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MSc / PG Dip Housing Studies (with internship)

Thinking about a career in housing? Our PgDip and MSc Housing Studies (with Internship) offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience.

Housing Studies (with internship)

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Key facts

  • Award Masters / MSc, Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate
  • Start date September
  • Duration MSc full-time: 12 months, MSc part-time: 21 months
  • Mode of study Part-time, Full-time, Stand-alone modules, Discontinuous, Mixture of online and classroom delivery
  • Accreditations Chartered Institute of Housing

This MSc/PgDip Housing Studies (with internship) course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing. This includes a 10-week structured, assessed work experience internship, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, voluntary and private sectors.

You’ll be introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing and offered the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice.

Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the course covers all aspects of housing services, sustainable communities, governance and law, housing organisations, and health and wellbeing.

It will also provide you with a comprehensive academic and professional qualification with structured work experience and, upon completion, offer you a direct route into employment in the housing sector.  The Diploma internship can also form the output necessary to achieve a Masters qualification.

This route blends occasional teaching sessions on campus with a significant element of online study giving you the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.

You’ll be taught by a team of academics who comprehensively cover the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice. Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.

 
  • Top reasons to study with us
  • Professional accreditations

    The course covers all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Upon successful completion of the Diploma, you’ll be eligible for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

  • Flexible learning

    If you’re interested in studying a module from this course, the Postgraduate Certificate or the Postgraduate Diploma then please email Graduate Admissions to discuss your course of study.

  • Research

    All core teaching staff on the Housing Studies course are active in housing research. In the Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), 75 percent of the research in Applied Social Science at Stirling was assessed as ‘Internationally Excellent' with the top 24 percent of that judged as ‘World-leading'.

  • Academic requirements

    A minimum of a second class honours degree (2.1 preferred) or equivalent.  Applicants without these formal qualifications but with significant appropriate/relevant work/life experience are encouraged to apply.

    Potential applicants who are already working can apply for the MSc Housing Studies course on a part-time basis over two years, without having to do an 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 sub-skill
    • Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE) 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
    • Cambridge C2 Proficiency (CPE) 180 overall with a minimum of 169 in each sub-skill
    • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 60 overall with 56 in each sub-skill
    • IBT TOEFL 80 overall with 18 in reading, 23 in writing, 19 in listening and 21 in speaking
    • Trinity ISE II Pass overall and Merit in all sub-skills, ISE III Pass overall and in all sub-skills, ISE IV Pass overall and in all sub-skills

    Last updated: 5 December 2019

    For more information on ways that you can meet our English language requirements, including options to waive the requirement, please read our information on English language requirements.

  • Pre-sessional English language courses

    If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner INTO University of Stirling offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree.

    Find out more about our pre-sessional English language courses.

The Postgraduate Diploma is taught over one year full-time or 21 months part-time and you’ll study six academic modules.

Professional Practice

The course also includes a module on reflective practice, preparation for professional practice and attachment to a social landlord to facilitate workplace learning. These precede an internship of 50 days in length, arranged to suit both the employer and student where possible, linked to practical requirements of the Chartered Institute of Housing.

You can build up to the full Masters of 180 credits in stages, or exit at any stage and receive an award:

  • six modules plus a dissertation for 180 credits (SCQF Level 11) – you’ll be awarded a Masters and will meet the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing
  • six modules for 120 credits (SCQF Level 11) – you’ll be awarded Postgraduate Diploma and will meet the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing
  • three modules for 60 credits (SCQF Level 11) – you’ll be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate

Modules

The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery in the next academic intake of this course. These may be subject to change as the University regularly revises and refreshes the curriculum of our taught programmes.

Course Details

  • Teaching

    You’ll attend an induction over three days at the beginning of September to start 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.

    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. You can, however, access IT facilities on campus.

  • Assessment

    Assessment 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.

    Internships are assessed through a series of practice reports and a reflective practice diary.

    Anyone who completes the Postgraduate Diploma requirements may register for a further period of study towards a Masters. This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.

    The research-based dissertation can be based on work undertaken as part of the internship period, simplifying the process of achieving a Masters.

  • Classroom hours

    Classes are held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the rest of the week for private study. Studying full-time equates to approximately 35 hours on average which includes all structured learning, personal study and assessments.

  • Course director
  • Key staff

    At Stirling, staff in Housing Studies aim to:

    • provide effective professional housing education
    • promote development of skills in the workplace
    • promote and support equality and diversity in access to professional education
    • exploit technology to make our course of study available to students, regardless of location or learning needs
    • increase learning opportunities for students particularly from remote areas
    • enhance course content from tutors’ research and expertise
  • Fees and costs
    2020/21 fees
    Study modeYear

    Home/EU students

    Overseas students

    Full-time

    Year 1 (180 credits)

    £7,000

    £15,250

     

     

    Part-time

    Year 1 (60 credits)

    £2,334

    £5,084

    Year 2 (60 credits)

    £2,333

    £5,083

    Year 3 (60 credits)

    £2,333

    £5,083

    If you graduated with a University of Stirling PG Diploma in Housing Studies in 2014 or after, you are eligible for a £500 fee discount on the MSc modules (Housing Research Dissertation or Housing Reflection). This waiver also applies if you are currently registered for the University of Stirling PG Diploma in Housing Studies, and wish to register for the MSc in September 2020.

    You can choose to study this course over a shorter period and the tuition fee will be adjusted accordingly. The fee for each year will be calculated based on the number of credits you enrol on each year. Your fees will be held at the same level throughout your course.

    If you need to extend your period of study, you may be liable for an additional fee.

    For more information on courses invoiced on an annual fee basis, please read our tuition fee policy.

  • Scholarships and 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 on the SAAS website.

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

    There are other categories of funding available to support the cost of your studies at the University of Stirling. You may qualify for University funding as well as funding from government bodies, the European Commission, funding trusts, research councils, industry and employers.

    Other sources of funding

    If you have the talent, ability and drive to study with us, we want to make sure you make the most of the opportunity – regardless of your financial circumstances.

    Learn more about available funding opportunities or use our scholarship finder to explore our range of scholarships.

  • Additional costs

    There are some instances where additional fees may apply. Depending on your chosen course, you may need to pay additional costs, for example for field trips. Learn more about additional fees.

    If you graduated with a University of Stirling PG Diploma in Housing Studies in 2014 or after, you are eligible for a £500 fee waiver on the MSc modules (Research Dissertation or Reflective portfolio), making your fee £1,666. This waiver also applies if you are currently registered for the University of Stirling PG Diploma in Housing Studies, and wish to register for the MSc in September 2019 or May 2020.

  • Cost of living

    If you’re domiciled in the UK, you can typically apply to your relevant funding body for help with living costs. This usually takes the form of student loans, grants or bursaries, and the amount awarded depends upon your personal circumstances and household income.

    EU and overseas students won’t normally be able to claim living support through SAAS or other UK public funding bodies. You should contact the relevant authority in your country to find out if you’re eligible to receive support.

    Find out about the cost of living for students at Stirling

  • Payment options

    We aim to be as flexible as possible, and offer a wide range of payment methods - including the option to pay fees by instalments. Learn more about how to pay

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

Studying Housing Studies online at the University of 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
  • Testimonial quotes

    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.

    Housing studies graduate

  • Employability skills

    A key part of the MSc/PgDip Housing Studies (with internship) is to help you develop transferable skills that employers are looking for, such as:

    • academic skills in analysis and writing
    • technical skills in the appraisal and evaluation of housing development, design and construction in the built environment
    • professional skills in housing
    • communication skills, in report writing and group presentations
    • self-management skills, in organising work, and meeting deadlines
    • interpersonal skills, in group discussion and listening
  • Companies we work with

    A very substantial number of housing organisations across Scotland support student internships and sponsor their staff to undertake the Housing Studies course at Stirling.

    Teaching staff also work with organisations across the country in their research activities. Through student membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing, you’ll have access to information and news about housing organisations across Scotland as well as being able to attend major conferences in the sector.

Laura Breeze
Studying part-time meant I could remain in my current role, while also pursuing a qualification which would help me develop my career, and hopefully move in to a management role. With the academic knowledge I’ve gained, I want to make real changes to the housing sector.
Laura Breeze
Scotland Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies
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I wanted to complement and enhance my understanding of housing to the betterment of myself and my organisation. The Postgraduate Diploma offers those of us working in this profession the opportunity to advance our skills and knowledge.
Doug Webster
Scotland Postgraduate Diploma in Housing Studies with Distinction
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