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Course content

The Sheffield Hallam Postgraduate Certificate in Business Administration (Facilities Management) is designed for estates and facilities managers who want to improve their skills, leadership, knowledge and experience to advance their career into senior management. On successful completion of this course you receive the British Institute for Facilities Management (BIFM) level 7 Diploma.

  • Study specialist facilities management modules
  • Apply the latest academic learning to the real issues and challenges your organisation faces during work-based projects.
  • Learn from peers who are facilities management leaders from a range of organisations – who can provide new insights, perspectives and networking opportunities.
  • Provides a route to the executive MBA in facilities management

This unique course focuses on developing leading edge knowledge and skill sets, improving your ability to successfully lead and manage organisations in an ever changing and increasingly competitive environment. It meets the needs of people who manage in-sourced or out-sourced facilities for their own organisation or provide facilities management services to other organisations.

The philosophy behind the course is that in any organisation facilities management is a distinct discipline that supports the core business relationship between people, process and place.

Projects tailored to your organisation's needs

We tailor assignments and projects to the needs of your organisation or your own areas of interest, which maximises the value of your studies. Your organisation also has the opportunity to provide input into your learning and contribute to your development.

Applied learning through case studies

As you progress through the course you apply your learning by problem-solving real or simulated case studies. This helps you to identify and deal with links and tensions between different areas of an organisation.

Flexible course design

The course is designed to be flexible so that you can work comfortably with your existing commitments. We use university-based block study with self managed study time, so you can easily complete the course from anywhere within the UK or overseas. You can also study modules as and when it is suits you, enabling you to progress at a pace that meets your needs.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Successful completion of the course gives you the formal professional certified membership (CBIFM) and, as a recognised British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre, also gives you a level 7 BIFM Diploma in Facilities Management.

Course structure

One year university-based study blocks

This course contains four modules that must be completed to achieve the Postgraduate Certificate and the BIFM Level 7 Diploma. On successul completion of these four modules, you may wish to consider transferring to the Executive MBA in Facilities Management (the modules represent the first year of the Executive MBA).

Each module involves a three-day study block and self-managed study time.

This flexible attendance means that the course has minimal impact on your work or personal time and you can be based anywhere in the UK or overseas.

Starts October, although students can enter the course in January, April and June dependent on student numbers.

Core modules:

  • Delivering strategic facilities management

This module provides an essential and critical perspective of facilities management as a profession, covering facilities management theories, models and practice.

  • Strategic project management

The module develops your critical understanding of strategic project management. It develops your knowledge of project management processes coupled with the ability to apply project management concepts in the life cycle of projects. It provides insights into contractual issue in relation to projects, including management of the contracting process and contract performance.

  • Strategic property asset management

The module develops your critical understanding of the management of property assets and provide insights in to the ways property can have a significant impact on the overall performance of the organisation. Modern drivers of change such as globalisation, technology and innovation in work practices will be analysed and explored. It will encourage critical reflection on the importance of alignment between property and organisational strategy.

  • Leadership, partnership and change within FM

Facilities management professionals are operating in a complex and rapidly changing business environment which is increasingly reliant upon the effective collaboration and communication with a range of professionals in the private, not for profit and public sectors. Within this context, the module develops your knowledge of the complexity of leadership and change, through real world diagnosis and application, and awareness of the diverse spectrum of related concepts, models and theories.

Assessment

Modules are assessed through portfolios which may be made up from a number of tasks.

Employability

If you are employed in estates or facilities management this qualification equips you with the knowledge and skills to improve your performance in your present job and helps you to progress more rapidly up the career ladder in areas such as property and premises management, facilities and general management.

This course is accredited by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Successful completion of the course gives you the formal professional certified membership (CBIFM) and, as a recognised British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre, also gives you a level 7 BIFM Diploma in Facilities Management.


Visit the Business Administration (Facilities Management) PgCert page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

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