and practical case studies.
The course utilises experts from the industry to keep participants abreast of the latest technologies such as Building Information Management (BIM).
This research-led program is backed not only by the best of managerial decision making, but also by the science of building services. The program uses the Faculty’s extensive facilities, including the only Indoor Environmental Quality laboratory in the southern hemisphere. This facilities management program is the only one of its kind to offer this integrated, empirical approach.
This program can be taken as a Graduate Certificate (six months full time), Graduate Diploma (one year full time) or Master degree (one and a half years full time). Part time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents, and must be completed within the maximum limits of 6 years for Masters, 4 years for Diploma and 3 years for Graduate Certificates.
This program can also be taken as double stream Master degree in combination with another Design Science Program. To undertake a double degree, the core units from the secondary degree are taken as the electives in the primary degree. Please see the Faculty Handbook for enrolment advice for secondry stream structure.
Individual units can also be taken as Continuing Professional Development short courses without enrolling into a degree.
Many Design Science units are taught as ‘block-mode’ intensive classes, delivered over four to six full days, of which some fall on weekends to accommodate full-time working students. Some units however may be delivered in weekly lecture format. Please refer to the current timetable or Faculty Handbook to explore the delivery method of you chosen subjects. Students may apply to upgrade at the completion of their program from the Graduate Certificate, through to the Diploma and then to the Masters by maintaining a credit average over the course of study.
Masters and Diploma students may also opt to graduate with a lower level of certification once the required units are complete.
The Maximum Credit that can be applied from previous study towards this degree is as follows: Masters | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Diploma | 18 credit points (12 towards core only) Graduate Certificate | 18 credit points
I had been recommended to study Facilities Management by two colleagues who also manage property for independent schools. I met with Sydney Uni representatives at a Facilities expo last year. From there I was able to devise a plan with my employer to balance work and study commitments.
I entered into my current role as Facilities Manager of the Illawarra Grammar School, Wollongong sixteen years ago from a construction background. Gaining support from my employer to study concurrently will full time employment, I completed one unit of study per semester. This complemented the demands of my role comfortably.
Being the manager of a small to medium sized facility such as a school, it is easy to fall into the mindset that you are on your own and must fix it all. This can make you feel quite isolated. Making time to step outside of your day-to-day responsibilities and sit in lectures, you join in discussions that encourage and empower you.
Managing a facility occupied by 1300 people each day – most of them children aged from 3 to 18 years – is an immense responsibility. Safety is always the primary concern and this imperative needs to be carefully managed and communicated to mitigate risk.
Facilities Management lectures are the most stimulating learning experience I’ve had in recent times. Studying in the Faculty also provides a fantastic opportunity to network with others involved in the field.
There were many reasons why I decided to study at the University of Sydney, and I am very glad I did. Being one of the few universities in Australia that offers programs of study in Facilities Management, Sydney University offers students the opportunity to combine industry knowledge from Sustainable Design and Building Services to inform their learning. This multi-disciplinary approach is extremely valuable to a Facilities Manager, whose daily tasks may span a wide range of duties and concerns.
The Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning offers a flexible timetable with block mode classes. As a mother of two young children, this was a great advantage to me. I could study full time and keep my family and work commitments. In my final year of study, I acquired an internship with international real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle, in the Property and Asset Management division. Guest lectures by industry experts while at uni helped me pick up skills required for the role very quickly.
Sydney Uni also offers different levels of accreditation from graduate certificates to double Master degrees. I have received excellent support and guidance from Faculty staff while undertaking my study. I am proud to say that I was molded as a professional at this University. My double Masters degree has provided me with invaluable opportunities to meet people from the industry, and expand my professional portfolio.
I have something of a varied background. Over the last decade I’ve divided my time between occupational health and safety and the development, sales and marketing of a computerised maintenance management package – rexisoft.
I’ve always been a very ‘hands on’ kind of person. While experience is valued, having a formal qualification can really help. This degree was a particularly good fit with my maintenance package business. It has allowed me to meet industry practitioners, both as fellow students and lecturers to flesh out theory and confirm industry best practise. I have been able to use what I have learned to improve my product.
Gaining this degree not only provides credibility for me, but also for my product.
The highlight of the degree has definitely been the people. I have been in groups that have been great. I am working with people who want to know more and are willing to put in the effort. The discussion has been energetic and the debate stimulating. I’ve been learning in a collaborative environment which makes it all the more interesting.
Master and Graduate Diploma applicants should hold a bachelor degree. Graduate Certificate applicants should hold a bachelor degree or possess experience which is considered to demonstrate the knowledge and aptitude required to undertake the course.
The Australian Institute of Building (AIB) has accepted graduates of the Masters program for corporate membership as Chartered Building Professionals if possessing the requisite professional experience. The Australian Institute of Building NSW Chapter Medal in Building is awarded annually to an outstanding graduate from the Masters program. Similarly, we have applied for accreditation with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (FM).
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