Research in the master Facility Management

Research is an integral part of the master in Facility and Real Estate Management. It will broaden your horizons. Furthermore you will learn to understand how and why research can make a difference in professional practice. Do you aspire to have an academic career in Facility and Real Estate Management?

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Researcher to be!

The master Facility Management consists of 60 credits. You spend almost half of it on research. During the Academic Skills course and during your thesis. During these two parts you will develop your own research proposal to solve a specific facility or real estate issue.
You will translate your findings into appropriate conclusions and recommendations. In this way you will make a professional contribution to the established knowledge of the industry. Your thesis will proceed as the testament to your expertise in the field of Facility and Real Estate Management. 

What will this entail?  

  1. Preparing your research questions and hypotheses.
  2. Developing your research strategy. 
  3. Determining your research methods, data collection and analysis for the thesis project. 
  4. Gaining knowledge through academic literature.
  5. Perfecting your presentaton skills and public speaking. 

Academic career – PhD track

Does research turn out to be something you want to focus upon? If so, you could develop your skills even further and get a PhD after the academic master in Facility Management. Just like our alumna Katinka Pani. A PhD is a long-term commitment. As a PhD student you often spend the entire 4 years on academic research. At the end of this period you have to deliver a dissertation. As a PhD student you can also pass on your knowledge to the next generation of students by teaching.

Work and study at the same time

A PhD is a combination of work and study at the same time. You are paid as a student but you also have to meet deadlines and expectations. As a PhD student you are connected to the Facility Management research lectorate at Zuyd University of Applied Sciences.

Research Centres

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences carries out a lot of research and thus actively contributes to education, professional practice and the global domain of knowledge. This research is done in research centres. These are knowledge networks led by a lecturer who conducts research in a special topic. Lectorates often work collaboratively, with each other and with colleagues.

Research Centre Facility Management

The Programme Director of the master Facility Management is Joop van Duren. He has been lecturer of the research centre Facility Management since 2016. As a Facility Management master student you will get all the up-to-date and interesting knowledge that Joop van Duren and his team are continuously gaining. Follow the developments of the Research Centre and get inspiration for your own thesis.

Focus: care and quality of life in quarters

The focus of the research group is the following: in what way does facility management contribute to solving social and regional issues concerning care and quality of life in quarters.

The following themes are extensively investigated:

  1. Aging and current changes, particularly in the healthcare industry.
  2. Shrinkage, vacancy and reallocation of buildings.
  3. Attenuation and developments regarding the Social Support Act.

Do you want to make a difference and push the boundaries of current knowledge about Facility and Real Estate management? Then register now for the master in Facility and Real Estate Management.

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