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 well-being of individuals, so the job market around housing provides plenty of opportunities to graduates.

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 practice.

  • Employer links:
    The team works 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 to those who are unsure of their ability to enroll for a full Masters, but progression after completion is encouraged.

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


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Part-time PgDip 2 years September Southwark Campus
Full-time PgDip 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time PgCert 2 semesters September Southwark Campus
Part-time MA 2 years September Southwark Campus
Full-time MA 1 year September Southwark Campus


The first year concentrates on housing policy and the changing role of the housing professional. You'll examine housing and planning issues, and run 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
  • Housing law
  • Running the social business
  • Planning for housing

Year 2 (PgDip)

  • Housing, health, and social care
  • Comparative housing and study visit
  • Economy and housing finance

Year 3

  • Dissertation


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.


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:


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 organizations.

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

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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 organizations 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


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 organization. They will be interviewed by the Course Director on the application.


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 organization. They will be interviewed by the Course Director on the 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 applicants

Our students are typically at the 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.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

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