Master of Science in Facility Management

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften - Departement Life Sciences und Facility Management
City, country:
Wädenswil, Zurich area, Switzerland
Fulltime and parttime
M.Sc. (Master of Science)
3 semester(s)


The Master of Science (MSc) in Facility Management (FM) deals with methodological, technical and managerial issues in FM. The consecutive Master's degree programme builds on the Bachelor's degree in Facility Management and enables students to deepen their scientific understanding and provides a practical awareness of this interdisciplinary management field.

Master's students become expert at bridging the gap between theory and practice through dealing with scientific issues, becoming familiar with the latest international research literature, and completing complex projects professionally. They are thus optimally prepared for the challenges of their future leadership roles.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Antje Junghans Institute Director

Job description and job opportunities

A Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management provides students with a nationally and internationally recognized degree.

They develop their ability to cope with complexity and develop their scientific skills. Internationally oriented organisations increasingly expect a Master's degree as an entrance qualification for leadership positions. Growing cost pressures and the need to increase productivity mean that expert Facility Managers are in demand, not only in the private sector, but also in public institutions.

Master's graduates thus have various professional and managerial opportunities, for example:

Professional and management positions working for
  • large corporations
  • general contractors
  • FM/Total Service Providers...
Other opportunities
  • Teaching and research and development at higher education institutes
  • Independent development of new business areas (consulting, development, services)
  • Specialised functions such as portfolio management
  • Consultancy


1 Module Scientific methods and business skills
  • Scientific theory and methods I and II
  • Business skills
  • Systems engineering and Project management
  • Leadership in Change management
2 Module FM processes
  • Introduction to FM and sustainability
  • Managing Property
  • Managing Services
  • Managing Workplace
  • Case study I – research project I
3 Module Understanding Organisations
  • External influences on FM
  • Internal influences on FM
  • Case study II – research project II
4 Module International FM and specific FM Aspects
  • International FM
  • A course suited to the individual's area of specialisation is selected from a choice of electives.

Practical relevance

In all three semesters scientific knowledge and methods are taught in order to promote action-oriented problem-solving skills. This practice- and project-oriented training promotes transdisciplinary and holistic thinking in FM.

Intensive collaboration with partners from the field and with public authorities ensures that the Master's degree programme provides a sound preparation for the world of work.

Admission/Entrance requirements

Building on the Bachelor's degree in Facility Management, a Master's degree offers students the opportunity to deepen their knowledge. Excellence is sought at master’s level. Thus, an above-average university degree and / or additional evidence of achievement is expected.

The Master's programme is intended primarily for graduates with a professional degree in Facility Management at Bachelor's level.

Students with a different qualification, for example in the fields of business administration, hospitality management, civil engineering, building services engineering, architecture or other FM – related studies, who can provide proof of the required entry competences will be admitted to the Master's degree programme.

The lectures will mainly be held in English. English is the language of all scripts and documentation. Knowledge of English (level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Languages proficiency scale) is therefore essential for successful study. Students can choose individually whether to write their assignments in German or English.

Application process
If all the criteria are met, applicants attend an interview to assess their suitability for the study program and for a career in Facility Management.


once only

  • Registration for admissions procedure CHF 100.-
  • Enrolment fee CHF 100.-
per semester
  • Semester fee CHF 720.-
  • Additional semester fee payable by students
    legally domiciled outside Switzerland CHF 500.-
  • Contribution to ASVZ sports program CHF 25.-
  • Contribution to the student organisation VSZHAW CHF 12.-

Languages and semester abroad

Sprache verpflichtend:
Sprache freiwillig bzw. Wahlfach:
semester abroad:
not possible

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The ZHAW is one of the leading Swiss universities of applied sciences. She is active in teaching, research, training and service - practical and scientifically sound.

Around 1,500 students are currently enrolled at the School of Life Sciences and Facility Management, which has more than 600 employees. We offer five Bachelor's and three Master's degree programmes, together with a wide range of continuing education courses. Our expertise in life sciences and facility management in the areas of the environment, food and health enables us to make a vital contribution to solving social challenges and improving quality of life. Our success is based on five dynamic institutes with extensive competence in research, development and services in the disciplines of chemistry and biotechnology, food and beverage innovation, natural resource sciences, applied simulation and facility management.

Studying in Wädenswil

To make sure that studying is not just about learning, but also includes some fun and enjoyment, the ZHAW and its partner organisations provide music, sports, pubs, and parties. We also support you in your everyday concerns, including finding accommodation, where to eat out, childcare and counselling.

Attractive activities for students, some of which may earn you ECTS credits towards your qualification, include the alpha-cappella choir (in Winterthur) and the HSW Choir (Waedenswil).


Course guidance/Information

ZHAW Zürcher Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften - Departement Life Sciences und Facility Management

Grüentalstrasse 14, Postfach
8820 Wädenswil