Facilities Management
Graduate Certificate

Facilities Management blends the technical demands of building services with managerial responsibilities. It ensures the efficient functioning of buildings through integrating people, space, processes and technology.

This course builds on your technical qualifications through the addition of strategic management principles that drive high‑performance buildings. You will learn to align building operations with organizational priorities and how building services and sustainable approaches produce value.

Why choose this course?

This course is aimed at ambitious individuals involved in, or seeking to make the transition into, the management of business premises.

Modes of study

Graduate certificates require two semesters of part-time study. Part‑time study is available for Australian citizens and permanent residents.

Further study

Students who complete the Graduate Certificate of Facilities Management with a weighted average mark of 70 throughout their study may upgrade to the diploma or master’s degree in High-Performance Buildings, for which credit will be granted for completed units of study.

Indicative Course

    First Year

    Semester One

  • This unit aims to explore the scientific concepts of heat, light and sound, and from this develops foundational principles and methods applicable to buildings. It is divided into five topics: climate and resources: thermal environment: building services: lighting; and acoustics.

    Students will gain an understanding of the terminology, physical values and metrics in each of these topics, and how they apply to the design and function of buildings. Theoretical models to predict key physical values in buildings are presented and used in assessments. Learning is supported by measurement exercises.

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  • Property and physical infrastructure are essential elements of business operations and organisational functions.

    This unit of study will examine the key issues in built assets and facilities management (FM), and how they relate to strategic management within the context of high performance buildings.

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    First Year

    Semester Two

  • Operational Facilities Management is a service industry concerned with the day-to-day operations required to run an organisation's facilities.

    Primarily facility operation has to satisfy the user organisation's statutory responsibilities. Beyond that, whilst some major costs (such as Rates, Land Taxes, Insurance premiums etc.) are fixed, other costs are amenable to management.

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  • Investors associated with the property industry require at the outset Return On Investment (ROI) evaluations before committing capital.

    This unit of study examines the economic principles as they apply to buildings, from capital growth and life cycle management perspectives.

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Student Profiles

    Bibiana Uzabeaga

    Master of Design Science (Sustainable Design and Building Services) 2013.
    Building Operations Supervisor,
    Jones Lang LaSalle

    “The University of Sydney is one of the few universities in Australia that offers a multidisciplinary approach to facilities management, combining industry knowledge from sustainable design and building services.

    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.”

    Kevin Hammond

    Master of Design Science (Building Services).

    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"

Meet Our
Program Director


Professor Richard De Dear

Research Interests

Human thermal comfort

Over the last 31 years, Professor Richard de Dear has built a career in the area of human thermal comfort. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and a dozen books and monographs on the subject. Within that body of research it is his work on the adaptive model of thermal comfort that has had the greatest impact, receiving over a thousand citations within the indoor environmental literature (and earning him an H Index of 19).

De Dear's adaptive model underpins the American Society of Heating and the Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers thermal comfort standard, and several other national and international standards/codes are now evolving in similar directions, including most recently the Netherlands and CEN.

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