Aimed at those already working in the housing sector, our Housing Studies course will help you develop your career further. Accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the syllabus covers all aspects of housing services, including:
- sustaining communities
- governance and law
- housing organisations
- health and wellbeing
With a focus on achieving better housing for all, you’ll acquire the front-line knowledge and competencies needed to tackle issues in housing and homelessness in Scotland and throughout the UK. You’ll be introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing.
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.
The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing. We’ll help you to develop the skill set required to further your career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors in a highly competitive age. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.
Already have your postgraduate diploma?
We can happily cater for anyone who wants to come back and extend their qualification to an MSc here at the University of Stirling. There are also options to do a standalone module to complete your MSc Housing Studies.
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 Many Scottish students are eligible for a SAAS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements
The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Stirling Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing.
The Postgraduate Diploma is taught over two years and you’ll study six academic modules.
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.
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.
Classes are held mainly on Tuesday in year one and Thursday in year two, with the rest of the week for private study. Studying part-time equates to approximately 18 hours on average which includes all structured learning, personal study and assessments.
Dr Vikki McCall, Course Director
+44 (0) 1786 467681
Fees - 2018/2019
- Overseas: £13,650
- Home/EU: £6,300
- Overseas: £9,100
- Home/EU: £4,200
- Overseas: £4,550
- Home/EU: £2,100
About the School
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