Molly Brown

MSc Housing Studies - Scotland

Molly Brown

Molly's Story

Molly developed a keen interest in politics and the welfare of people while studying as an undergraduate and, following a work placement at a local housing association, she developed an ambition to become a housing officer. Molly applied to study an MSc Housing Studies at Stirling after being attracted by the opportunity to complete a relevant internship while studying, and the course’s accreditation from the Chartered Institute of Housing,

She said: “I felt confident that this course would give me the chance to boost my career path and provide me with a way into a career in housing. I also always wanted to study at Stirling because my grandad was honorary president of the University in the 70s, and my mum and aunt both studied here.”

Like her peers, Molly’s university experience was turned on its head by the COVID-19 pandemic, but she says, course leaders found ways of mitigating the disruption and she enjoyed their obvious passion for their field.

 “Although the pandemic brought many challenges, everyone worked together to finish our degrees, and despite the circumstances, we all did well,” Molly said. “Although the online element of the course meant less social interaction with my peers, I gained lifelong friendships while studying.

“The obvious passion for social housing and the wellbeing of vulnerable people that my module leaders shared was infectious. This made my learning experience much more valuable.”

Molly describes her time at the University of Stirling as “quick, fun and motivating”.

She has recently fulfilled her dream of becoming a housing officer, having started a new job with one of Scotland’s largest housing, care and property management groups.