Housing Studies

Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MSc


Introduction

The Diploma in Housing Studies offers academic study for those working in housing to further develop their careers. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being.

Many Scottish students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institue of Housing, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors.

Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.

Accreditation

CIH logoThe Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines who are committed to achieving better housing for all.

 

Key information

  • Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MSc
  • Study methods: Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Stand-alone modules
  • Duration: Part Time PG Diploma 2 years MSc 3 years
  • Start date: September
  • Course Director: Dr Madhu Satsangi

Post Graduate Office
Applied Social Science
01786 467744 www.stir.ac.uk/social-science/

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Course objectives

With a staff group which comprehensively covers the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice the University of Stirling is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.

Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.

Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route blends occasional sessions on campus with a significant element of online study giving the student the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.

This course equips you with the tools to become a competent and effective housing practitioner and increases your chances of interesting and rewarding work and future employment.

Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for further study towards a Master’s of Science degree (MSc). This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.

The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and built environment.

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Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Usually a minimum of a second class Honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent in a relevant subject.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with relevant work or voluntary experience, an understanding of the importance of housing in society, and a commitment to improved housing for all are encouraged to apply.

This course is aimed at those already working in Housing if you are interested in this programme but do not work in Housing please look at our other programme Housing Studies (with internship). 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
  • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
  • IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses.

Structure and teaching

Structure and content

The Postgraduate Diploma is taught over two years and you will study six academic modules

  • Providing Housing Services
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Housing Governance
  • Housing Finance and Strategy
  • Healthy Housing
  • Organisational Behaviour

 

Delivery and assessment

You attend induction over three days at the beginning of September to commence the course. Academic learning is then undertaken through a combination of private study and interactive online sessions. There is a day on campus at the beginning of each academic module and a programme of visits. The course requires full participation. Classes are held mainly on Tuesday in year one and Thursday in year two - with the rest of the week for private study. (Studying part-time equates to approximately 18 hours on average which includes all structured learning, personal study and assessments).

Most of the time you have flexibility about where you can study and you do not need to travel to Stirling for online classes. Please ensure that your IT specification meets the requirements for the course - see technical checklist available here:

You can, however, access IT facilities on campus.

Assessment on the Diploma course takes a variety of forms including essays, reports, group work and a seminar presentation. Each module has one or two assessments (rather than end of semester examinations).

Students who do not complete the Diploma course may be eligible for the award of the Postgraduate Certificate.

Masters of Science degree (MSc)

Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for a further period of study towards a Master's of Science degree (MSc. This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.

Recommended reading

Contact the School for information.

Study method

Part-time

Why Stirling?

REF2014

In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

Strengths

In this current climate, a professional qualification is exactly the advantage you need, to stay ahead of the game. The University of Stirling offers people working in practice the opportunity to achieve housing qualifications in ways which meet their needs and fit in with the demands of their lives.

Our students

Here are some comments from our students who graduated last year: 

Why did you choose to study at Stirling?

  • I had previously completed my undergraduate at the university so felt familiar/comfortable with the surroundings. It was also one of the only universities running the course.
  • The University of Stirling Diploma in Housing Studies was recommended by my employer, Aberdeenshire Council.
  • Right course, right course entry criteria for me as a mature student without a degree.  Right system for distance learning that fitted alongside working full-time as well.
  • Stirling delivered the qualification and course within the timescale that suited my situation.
  • I wanted to learn more about housing and when I found out I could do the course through my work, Stirling offered the best choice for me.
  • When I completed my Level 4 Diploma in Housing at Telford College, Stirling was recommended for the Postgraduate Diploma. My employer also recommended Stirling for this course.

Can you tell me what the highlights were for you as a student at the University of Stirling?

  • Weekly online sessions enabled me to develop my knowledge of housing in relation to legislation, policies, mechanisms, concepts and processes through online tutorials and group discussions.
  • I enjoyed being part of the university for the past two years, especially the days when I visited the campus, meeting in person other students and staff.
  • Attending the University on ‘days in’ given that the majority of the course was distance learning.
  • I enjoyed the first day of each subject, as we were able to attend the University and meet the tutors and other students face to face which made it easier to discuss any issues, etc. When the results for each subject were posted, this gave me a real sense of achievement.

How did your course of study help you improve in your chosen subject?

  • I had no previous knowledge of housing and the course allowed me to grasp content and knowledge in a year to assist me in increasing career opportunities.
  • The course of study provided teaching materials, comprehensive learning resources and a forum for discussion between group members and the tutors. Each tutor being available during the online sessions for queries.
  • The course enabled me to look at my work in different ways and see 'the bigger picture' and to understand current issues in the sector from a more academic point of view.
  • The course increased my knowledge, skills and experience greatly within housing.
  • I have learned so much more about housing which was always my key aim as I work on the strategic side of housing. It has helped me look at things differently which has enhanced the work I do in strategy.
  • The course of study helped me achieve an all-round understanding of the housing services function and how all departments work together in providing services to help achieve a quality service to the tenants.

If you had to summarise your experience of the School of Applied Social Science in a few words what would you say?

  • Supportive and informative.
  • An excellent experience providing me with a wealth of knowledge through weekly online computer learning sessions. Will definitely recommend it to others.
  • Friendly and supportive at all times but stretched me to attain the educational level that I wished to achieve. Helped me get a qualification which I thought might be beyond me.
  • Interesting, hard work but extremely valuable and worthwhile.
  • I really enjoyed the course, the variety of assignments was great as it was challenging. The modules were well structured. I would recommend the course to anyone working in housing or who is interested in working in the housing profession.
  • All the tutors were very helpful and understanding and the course was structured in a way which helped me learn the subject.

Can you tell me how your acquired skills and knowledge will help you in your career or has helped you in your professional role or secured employment?

  • I am now working on a six-month contract with Port of Leith Housing Association, without the course I would not have the knowledge and practical housing management experience achieved from my work place link and placement.
  • My acquired skills have helped in my career and in my personal life. For example in my career an increase in knowledge has helped me to understand key housing issues and management and organisation behaviour. Whilst in my personal life my home is now more energy efficient and I am generating electricity through a solar photovoltaic system.
  • So far nothing has changed at work – there have been no opportunities to move up the ladder but my confidence levels have risen and I feel I have more respect from my colleagues and superiors now.
  • I am currently working as a Consultant with a Registered Social Landlord. Without the skills and knowledge gained through the course I would not be in this position.
  • I have learned so much about housing some of which I have already put into use in my work. It’s made me more aware of housing as a whole rather than the area I knew about. I have been working with the Homelessness Service a lot more recently so the knowledge I have learned from the course has been valuable.
  • My acquired skills and knowledge will help me if a Housing Officer’s post was to become available within the Association which may allow me to be promoted in the future. I am now a Chartered Member of the CIH too since completing this course.
 

Careers and employability

Career opportunities

Stirling graduates have a strong track record of making rapid career progress on completion of the Diploma. Potential career opportunities include management in housing organisations, specialist research and policy and strategy work. Increasingly, there are opportunities linked to key government initiatives and policy areas.

Our students come from all parts of Scotland, in different roles at different levels. Studying online at Stirling enables you to:

  • carry out your current job with greater confidence and effectiveness
  • have a comprehensive knowledge of how your job links to the rest of your organisation and the work of other agencies in Scotland
  • be well prepared to take advantage of opportunities for promotion or new directions in your work
  • gain a professional qualification in a crucial policy area
  • build a network
  • minimise time spent travelling

Online application process

Please choose a start date and study method from the drop-down list below, and click the Apply Now button below to begin the online application process. (Please make sure you have consulted the Postgraduate Study pages on the University website and the Online Application Guidance Notes before continuing).

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Fees

PG Certificate / PG Diploma/MSc Fees 2016/7

  HOME/EU
PG Certificate £2,034
PG Diploma £2,034
MSc £1,535

 

 

 

 

PG Certificate / PG Diploma/MSc Fees 2015/6

 Home / EU
PG Certificate £2,000
PG Diploma £2,000
MSc £1,500

 

 

You should expect to pay fees for every year you are in attendance and be aware fees are subject to revision and may increase annually. Students on programmes of study of more than one year should take this into account when applying.

Please note there is an additional charge for the conferral of your degree. This will be charged at the rate applicable when you complete your studies. View more information

Scholarships & funding

This course is currently approved for Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL) funding from SAAS. Full details of the PTFL fund and how to apply online can be found here: www.saas.gov.uk

Tuition fees and other associated expenses are normally met by sponsoring employers. Students and employers may wish to take into account other costs in budgeting for the course such as: book purchase and travelling expenses and costs of accommodation for visits to campus.

Students who pay their own fees may be entitled to claim tax relief on fees or receive support with fee payment from an ILA.

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