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Master in Facility and Real Estate Management

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
12 months
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
01 September 2021
Application deadline: 01 July 2021
Virtual open day

Program description

Are you ready for a challenge? Then follow the master Facility and Real Estate Management (FREM) at the Hotel Management School Maastricht. The integration of two worlds (Facility and Real Estate Management) shows you the dynamics between hospitality, services, management and buildings from a whole new perspective.

Become part of an international and dynamic group of students who are coached by passionate experts and academics. They will help you to reach your full potential. You will be challenged to excel. You can look forward to interesting cases, pitches, group discussions and assignments. After only 1 year you will receive a double masters degree. The one-year course is entirely in English.

What will you learn?
Do you see yourself creating workplaces where employees can thrive? Or come up with a sustainable solution for the re-development of a building? There are lots of branches where you can work with a master in Facility and Real Estate Management. The opportunities are practically endless! We will prepare you for the most diverse and challenging positions so you can thrive in your future career.

The master Facility and Real Estate Management will challenge you academically in a variety of different disciplines. Our students are emerging as the new generation of FREM leaders. Graduates are true ‘value enablers’ in the field of Facility and Real Estate Management. They are capable of creating smart, sustainable fit-for-use environments and supporting services. In addition, they take 'hard' and 'soft' services into account in an integrated manner and also have an eye for sustainable solutions.

Strategic Facility Management
The Strategic Facility Management module is all about ‘How do we increase the added value of FREM?’ We will cover the following areas of concern while keeping in mind how we can save on the costs: facilities that are in line with the strategy of the organization, 'the perfect match' between supply and demand, integrated management, insourcing and outsourcing, cooperative with the current market, value-driven purchasing (best value procurement), saving costs and increasing quality.

Strategic Building Management
The Facility and Real Estate Management master also has a Strategic Building Management module. Here the focus will be in strategic real estate planning. Herein, we will zoom in on a specific building and 'measure' the requirements of the users and the performance the building offers. We will compare and define the mismatch and develop a strategy to minimize it. Eventually we will translate the strategy into a tactical plan.

Strategic Business Management
In this module we will develop your knowledge of personal leadership, management, change management, business strategies, cultures (within a country/company), structure, power and politics, human resource management and their impact on primary and supporting processes. You will learn how the supporting processes can contribute to organizational goals in a sustainable way. You will also discover and strengthen your own personal leadership in an innovative and challenging way. You will formulate a vision of your leadership style and present it to the group.

Strategic Asset Management
Within Strategic Asset Management we will analyze the capital market and investment sector from a broader perspective. In view of potential risks, we will investigate the financial structure and performance of real estate assets, within specific market conditions and respective real estate portfolios. Moreover, we will look at the assessment of a property based on market trends, operating data, predicted returns and the value of real estate. You will learn to analyze financial reports on a general level. You will also learn how to handle and judge FREM Planning & Control procedures in an ethical and professional manner.

Academic Skills
During the Academic Skills module you will acquire everything you need to complete your research proposal and thesis successfully. Focusing on, how to develop plans and research questions and how to hypothesize for a research problem.

You will become familiar with the most important trends within the philosophy of science and you will examine various research strategies and methods. Allowing you to analyze and evaluate the work of others. You will be stimulated to become a critical thinker equipped with a good understanding of techniques for qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

With your thesis you will distinguish yourself. At the same time you will push the boundaries of Facility and Real Estate Management. As a critical and independent thinker you will examine a hypothesis within the field of FREM. You will carry out a coherent research project that solves a research problem. This should be supported by international, academic literature. Your thesis contains research questions, hypotheses, research strategies, methods for data collection and analysis and project planning. You will be able to translate all your findings into appropriate conclusions and make valuable recommendations. The final product? Your calling card for the industry!

Admission requirements

Each candidate is required to apply through Studielink and provide the following documents:

  • A copy of diploma and transcript of a 3 year/180 credit relevant Bachelor degreein Facility Management, Real Estate, International Business, Business Administration, Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, Built Environment or other related field of study. (Please note originals will have to be provided prior to the start of the programme)
  • Proficiency in English. As the programme is delivered in English, students have to provide proof of their level of English through an IELTS or TOEFL certificate. The English requirements are: IELTS 6.0 or TOEFL 550, TOEFL 213 Computer-based, 79-80 IBT or Cambridge Advance exam or an alternative certificate of C1 level issued by the University’s academic secretary. (Please note originals will have to be provided prior to the start of the programme) (If you think you are eligible for an exemption of the English language requirement, you will be able to discuss this with the Selection board during the intake interview)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Motivation letter
  • Two reference letters(for example from previous employers or academic staff)

Based on the provided information, the university will make an initial assessment and schedule a personal interview (by webcam if necessary) with the Selection Board. After the interview applicants will be ranked based upon their academic transcripts, level of English, references, motivation letter and performance during the interview.

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Scholarships & funding

Unfortunately there are no scholarships available for this programme. 

Program delivery


Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is € 10,500


Upon graduation students will receive a double MSc. degree in Facility & Real Estate Management from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the University of Greenwich. Globally accredited by the NVAO and QAA.

Career opportunities

With the master Facility and Real Estate Management (FREM) in your pocket, you are one step ahead of those with only a bachelors. This will give you more opportunities to be promoted to managerial positions. Furthermore, you are better qualified for complex projects and functions. It is the combination of facility and real estate that will enable you to guide others.

After the master you will have a holistic view of buildings, services, hospitality and management. You will be able to function as the key person in the strategic and sustainable management of buildings and facilities. You will also be able to offer optimal services and ideal preconditions. Because of this, employees will be able to flourish and will enjoy going to work. A dynamic job as a facility or real estate manager is reserved for you.

International springboard
The master Facility and Real Estate Management is entirely in English. This makes it easy to look for a job in the international market. You are flexible, communicative and culturally sensitive. You don’t experience any problems moving around in an international field. After all, you have learned from your own experience during the master how you can work effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds. With a master's degree in your pocket, your career prospects for leadership positions are much better. Many companies require a master's degree for management positions. Especially companies that are active on a global level.

Double MSc. Diploma
You will graduate with a double MSc. degree from both Zuyd University of Applied Sciences and the University of Greenwich. Accredited in the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, your master is valued everywhere and you can get started anywhere.

Boost your salary!
Did you know that you will earn more with a master's degree? You will also start higher in the salary curve or scale. It might not be the most important thing in life, but it is a nice bonus. The first return after your investment in the Facility and Real Estate Management master!

Dynamic and versatile
Did you know that facility and real estate management is a large industry with a good perspective regarding employment? The field of expertise of facility management and real estate management alone is an industry of up to 73 billion in the Netherlands! This means that there is a lot of opportunity for graduates of this master.
Companies are experiencing increasing pressure to cut costs and increase employee productivity. The demand for skilled FREM managers is high. In both private and public sectors.

You will be able to work in different areas within facility and real estate, but also outside the FREM field. Some examples of where our graduates work:

Large organizations with their own professional facilities company.
Facility management suppliers such as Yask, Hey Day, Johnson control, Hago, etc.
(Government) organizations involved in policy development, challenges, projects, outsourcing issues, vacancy in city centres etc.
Healthcare organizations.
Business consultancy.
Universities that conduct research and teach in the field of FREM.
Facility Management jobs

A few examples of positions of alumni of the master Facility Management and Real Estate management:

Facility manager
Asset Manager (with a real estate or investment company)
Real Estate Developer
Community Developer
Strategic Analyst (at a hotel chain)

Policy: you make the difference!
As a graduate of the master Facility and Real Estate Management you don’t just implement the policy. You work your way up to be at the helm of an organization. You create and plan the policy. Do you imagine yourself in charge of the facility services of a hospital? Manage a team of 400+ people who want the hospital to function optimally and allow patients to have the best possible stay? Or do you dream of a job at Google? One of the most popular companies in the world to work for?

With the master Facility and Real Estate Management you will increase your knowledge and skills. Thus enabling you to develop innovative strategies and to offer competitive services. You will support your users and customers and add real value to an organization. The knowledge gained in change management and leadership are distinctive factors for the successful implementation of new and innovative services. You will know how to empower your team and that's how you are going to make the difference!

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You find Zuyd University of Applied Science in the southernmost part of the Netherlands, wedged between Germany and Belgium. Discover this crossroads of countries, cultures and languages, where an international and vibrant learning environment awaits. The European capitals of Amsterdam,...

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Why study at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Zuyd offers in Maastricht five bachelor and seven master programs that are taught in English. It is an open invitation for you to immerse yourself in a truly international environment, with fellow students from all corners of the world. Experience and celebrate cultural diversity like you’ve never done before, both inside and outside the classroom. You will have the time of your life.

Zuyd’s strengths:

  • Personal and welcoming community
  • Interactive learning in small groups
  • Informal approach of lecturers with first-hand business experience
  • Intensive academic support as part of the education system
  • Modern and fully equipped facilities

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Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Brusselseweg 150
6217 HB Maastricht

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