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Housing Studies PgCert/PgDip/MA

Overview

PgCert/PgDip/MA Housing Studies is a professionally-oriented course that will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in the housing and housing-related professions.

Good quality housing is one of the most basic necessities in producing thriving communities and ensuring the health and wellbeing of individuals, so the job market around housing provides plenty of opportunities to graduates.

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Top reasons to study this course:

Unique offering: The only Housing Studies programme offering both an undergraduate and Masters programme in the South East region.
CIH accredited: Full professional accreditation.
Employment-focused: Develops the knowledge and skills required to work as a professional in practise.
Employer links: The team work closely with employers on placements, teaching and more.
Flexible: Study options include both full and part-time.
Expert academics: Dedicated, passionate and experienced academics.

The learning style is designed to provide support through lectures, workshops and speakers from practice, as well as directed reading and regular progress meetings between students and tutors. All modules are assessed by coursework rather than exams.

You'll study different housing systems and visit a European country to investigate its housing practices - currently students visit Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

The course is professionally accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing.

Fast track to professional qualification

For those with substantial relevant experience it is possible to gain the PgCert qualification in just two semesters (Sep-June) on a part-time day release timetable. It is designed to appeal  those who are unsure of their ability to enrol for a full Masters, but progression after completion is encouraged.

The Masters element requires the submission of a 20,000 word dissertation in the third year.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time PgCert
Duration
2 semesters
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time MA
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Full-time MA
Duration
1 Year
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Case studies

  • Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies

    Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies

    Mature student Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies, undertook a work placement at Peabody in July 2012 and was invited back to work for them for a further four months.

Modules

The first year concentrates on housing policy and the changing role of the housing professional. You'll examine housing and planning issues, and running the social business.

In the second year you'll explore housing economics and finance; housing law; and the interrelationship of housing and health. During the second year students you'll complete a comparative study of the UK and Dutch housing systems on a European study visit to the Netherlands.

Year 1 (PgCert)

  • The new housing professional
    This unit will explore the evolution of housing policy and housing organisations, the changing parameters of housing management and its development as a profession.
  • Housing law
    This module will equip you with an update on key developments in housing law with an emphasis on case law and policy.  The module will identify current legal and policy issues affecting tenants, homeless people and those in housing need.  Topics examined will include Landlord and Tenant rights and obligations, maintenance obligations and possession actions. Equality legislation and practice will be embedded into each of these areas. 
  • Running the social business
    This module examines the role of social landlords within a rapidly changing policy environment. You'll obtain a detailed understanding of what challenges are faced by social businesses: their legal framework and regulation, the nature of management within different types of social landlords, the underlying housing policies which are transforming their influence and the main features of their operation.
  • Planning for housing
    The module provides an introduction to the issue of strategic planning for housing. It focuses on the process of preparation, communication and implementation of strategic housing plans.  The political context (i.e Localism Act etc.) is considered, and the importance of prioritising sustainability objectives during the process of development and implementation of strategic plans is emphasised. The issue of housing developments’ quality is also considered and attention is given to the application of tools for evaluating this quality.

Year 2 (PgDip)

  • Housing, health and social care
    This module will explore and examine the relationship between housing, health and social care policy and the impact on housing organisations and professional practice. 
  • Comparative housing and study visit
    The module is designed to help you to develop an understanding of the strengths and limitations of cross national comparison in Housing Studies and apply these in a project. It involves a five day residential trip to Amsterdam.
  • Economy and housing finance
    This module covers basic economic theory and its application to housing markets and housing finance in the UK, as well as the implications of welfare reform.

Year 3

  • Dissertation
    The dissertation module provides you with the opportunity to carry out an independent piece of research of a demanding nature, investigating in depth a subject which is related to you specialist studies within their degree programme. You'll be expected to attend a series of research workshops (as well as individual supervision).  Each student will submit a dissertation of between 15,000 – 20,000 words.

Award

The PgCert award requires completion of 60 credits, which you'll complete in the first year. For PgDip, an additional 60 credits are required in the second year. For full MA award, you'll complete the dissertation during your third year, achieving 180 credits.

Assessment

Modules are assessed by a range of coursework, design and practice based projects, presentations and a dissertation. There are no exams on this programme.

Modules available as CPD

The 10 credit modules 'New housing professional' and 'Housing law' are available to study as stand-alone CPD courses. Please contact Diane Paice, Course Director to apply or for more details: paiced@lsbu.ac.uk.

Employability

As well as being a postgraduate course of study it is also a professional qualification accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing for those looking to further their career in both public and private sector housing organisations.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff


Dr Manuela Madeddu

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Course Director - MA Urban Design and Planning

Dr Manuela Madeddu is a qualified architect and holds a PhD in town planning. She is an urban designer and her research interests range from public spaces to housing quality and Feng Shui.


Alan Winter

School/Division: Law and Social Sciences / Urban, Environment and Leisure Studies
Job title: Associate Professor: Housing

Alan teaches on housing association governance, social welfare, social and housing policy, sustainability and European housing. He previously worked in local authority housing departments.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

All students take part in a field trip in the second year to the Netherlands to help relate theory to practice. You'll visit Dutch housing organisations and local government, and on your return develop a comparative case study for the assessment.

Teaching is delivered through seminars, lectures and workshops. The course makes full of our blended learning platform, Moodle. Online tutorials will be made available, allowing you to enhance your skills in self-managing your studies. This supports the more traditional teaching methods.

Teaching is supplemented by site visits and speakers from professional practice.

Entry requirements

PgCert

This course is a fast-track for experienced senior professionals wishing to consolidate their work experience with up-to-date learning and gain a professional qualification.

  • 2:2 UK Honours degree with senior and substantial housing or other relevant experience
  • Non-graduates will be considered if they have substantial experience at senior level in a housing or housing-related organisation. They will be interviewed by the Course Director on application.

PgDip/MA

This course is intended for experienced professionals wishing to gain a professional qualification.

  • 2:2 UK Honours degree in a  relevant subject; or
  • 2:2 in any subject with substantial housing or other relevant experience
  • Non-graduates will be considered if they have substantial experience in a housing or housing-related organisation. They will be interviewed by the Course Director on application.

We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Typical background of applicant

Our students are typically at officer or middle management level wishing to consolidate their professional experience with structured learning through the course, in order to advance within their profession, and take on a more strategic policy and management role.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Part-time PgDip
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5158
Application method
Mode
Full-time PgDip
Duration
1 year
Start date
September
Application code
5160
Application method
Mode
Part-time PgCert
Duration
2 semesters
Start date
September
Application code
4563
Application method
Mode
Part-time MA
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
5159
Application method
Mode
Full-time MA
Duration
1 Year
Start date
September
Application code
5161
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

  • Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies

    Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies

    Mature student Tim Eaton, MA Housing Studies, undertook a work placement at Peabody in July 2012 and was invited back to work for them for a further four months.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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