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Course content

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.

Integrated MBA study with specialist facilities management modules

To be a successful leader, you need to understand, implement and integrate the current fundamental concepts of management, and have insights from differing professional perspectives. You gain this knowledge on our course by studying core MBA subjects within four integrated modules.

Completing an integrated module means that instead of studying a topic such as finance in isolation, you study finance together with marketing and decision making. Our approach replicates the real world where strategic decisions span multiple business areas, providing you with a richer and more realistic learning experience.

The core MBA modules are complemented by a range of specialist facilities management modules such as • delivering strategic facilities management • strategic property asset management • strategic project management.

This supports the development of your leadership and management skills. By transferring what you learn from the course, you can raise the profile of facilities management and the contribution it makes to the effectiveness of your organisation.

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.

You also complete a dissertation/consultancy project that involves investigating a current major issue from within your organisation.

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.

You enhance your leadership skills by encountering and managing varying, often competing, perspectives on management issues. Case studies enable you to practice and assess the impact of real-time decision making, embedding and demonstrating the skills you need during your career.

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.

Multi-professional learning community

When you study an Executive MBA at Sheffield Hallam University you join a learning community of managers and leaders from across a range of professions and industry backgrounds. This provides you with excellent networking opportunities and you can benefit from seeing different perspectives and solutions to managerial challenges.

Critical self-awareness

At the diploma stage of the course, you have the opportunity to complete psychometric testing, which can help you increase your critical self-awareness, better understand your skills and identify areas for development.

Professional recognition

This course is fully accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). It is also accredited by the Chartered Management Institute and successful graduates gain Chartered Manager status (subject to application).

This course is accredited by the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Successful completion of the MBA gives you the formal professional certified membership (CBIFM).

We are a recognised British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) centre and we offer a Postgraduate Certificate with a level 7 BIFM Diploma in Facilities Management.

Course structure

Three years – university-based study blocks

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

  • year one – four modules
  • year two – three modules plus work-based project
  • year three – one module plus dissertation or consultancy project

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.

Year one modules

  • delivering strategic facilities management
  • strategic project management
  • strategic property asset management
  • leadership, partnership and change within facilities management

Year two modules

  • strategic marketing management and decision making
  • managing strategy
  • developing personal and professional leadership practice
  • strategic global human resource management and decision-making

Year three modules

  • research and consultancy methods
  • dissertation or consultancy project


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


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 progress more rapidly up the career ladder in areas such as property and premises management, estate management, facilities and general management.

Completing the Executive MBA enhances your employability by demonstrating your potential for leadership within facilities management, and the ability to deliver solutions to complex operational issues, within an increasingly business-focused and competitive environment.

Our MBAs are highly valued by employers and previous graduates have gone on to develop successful careers in senior management.

Visit the Executive MBA (Facilities Management) page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!




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