Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management – GradDipFM

Build on your existing knowledge and skills in construction with Massey’s Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management. Learn how to organise, control and coordinate the strategic and operational management of facilities.

Type of qualification

Graduate diploma

Level of study

Graduate study

Graduate qualifications normally involve study in a different area to your first undergraduate qualification. Some are stepping stones to postgraduate-level study.

More about study levels

NZQF level 7

Our courses follow the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF) levels.

Find out more about NZQF levels

Time to complete

1 year full-time (120 credits)
Up to 8 years part-time
Part-time available

Where you can study

Auckland campus
Distance and online

International students

International students are not New Zealand citizens or residents.

Definition of New Zealand citizens and residents

Open to international students on campus in New Zealand

Study a Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management – GradDipFM

The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management (FM) is aimed at professionals working in facilities management who hold a non-FM-related tertiary qualification. For example: engineering, commerce or science. It provides an educational route for FM professionals to progress into more senior leadership roles in the industry.

The structure and content of the qualification is designed to build on your existing knowledge of the operational maintenance and management of built facilities. It ranges across the many and varied core skills required by facilities managers. 

What will you learn?  

You will gain the skills and knowledge to organise, control and coordinate the strategic and operational management of built facilities, environment and support services. The qualification covers four main knowledge areas: legal, management, technical and professional. It reflects the many and varied core competencies FM professionals need. 

Research-led learning from industry experts 

You’ll learn from 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 on campus or via distance learning, part-time or full-time.

A GradDipFM is a good fit if you:

  • are working in facilities management but don’t have a facilities management qualification 
  • want to progress into a senior leadership role
  • are looking to learn more about managing risk and operational sustainability. 

Entry requirements

Admission to Massey

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

Specific requirements

To enter the Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management you will:

  • have been awarded or qualified for a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, and
  • have completed at least two years of relevant professional experience.

You will need to provide copies of all official academic transcripts for studies taken at all universities other than Massey University.

English language requirements

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

This qualification is classified as NZQF Level 7 and requires the same English language standard as most undergraduate bachelor degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Time limits for Honours, Distinction and Merit

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

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

More information

  • Read the regulations for this qualification thoroughly
  • Contact us through the Get advice button on this page if you have any questions.

Prior learning, credit and exemptions

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

English language skills

If you need help with your English language skills before you start university, see our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses.


Official regulations

To understand what you need to study and must complete to graduate read the official rules and regulations for this qualification.

You should read these together with all other relevant Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Undergraduate Degrees, Undergraduate Diplomas, Undergraduate Certificates, Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates.

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 qualification 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 qualifications go to the Massey University Calendar.

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

Structure of the Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management

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

The Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management is awarded without a specialisation.

Courses and specialisations

Key terms

Each qualification has its own specific set of courses. Some universities call these papers. You enrol in courses after you get accepted into Massey.
Course code
Each course is numbered using 6 digits. The fourth number shows the level of the course. For example, in course 219206, the fourth number is a 2, so it is a 200-level course (usually studied in the second year of full-time study).
Each course is worth a number of credits. You combine courses (credits) to meet the total number of credits needed for your qualification.
Some qualifications let you choose what subject you'd like to specialise in. Your major or endorsement is what you will take the majority of your courses in.

Credit summary

120 credits

  • Compulsory courses – 120 credits

Course planning key

Courses that need to be completed before moving onto a course at the next level. For example, a lot of 200-level courses have 100-level prerequisite courses.
Courses that must be completed at the same time as another course are known as corequisite courses.
Some courses are restricted against each other because their content is similar. This means you can only choose one of the offered courses to study and credit to your qualification.

Compulsory Courses (Choose 120 credits from)

Choose 120 credits from
Course code: 115114 Finance Fundamentals 15 credits

This course introduces analytical techniques for evaluating personal and business investment and financing decisions, including coverage of the context and environment in which these decisions are made.

Restrictions: 115105

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Course code: 152350 Strategic Management and Governance 15 credits

An examination of strategic management concepts, the tools and techniques of strategic analysis, and issues associated with governance including business ethics.

Prerequisites: Any 200 level Management course Restrictions: 152341, 152365

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Course code: 218201 Construction Technology and Services II 15 credits

This course covers the construction methods and materials used in commercial buildings. Students will examine installation of services and facilities for comfort and energy performance of commercial buildings including in a 3D digital environment.

Prerequisites: 218102 or 218172 Restrictions: 218271, 218273

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Course code: 218204 Construction Contracts and Legal Principles 15 credits

An introduction to basic legal principles and contexts that may affect construction projects in New Zealand including a basic introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi. It includes an introduction to Commonwealth legal systems and basic principles of the law of contract and tort. These are then extended to legal principles affecting construction contracts and an introduction to construction dispute resolution methods.

Restrictions: 218315

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Course code: 218329 Facilities Management for Construction Managers 15 credits

The course covers the concepts and principles of managing built facilities. It covers strategic aspects of facilities management, space planning management, support services, building performance, and sustainability. Review of software applications in facility management to also enable 6D digital asset management.

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Course code: 218344 Managing Risk and Operational Sustainability 15 credits

This course introduces the broader concepts of risk and decision making as they relate to the operation, maintenance and disposal of assets. Application of sustainability principles and practices to meet business objectives. Business continuity and emergency planning at a high level/policy.

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Course code: 218346 Digital Evolution of Facilities Management 15 credits

This course introduces students to different digital tools used by construction practitioners for the efficient management of facilities and assets. Students learn the advantages and disadvantages of digital technologies and information systems in the context of design, operation, maintenance, retrofit and disposal of facilities using a mixture of theoretical concepts and practical application.

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Course code: 218352 Facilities and Asset Maintenance 15 credits

An examination of concepts and strategies for the operation and maintenance of assets and facilities. Students will apply asset management assessment frameworks for planning and maintenance in facilities management.

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Fees and scholarships

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.

Scholarship and award opportunities

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Fees disclaimer

This information is for estimation purposes only. Actual fees payable will be finalised on confirmation of enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, all fees shown are quoted in New Zealand dollars and include Goods and Services Tax, if any. Before relying on any information on these pages you should also read the University's Disclaimer Notice.

Careers and job opportunities

A Graduate Diploma in Facilities Management will help progress your career by providing opportunities for promotion within existing roles or enabling transition to new roles. Graduates will have the knowledge to take on roles that require operational and managerial skills for managing buildings and facilities in public and private organisations as in-house facilities managers or external facilities management consultants.

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 a tertiary-level pathway in facilities management until now. In the same survey, 62% of facilities managers said they had been headhunted by another company. 

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). This is the professional body for facilities management professionals in Aotearoa. Students are immediately eligible for student membership and upon completion of these qualifications can apply for one of FMANZ's membership categories.

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