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Diploma in Facilities Management


Take the first step into a rewarding career

A Diploma in Facilities Management will open the way to a diverse and challenging career.

  • Level

  • Undergraduate, NZQF Level 5
  • Distance learning

  • Available
  • Credits

  • 120
  • Duration

  • 1 year(s) full-time. Available part-time.
  • International

  • Available for international students via distance learning

What is facilities management?

Facilities management is the final step in the design-build-manage cycle of construction. As a facilities manager you’ll oversee the operational management and maintenance of buildings once they’re built to ensure our public spaces and workplaces are safe, healthy, sustainable, and productive. You’ll contribute significantly to the success of an organisation by making sure buildings are fit-for-purpose. That ensures everyone can perform their jobs effectively and efficiently. 

The Diploma in Facilities Management is aimed at school leavers and also at junior level facilities management professionals. For those already in the workforce, it will assist you to underpin your skills and practice with foundational knowledge of a rapidly growing sector.  

What will you learn?

You’ll learn about operational maintenance and management of built facilities. Skills you’ll learn include:

  • facilities management planning
  • asset management
  • health and safety
  • teamwork and communication
  • business and financial skills
  • technology and innovation.

The programme also covers a range of facilities. These include:

  • hospitals
  • commercial office blocks
  • educational institutions
  • industrial buildings
  • key support services.

Research-led learning from industry experts 

Your lecturers are professional experts in the fields of construction, facilities management, architecture, business, engineering, IT and other industries. 

Our lecturers are active in research, ensuring you will be at the cutting edge of this fast-growing industry. 

Flexible study 

The programme is flexible so you can study either on campus or via distance learning. You can also study part time or full time.

Careers and further study


Careers you may progress to after completing this qualification include: 

  • facilities management 
  • project management 
  • asset management 
  • procurement management 
  • advanced building design 
  • building investigations and energy audits 
  • sustainability management 
  • building management 
  • contract management. 

You will be in demand 

There is a strong demand for facilities managers in New Zealand, with many employers saying it’s difficult to find the right person for the job. 

Around 30% of employers who took part in a survey conducted by FMANZ in 2018 said they have sourced candidates from overseas because they couldn’t find the right person for the job in New Zealand. This is due, in part, to the fact no New Zealand university has offered an entry-level qualification in facilities management until now. In the same survey, 62% of facilities managers said they had been headhunted by another company.

Further study

Upon completion of the Diploma in Facilities Management, you may wish to consider the Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management.

Entry requirements

University admission

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Programme admission


There are no specific entry requirements for this programme, outside of university admission regulations.

English language requirements

To study this programme you must meet Massey University's English language standards.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

For information on prior learning, exemptions and transfer of credit or other questions:

If you do not have the entry requirements

English language and foundation courses

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, we have courses and qualifications that may help.

Summer School

If you need to do a course before you start your programme, there may be options for you in Summer School.

Courses and planning

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 120 credits

Courses for this programme

Compulsory Courses

120 credits
115111 Communication Theory and Practice 15
115112 Accounting for Business 15
218102 Construction Technology and Services I 15
218106 Construction Health, Safety and Wellbeing 15
218141 Introduction to Facilities Management 15
218143 Asset Management 15
218146 Facilities Management Planning 15
218147 Workplace Management 15

Planning your programme

Planning overview

If you study full-time, you’ll take 120 credits per year or 60 credits per semester.

The Diploma in Facilities Management is awarded without an endorsement.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

If you complete this programme within the stated time limit and to a high standard, you may be able to graduate with Distinction.

Look for further information under ‘Student Progression’ in the regulations for this programme.

More information

  • Read the regulations for this programme thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Fees and scholarships

Fees and finance

Fees, student loans and free fees scheme

Your tuition fees may be different depending on the courses you choose. Your exact fees will show once you have chosen your courses.

There will also be some compulsory non-tuition fees and for some courses, there may also be charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

Already know which courses you're going to choose?

You can view fees for the courses that make up your qualification on the course details pages.

Student loans (StudyLink) and Fees Free scheme

You may be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

The New Zealand Government offers fees-free tertiary study for eligible domestic students. Find out more about the scheme and your eligibility on the Fees Free website. To use the site's eligibility checking tool, you will need your National Student Number.

Current and returning Massey students can find their National Student Number in the student portal.

A good fit if you:

  • want a career that focuses on creating great spaces for people
  • want to maintain built environments in ways that are innovative
  • care about the wellbeing of building occupants. 

Accreditations and rankings

Facilities Management Association of New Zealand

The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management and Diploma in Facilities Management are affiliated with the Facilities Management Association of New Zealand (FMANZ). Students are eligible for student membership. Upon completion students can apply for one of FMANZ's membership categories.

Key information for students

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Review this important information before you apply for this programme. This gives you full details of the rules and regulations about what you need to study and what you must achieve in order to graduate with this qualification. That includes structure, courses and requirements. These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the below.

Undergraduate programmes

General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

Regulations for this programme

Applying and enrolling

Applying for the programme

Check you are ready

If you are ready to apply, have a look at our application checklist. It will help you get prepared with what you need. Please also check the entry requirements carefully before you apply.

Choose your programme and click on Apply now

You will apply for the programme using the Apply now button on this page. You’ll also choose your specialisation (major, subject or endorsement) if applicable.

Some programmes have additional requirements such as the submission of a portfolio or CV. Click on Apply now and you will be able to submit those documents as part of the application process.

Receive and accept an Admission Offer of Place

You will receive an Admission Offer of Place when you have been accepted into the programme. You need to accept this before you can enrol in your courses. International students also need to pay their fees at this point.

Enrolling in courses

You’ll then get access to your own student homepage (also known as the student portal). This is where you can enrol in courses. Any updates on your application or enrolments will also be on your student homepage. Make sure you check this regularly.

When you choose courses, ensure you check for any requirements that apply including:

  • prerequisites (courses you have to do before the one you are enrolling in)
  • corequisites (courses you have to do at the same time as the one you are enrolling in)
  • restrictions (courses that you cannot enrol in if you are completing or have completed another identified similar course)
  • location – for instance some distance-based courses still have an on-campus element, so double check that the way the course is taught is suitable for your situation.

Each of our courses has its own webpage where you can find this information. You can use our course search to find course pages.

More information on courses is in the ‘Courses for this programme’ section on this page.

You can find information on application due dates and semester dates on the key dates page.

We look forward to welcoming you to Massey!

If you have any questions, contact us through the Enquire button on this page.

What are courses and credits?

What are courses and credits?

Each Massey programme is made up of courses (in some tertiary institutions they are called ‘papers’).

You will have some compulsory courses and some you can choose from.

Each course is worth a certain amount of credits (often 15 credits, but this does vary). You must gain a set number of credits to be able to graduate from this programme.

There may also be some rules about which courses you need to pass to progress to the next year, or stage, of your study (known as progression). There are also courses you must pass to graduate with a specialisation.

  • See the ‘Courses for this programme’ section for the list of courses.
  • Courses search

Understanding course numbers

The first three digits of our course numbers show you which subject the course is about.

The second three digits show you the level and course ID number. For instance:

  • sub-degree courses are '0' (i.e. xxx.0xx)
  • undergraduate study begins at 100-level, (i.e. xxx.1xx)
  • as you progress through 200- and 300-level courses this number changes to 2 and 3 respectively. The higher the number that starts the second three digits, the higher the level of study.
1 6 2 . 3   0 1
Subject area   Level   Course ID number

Workload and time management

Use this tool to help determine how much time you will need each week to complete your studies.

Estimate workload

Returning students

For returning students, there may be changes to the majors and minors available and the courses you need to take. Go to the section called ‘Transitional Provisions’ in the Regulations to find out more.

In some cases the programme or specialisation you enrolled in may no longer be taking new enrolments, so may not appear on these web pages. To find information on the regulations for these programmes go to the Massey University Calendar.

Please contact us through the Enquire button on this page if you have any questions.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships available for new and current students. They could relate to your situation, achievement or interest.

Find and apply for scholarships