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The Institute for Facility Management (IFM) at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) is the only university in Switzerland to offer a Master of Science in Facility Management. The course builds on the Bachelor of Science in Facility Management but is also open to applicants with degrees in FM-related subjects such as architecture, construction engineering, business management, building services engineering or hospitality. The Master of Science (MSc) in Facility Management deals with methodological, technological and managerial issues in FM. It enables students to deepen their scientific understanding and provides a practical awareness of this interdisciplinary management field. Master’s students become experts at bridging the gap between theory and practice through dealing with scientific issues and becoming familiar with the latest international research literature. They are thus optimally prepared for the challenges of their future leadership roles.

The study programme carries 90 ECTS points. It is divided into the following module blocks: Managerial Skills, Strategic Management, Strategic Planning of Facilities and Services, FM Integrated, Applied Research Projects and Research Skills. 18 ECTS points are awarded for the Master’s Thesis. The Master’s programme at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences and Arts ZFH concludes with the internationally recognised title Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management.

Job description and job opportunities

A Master of Science ZFH in Facility Management provides students with a nationally and internationally recognised degree. They develop the ability to cope with complexity and build 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 a variety of professional and managerial opportunities available to them, e.g. working for large corporations such as FM/total service providers, financial services, construction companies and real estate management. Other professional and management positions are found in health care, public services, industry, teaching, research and development at institutes of higher education, independent development of new business areas (consulting, development, services), as well as in specialised functions such as portfolio management and consultancy.


Managerial Skills

  • Managerial Finance and Accounting
  • Change Leadership
  • Systems Engineering and Project Management

Strategic Management

  • Business Environment
  • FM Environment
  • Business Processes and Value Management
  • International FM

Strategic Planning of Facilities and Services

  • Real Estate Strategy and Innovation
  • Service Strategy and Innovation
  • Workplace Strategy and Innovation

FM Integrated

  • Advanced FM
  • Case Study I
  • Case Study II

Applied Research Project

  • Research Lab 1
  • Elective 1
  • Research Lab 2
  • Elective 2
  • Research Lab 3
  • Elective 3
  • Conference

Research Skills

  • Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Specific Research Skills

Master’s Thesis

  • Master’s Thesis Research Plan
  • Master’s Thesis

Admission requirements

Graduates with a degree in Facility Management at Bachelor’s level or FM-related studies, for example in the fields of business administration, hospitality management, civil engineering, building services engineering, architecture.


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 may be admitted if they have acquired the necessary competences.


All lectures are held in English. Students can choose individually whether to write their Master’s Thesis in German or English.


The tuition fee is CHF 720 per semester. An additional semester fee of CHF 500 is payable by students legally domiciled outside Switzerland.

Application and start of the programme:

Registration deadline is April 30; the programme begins in September each year.

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ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) is one of the leading universities of applied sciences in Switzerland. Teaching, research, continuing education, consulting and other services are scientifically-based and practiceoriented. The ZHAW is composed of eight Schools at three locations (Waedenswil, Winterthur, Zurich). Currently, about 11,000 students are enrolled at the ZHAW.

The School of Life Sciences und Facility Management (LSFM) is located in Waedenswil on the southern end of Lake Zurich. About 1,500 students are currently attending the five Bachelor’s degree programmes in Biotechnology, Chemistry, Food Technology, Natural Resource Sciences and Facility Management and the two Master’s degree programmes in Life Sciences and Facility Management as well as the wide range of continuing education courses available.


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

Grüentalstrasse 14, Postfach
8820 Wädenswil

Tel.: +41 (0) 58 934 59 61