Master in Facility and Real Estate Management


Program Description

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. We will pay regard to strategic real estate planning. Furthermore 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 zoom in on themes as (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 (organisation of) supporting processes can contribute to organisational goals in a balanced way. You will also discover and strengthen your own (personal) leadership in an innovative and challenging way. You will formulate a vision on your leadership style and present it to the group.

Strategic Asset Management

Within Strategic Asset Management we will analyse 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 (under specific market conditions and real estate portfolio). At the same time, 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 analyse 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. You will learn, among other things, how to develop plans and research questions and hypotheses 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. This allows 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!

London study trip

Early December you will go on a study trip to our partner university, the University of Greenwich in London. Here you will follow a master class and workshops. We will also visit the most innovative development, facility and real estate concepts in London. The tours will definitely give you lots of inspiration. The study trip is included in the tuition fees.

Open Days

The best way to check if our master is a good match for you is to come and visit us – you are always more than welcome to! The open days are fully in English and you have several options and days to enjoy (online and on campus). Check out what suits you and feel free to register on our website. We look forward to meeting you there!

Unable to make it to the Netherlands, but still keen to see and hear a bit more? Our Linkedin, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, and website have some great photos, videos and our virtual tour giving you a taster as well. Go explore!

And of course don’t hesitate get in touch if you would like to hear some personal experiences from our international students.

Admission & Selection

The Master of Facility & Real Estate Management is a selected entry programme in which we accept approximately 15 students per year. The Master has one intake per year, in September.

Applications for the Master are accepted all year round, however, we advise International applicants who need a visa to apply before the 1st of June and EU students to apply before the 1st of July to ensure their application can be processed in time prior to the start of the programme.

Applicants will not be required to pay an application fee and can have their diplomas assessed free of charge by our Admission Office.

Each candidate is required to apply through Studielink and upload the following documents to be considered for the Selection Procedure:

  • A copy of diploma and transcript of a 3 year/180 credit relevant Bachelor degree in Facility Management, Real Estate, International Business, Business Administration, Hotel Management, Hospitality Management, Built Environment or another 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 from the English language requirement, you will be able to discuss this with the Selection board during the intake interview).
  • Copy of your passport.
  • CV
  • Motivation letter.

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.

Cost & scholarships

For an overview of the cost of this master, please visit our website. Please note there are no scholarships available for this master. 

Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

Zuyd is a regional institution of higher education, which aims at the development and transfer of high-quality and practically-oriented knowledge, for the development of professions and our region. Th ... Read More

Zuyd is a regional institution of higher education, which aims at the development and transfer of high-quality and practically-oriented knowledge, for the development of professions and our region. The employees of Zuyd contribute to the personal development of people during their entire professional careers. We believe that every individual has unique talents and we want to assist in the full development of these talents. In our method of working we connect education, research and the environment. Read less