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.
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
#1 The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates our Housing Studies course
#2 You’ll be taught by a team of academics with extensive experience in the housing sector and world-class research records
#3 You’ll gain practical skills through a structured, assessed work experience internship lasting 10 weeks
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.
The Postgraduate Diploma is taught over one year full-time or 21 months part-time and you’ll study six academic modules.
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
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 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.
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.
Dr Vikki McCall
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Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas: £13,650
- Home/EU: £6,300
- Overseas: £9,100
- Home/EU: £4,200
- Overseas: £4,550
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