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The Diploma in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. Read more

Introduction

The Diploma in Housing Studies, with internship offers a unique combination of academic study and professional work experience for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being.
Many Scottish students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing. This includes a structured, assessed work experience internship, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors.
Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.

Accreditation

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. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines who are committed to achieving better housing for all.

Key information

- Degree type: MSc, Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma
- Study methods: Full-time, Part-time, Discontinuous
- Duration: Full-time (with internship): 12 months or part-time (with internship): 21 months
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Madhu Satsangi

Course objectives

With a staff group which comprehensively covers the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice, Stirling University is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.
Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.
Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route blends occasional sessions on campus, with a significant element of online study giving the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.
This course is aimed at graduates wishing to pursue a career in housing. The Diploma course combines academic study and professional practice over a 12-month period for full-time students (21 months for part-time students). It equips you with the tools to become a competent and effective practitioner and increases your chances of gaining rewarding work in housing and developing your long-term career.
Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for further study towards a Master’s of Science degree (MSc). This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.
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. Housing studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and built environment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence of your proficiency such as:
- IELTS score of 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill.

We consider the following as equivalent test scores:
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C or above
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B or above
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Careers and employability

- Career opportunities
Stirling housing graduates normally move immediately into employment, e.g. in housing associations, local authorities, trade organisations, government agencies and research and consultancy.

- Employability
Our students learn great transferable skills such as: academic skills in analysis and writing; technical skills in the appraisal and evaluation of housing development, design and construction in the built environment; professional skills in housing: communication skills, in report writing and group presentations; self-management skills, in organising work, and meeting deadlines; interpersonal skills, in group discussion and listening.

- Industry connections
A very substantial number of housing organisations across Scotland support student internships and sponsor their staff to undertake the Housing Studies course at Stirling.
Teaching staff also work with organisations across the country in their research activities. Through student membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing, you will have access to information and news about housing organisations across Scotland as well as being able to attend major conferences in the sector.

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The Diploma in Housing Studies offers academic study for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being. Read more

Introduction

The Diploma in Housing Studies offers academic study for those seeking to enter a career in housing. The course covers all aspects of housing services, sustaining communities, governance and law, housing organisations and health and well-being.
Many Scottish students are eligible for a SASS postgraduate loan which covers the fee for the postgraduate Diploma elements. The course fully integrates all of the academic and practice components of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institue of Housing, which sets up graduates for a ‘fast track’ into a career with housing organisations in the social, private and voluntary sectors.
Our courses make a substantial contribution to supplying the housing sector with new, qualified staff, who are known to be ready to ‘hit the ground running’. Our graduates usually find relevant work very quickly after completing their studies.

Accreditation

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. Housing Studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines who are committed to achieving better housing for all.

Key information

- Degree type: Postgraduate Diploma, Postgraduate Certificate, MSc
- Study methods: Part-time, Mixture of online and classroom delivery, Stand-alone modules
- Duration: Part Time PG Diploma 2 years MSc 3 years
- Start date: September
- Course Director: Dr Madhu Satsangi

Course objectives

With a staff group which comprehensively covers the multi-disciplinary nature of housing, research, policy and practice the University of Stirling is in an excellent position to provide you with the skill sets required to make good a career in a highly competitive age.
Our research-led teaching draws on our specialist expertise in policy analysis, homelessness and housing rights, social theory, housing and land market analysis.
Students are introduced to the most up-to-date ideas and debates in housing. We offer students the opportunity to learn about the cutting edge of housing practice. This route blends occasional sessions on campus with a significant element of online study giving the student the ideal learning experience in a format which is accessible and engaging.
This course equips you with the tools to become a competent and effective housing practitioner and increases your chances of interesting and rewarding work and future employment.
Anyone who completes the Diploma requirements may register for further study towards a Master’s of Science degree (MSc). This would require completion of either a research-based dissertation or the demonstration of advanced level reflective skills.
The Chartered Institute of Housing is the professional body for housing and validates the Housing Studies course. On successful completion of the Diploma, you will have satisfied the requirements for corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing. Housing studies attracts people from a variety of disciplines across the social sciences, humanities and built environment.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of your English language skills:
- IELTS: 6.5 with 6.0 minimum in each skill
- Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): Grade C
- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): Grade B
- Pearson Test of English (Academic): 60 with 56 in each component
- IBT TOEFL: 90 with no subtest less than 20

For more information go to English language requirements https://www.stir.ac.uk/study-in-the-uk/entry-requirements/english/

If you don’t meet the required score you may be able to register for one of our pre-sessional English courses. To register you must hold a conditional offer for your course and have an IELTS score 0.5 or 1.0 below the required standard. View our range of pre-sessional courses http://www.intohigher.com/uk/en-gb/our-centres/into-university-of-stirling/studying/our-courses/course-list/pre-sessional-english.aspx .

Why Stirling?

- REF2014
In REF2014 Stirling was placed 6th in Scotland and 45th in the UK with almost three quarters of research activity rated either world-leading or internationally excellent.

- Strengths
In this current climate, a professional qualification is exactly the advantage you need, to stay ahead of the game. The University of Stirling offers people working in practice the opportunity to achieve housing qualifications in ways which meet their needs and fit in with the demands of their lives.

Career opportunities

Stirling graduates have a strong track record of making rapid career progress on completion of the Diploma. Potential career opportunities include management in housing organisations, specialist research and policy and strategy work. Increasingly, there are opportunities linked to key government initiatives and policy areas.
Our students come from all parts of Scotland, in different roles at different levels. Studying online at Stirling enables you to:
- carry out your current job with greater confidence and effectiveness
- have a comprehensive knowledge of how your job links to the rest of your organisation and the work of other agencies in Scotland
- be well prepared to take advantage of opportunities for promotion or new directions in your work
- gain a professional qualification in a crucial policy area
- build a network
- minimise time spent travelling

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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. Read more
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.

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.

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
• 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

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.

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.

Professional links

The full Masters course is accredited as fulfilling the academic requirements for the Chartered Institute of Housing professional qualification. Our students can register as student members and go on to become full members after completion of the Institutes' professional experience requirements. Students applying for full membership of the CIH must have work experience in a housing related field. This is included in the course fees.

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 Services

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. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job 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 interview and talk to students
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes.

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This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices. Read more
This programme allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices. It provides a framework for discussing the development, financing, and management of housing with an emphasis on social rented housing in the United Kingdom. If you are working or seeking to work in the social housing sector in the UK (or in a closely related field), this programme is ideal for you.

Why this programme

◾The programme is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and can meet all the academic requirements for membership of the professional body for students with work experience.
◾The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study.
◾The programme has strong links with the housing sector in Glasgow and the west of Scotland. There is significant input from industry, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars. The programme offers many interactive learning opportunities, including field visits.
◾The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study.
◾The courses are designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing professional and personal commitments.
◾An optional field trip to London will provide you with an insight into the complex socio-economic dynamics of city building and design through visits to high profile real estate, planning and regeneration projects. You will have the opportunity to both meet and speak with senior industry professionals and policy-makers involved in the delivery of major urban developments. Past trips have included visits to The Shard, Olympic Park, Crossrail, Battersea Power Station.

Programme structure

The programme is structured around core and optional courses, many of which are shared with other postgraduate programmes within Urban Studies, facilitating interaction with professionals seeking qualifications in related fields. For part-time students the programme is designed assuming one day a week attendance over two years; for full-time students these two teaching days are attended over one year. You may wish to spread your study over a longer period and can do so through the modular route. Those undertaking the MSc will also need to submit a dissertation as a piece of independent research.

Core courses
◾Foundations of housing management
◾Housing businesses
◾Housing contexts
◾Methods of social research (MSc only)
◾Professional practice ethics and management
◾Scottish housing law
◾Understanding housing markets.

Optional courses
◾Designing places
◾Development process
◾Evaluating evidence and policy
◾Housing inequality and society
◾International urban challenges
◾Methods of social research (PgDip only)
◾Regenerating cities and neighbourhoods
◾Sustainable housing development.

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within local government, housing associations and charities engaged in housing management practice. There are additional opportunities in the voluntary sector such as housing law, advice, and campaigning. The statutory sector also has a range of housing policy roles (central and local government). The qualification is recognised throughout the UK.

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Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career inhousing? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway in managing and developing housing. Read more
Are you interested in gaining a master’s qualification that will equip you for a professional career inhousing? This RICS accredited course includes a specialist pathway in managing and developing housing.

The first stage of this course will introduce you to key concepts and frameworks related to built environment disciplines. The second stage is specific to housing and will develop your ability to plan and develop housing developments, manage rented housing, ensure compliance with planning policy frameworks, and understand contemporary issues affecting the providers and users of housing.

The final stage will be a master’s dissertation that investigates an aspect of how housing professionals operate in complex and unpredictable environments.

The course is accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

You’ll study by flexible distance learning. Many of our students combine their studies with jobs in property, construction or a wide range of other industries.. We welcome people from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just surveying.

Learn From The Best

You’ll be taught by tutors who have many years of experience in the housing sectors. Their professional experience, combined with their on-going active research, will provide an excellent foundation for your learning.

The quality of their research has put Northumbria University among the UK’s top 30 universities for the percentage of research outputs in architecture and built environment that are ranked as world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Our reputation for quality is reflected by the range and depth of our collaborations with industry partners. These collaborations and links help inform our curriculums and ensure input from practitioners.

Teaching And Assessment

This is a distance learning course and you’ll learn through expertly written learning materials that help you engage with topics in interactive ways. Like other master’s courses there is a significant element of independent learning and self-motivated reflection.

The pace of the two-year course is controlled to make it easier for you to balance work, study and life commitments. We encourage online communities to flourish among all those taking the course, ensuring that you can interact with fellow students.

Assessments are designed to give you feedback as well as to monitor your level of achievement. You can expect both your tutors and your peers to provide useful comments and feedback throughout the course. Assessment is coursework based. There are no examinations.

Learning Environment

As a distance learner you’ll have full access to our eLearning Portal, ‘Blackboard Learn’, which includes web conferencing, study notes, discussion boards, virtual classrooms and communities. Blackboard Learn brings together all aspects of course management as well as assessment and feedback. You can contact tutors in other ways too, including by email and telephone.

You’ll also have online access to Northumbria’s library, which has half a million electronic books that you can read whenever or wherever you need them. Our library was ranked #2 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey for 2015 and, since 2010, it has been accredited by the UK Government for Customer Service Excellence.

Research-Rich Learning

As a master’s student you’ll develop your research skills to a new and higher level. Your research supervisor will help you submit a proposal for your master’s dissertation and then discuss its development through to completion in the final semester.

Northumbria’s strong research ethos is an essential aspect of how you will develop as a critical, reflective and independent thinker. Throughout the course your learning will be directly impacted by the teaching team’s active research.

We have a strong track record in housing policy and housing management research Our specialist interests also include innovation in place-making. Northumbria University is also known for Building Information Management and novel uses of computational modelling.

Give Your Career An Edge

The course meets a particular need for professional training for graduates who may not have studied housing at undergraduate level. During the course you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and skills you’ll need to work in housing. At the same time you’ll develop transferable key skills and personal attributes that promote employability and lifelong learning.

The dissertation in addition to the taught modules will promote your personal development and a range of interpersonal, intellectual and technical skills.

The course has the additional credibility of being accredited by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) for the purpose of graduate membership.

When it comes to applying for jobs and promotions, our Careers and Employment Service offers a range of resources as well as support that’s available online and on a one-to-one basis.

Your Future

This course will open up new opportunities in areas such as housing management, property development, and commercial property management.

The course could also lead you to a postgraduate research degree such as an MPhil, PhD and Professional Doctorate. If you decide to start up your own business, it’s good to know that the combined turnover of our graduates’ start-up companies is higher than that of any other UK university.

Whatever you decide to do, you will have the transferable skills that employers expect from a master’s graduate from Northumbria University. These include the ability to tackle complex issues through conceptualisation and undertaking research, the ability to contribute to new processes and knowledge, and the ability to formulate balanced judgements when considering incomplete or ambiguous data.

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Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter - the development of enough housing of the right type and quality in the most appropriate locations - is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the developed world have fully addressed. Read more

Shelter is one of the most basic human needs, but the provision of that shelter - the development of enough housing of the right type and quality in the most appropriate locations - is a challenge that few, if any, governments in the developed world have fully addressed. This MSc offers an interdisciplinary perspective on the 'housing question' in advanced economies, with core contributions from across the faculty.

About this degree

Students will develop appropriate design, analytical and presentational skills, and work on practical cases that test their capacity for creative thinking and problem-solving. The curriculum covers UK-specific policy and practice as well as a range of international case studies and globally relevant debates in the provision of housing.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules from across The Bartlett School of Planning or beyond, subject to approval (30 credits) and a dissertation/report (60 credits).

A Postgraduate Diploma, six core modules (90 credits), two elective modules (30 credits), full-time nine months, is offered.

A Postgraduate Certificate, four core modules (60 credits), at least three months full-time, is offered.

Core modules

  • Planning for Housing: Process
  • Planning for Housing: Project
  • Principles of Sustainable Housing Design
  • Low Energy Housing Retrofit
  • Economics and Finance for Housing Projects
  • Management of Housing Projects

Optional modules

  • Spatial Planning (for professional accreditation)
  • Critical Debates in Planning (for professional accreditation)
  • Or any other open MSc module in The Bartlett School of Planning, or the wider Faculty of the Built Environment

Dissertation/report

All students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation of 10,000 words

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, projects and problem-based learning. Assessment is through a mix of essays, group projects, problem-sheets, individual projects, classroom tasks and the dissertation.

Fieldwork

There is a field trip to continental Europe in the Reading Week of term two (February).

Travel and accommodation costs for the field trip are included in the programme fee.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Housing and City Planning MSc

Careers

There is a growing demand for our Master's graduates from a wide range of both public and private employers in the UK and overseas. Many have taken up posts in local and central government planning, others have moved into planning related consultancies. Past students have also found employment in numerous specialist sectors: in housing and transport, planning, urban regeneration and environmental agencies, public and private utility companies, and also in teaching and research.

Employability

As well as preparing students for careers in planning practice and housing delivery, all of our programmes offer an introduction to research and to key research skills.

Why study this degree at UCL?

Based in the heart of London, students are at the forefront of policy-relevant critical debate, empirical study and research-led teaching. The academic staff are multidisciplinary and are actively involved in shaping the theories and debates covered in their teaching. Our annual public lectures attract pre-eminent speakers from around the world and our student body has a broad international profile.

The Bartlett is the UK's largest multidisciplinary Faculty of the Built Environment, bringing together scientific and professional specialisms required to research, understand, design, construct and operate the buildings and urban environments of the future. The strong research focus across The Bartlett, and links to professional practice, feed into this programme, ensuring engagement with live issues and continual renewal of the subject material.

Students also have the opportunity to spend a period of the programme at a partner institution elsewhere in Europe, North America or Australia.

Accreditation

The programme is fully accredited by RICS so all students completing the full MSc are eligible for licentiate membership of the RICS.

The programme has 'specialist' accreditation from the RTPI so students who have an RTPI accredited undergraduate degree in planning who then complete this programme are eligible for licentiate membership of the RTPI (the 3+1 route).

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Bartlett School of Planning

81% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Whether you are a recent graduate in a related subject or you are a professional working in the field, this innovative course will investigate the latest issues and developments in housing, regeneration and urban management. Read more

Whether you are a recent graduate in a related subject or you are a professional working in the field, this innovative course will investigate the latest issues and developments in housing, regeneration and urban management. It is delivered in a vibrant city where investment and large-scale developments will offer scope to apply your knowledge and hone your skills on real-life projects.

You will develop expertise in leadership and management, community engagement and spatial planning, and you will learn to appraise and implement policy while keeping a critical eye on the contemporary housing and regeneration field. Taught through interactive seminars, your learning will benefit from the input of leading practitioners working in partnership with planners and urban designers.

You will be entitled to free student membership of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing, ensuring you will benefit from career guidance and networking opportunities from the moment you join the course.

You will be guided by staff with extensive hands-on experience in industry. Our Built Environment research team have contracts with the UK government and governments across Europe, as well as links with local authorities, social enterprises and leading housing companies, ensuring your learning remains current and up to date.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

PG Cert

  • Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy
  • Policy Implementation & Appraisal
  • Theoretical Contexts

PG Dip

  • Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy
  • Independent Learning Contracts: Urban Futures Project
  • Leading Partnerships & Change
  • Policy Implementation & Appraisal
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Theoretical Contexts

MA

  • Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy
  • Idependent Learning Contract: Urban Futures Project
  • Leading Partnerships & Change
  • Policy Implementation & Appraisal
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Theoretical Contexts
  • Research Methods
  • Dissertation

Job prospects

You will be able to progress your career with local authorities, development agencies, housing associations, voluntary sector organisations or enterprise partnerships. Our graduates have held senior management positions in local councils and for some of the country’s top housing companies, leading complex regeneration and development projects.

  • Planning Consultant
  • Regeneration Officer
  • Urban Renewal and Design Consultant
  • Conservation Officer


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A growing body of research calls for the recognition of the complex, multi-faceted and gender-specific nature of homelessness (Barrow and Lawinski, 2009; Mayock and Sheridan, 2012; Mayock et al, 2015a; Savage, 2016). Read more

A growing body of research calls for the recognition of the complex, multi-faceted and gender-specific nature of homelessness (Barrow and Lawinski, 2009; Mayock and Sheridan, 2012; Mayock et al, 2015a; Savage, 2016). This project will apply a gender lens to the issue of housing and homelessness in Ireland in order to:

  • evaluate if and how contemporary housing legislation and policies (e.g. the Housing Act, 2009; Rebuilding Ireland, 2016) in Ireland reflect and respond to the specific needs and realities of women at risk of and experiencing homelessness
  • examine how contemporary housing policies impact on the provision of services for women experiencing homelessness
  • distinguish between the experiences of women with and without children with respect to the provision of homeless and housing services.

Methodology proposed

The following qualitative research methods will be employed:

  • a discourse analysis of relevant housing policy
  • semi -structured interviews with housing service providers and advocacy organisations
  • semi -structured interviews with women accessing homeless services

Expected outcomes: (e.g. deliverables & strategic impacts)

  • Article in a social policy/gender studies journal (e.g. Critical Social Policy)
  • Conference presentation at Social Care Ireland
  • Policy recommendations on gender-sensitive housing policies


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This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Read more

This course is aimed at built environment professionals and others with a relevant background who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of planning and sustainable development, whether to improve career prospects in their country or enter international practice. Through the course you will examine the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities, regions and communities in a rapidly urbanising world, subject to growing climate change and other environmental, economic and social pressures and risks.

Based in London, you will have access to internationally recognised experience of spatial planning for sustainable development, and explore contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning in both the developed and developing worlds. The University of Westminster is the UK's first Habitat Partner University. We work with UN-HABITAT and like-minded institutions to promote the socially and environmentally sustainable development of towns, cities and regions, in accordance with the UN Millennium Development Goals.

This course addresses the growing problems of sustainable development facing cities and communities in a rapidly urbanising world. It explores contemporary theories, public policy thinking and good practice in planning that spans both developed and developing world contexts, and offers you the opportunity to explore one area of specialism in a related field in some depth.

Course pathways

There are two Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)-accredited pathways through the course. The Spatial Planning Pathway has a strong urban design component and an emphasis on the development planning process. The Urban Resilience Pathway provides a sustainable development-focused route with a core emphasis on climate change mitigation and adaptation planning. Both pathways cover all these aspects to some degree.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. Other modules with course-related learning outcomes may be taken subject to timetabling constraints and the agreement of the Course and Module Leaders.

Core modules – both pathways

Core module for Spatial Planning Pathway

Core module for Urban Resilience Pathway

Optional modules

Course accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) as a "combined planning programme". 

Career path

Students on the course are most likely to be working in a relevant built environment or sustainable development-related profession. Overseas students may be receiving a government bursary. Graduates from the course may secure promotion within their existing or a new related area of work, or move onto more responsible positions within 18 months of completing their studies. This may include management posts or the responsibility for project or policy development. It is expected that graduates will enhance their potential to be considered for development positions outside their home country.

Graduates from this course can expect to find employment as planners or urban designers, urban regeneration or environmental management specialists in private consultancy, local and national government, and non-governmental sectors in their own country or internationally, including international development agencies.



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This MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. Read more

This MA course will give you the knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to practise professionally as a spatial planner. It is designed to meet the growing employer needs for staff who can investigate changes in the natural and built environments, manage the challenges of climate change through sustainable development, and debate and critically reflect upon the knowledge and values underpinning current approaches to land use development. Completion of the MA course is the first step to become a full member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).

The course will support your personal and professional development. You will be able to work in the interdisciplinary and cross-sector environment of urban and regional development, in a variety of private, public and community contexts, and apply your knowledge to practise in specialist areas of planning. The course builds on the University's experience of delivering postgraduate courses in town planning for more than 60 years.

The course explores the current context and content of spatial planning. It does so from a UK and European perspective, and also investigates underlying theoretical debates.

If you want to gain a greater understanding of spatial planning, but do not want to study for a full Masters course, we also offer an Urban and Regional Planning Postgraduate Diploma and an Urban and Regional Planning Postgraduate Certificate. Scroll to the bottom of this page to find out more about these courses. 

Course structure

For the award of the MA students need to pass modules totalling 180 credits. MA students take all core modules and choose one specialist option module.

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules

Professional accreditation

On successful completion of the MA course students can become licentiates of the RTPI. After two years' experience in practice, they may make a submission for their Assessment of Professional Competence and, if successful, are then entitled to full RTPI membership.

Industry links

Visiting lectures are given by a wide range of external practitioners. The teaching team has extensive links with planning institutions including the RTPI and the Town and Country Planning Association. The course includes part-time students working in planning-related positions in private and public sectors.

Career path

Most of the students on the course are already in planning or planning-related posts. Full-time students graduating from the course as qualified planners will normally be offered planning positions in the public or private sector on graduation.

Examples of companies that have recruited our graduates include:

  • Belinda Greenwell
  • Graduate Planner, Savills UK
  • Marisa Teuma
  • Town Planner, Transport for London (TfL)
  • Yvonne Sampoh
  • Project Officer (Planning), Southwark Council
  • Kiran Curtis
  • Managing Director, Kiran Curtis Associates
  • Adam Hunt
  • Tottenham Planning and Regeneration Manager, London Borough of Haringey


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Gain the leadership skills to work in the fields of housing, urban and neighbourhood management and community planning. Your course will enable you to engage in place shaping, economic development, public service delivery and the governance of urban areas. Read more

Gain the leadership skills to work in the fields of housing, urban and neighbourhood management and community planning. Your course will enable you to engage in place shaping, economic development, public service delivery and the governance of urban areas. Using real-life companies and areas as case studies, you will examine the current issues affecting housing and regeneration and learn how to tackle them.

You will take part in group and individual projects to build on your current experience. This could include working in a parish council to organise a community plan, or helping an organisation to implement change management policies.

We will give you access to key players in housing and neighbourhood management, providing you with invaluable contacts after you graduate. 

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University's results for the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning unit, which it entered for the first time, were impressive with 37% of its research being rated world leading or internationally excellent.

Course Benefits

This course offers you practical, vocational training, combined with all the benefits of studying in a higher education environment. Your self-guided study helps you fit your learning in around your job, and you will have the advantage of one-to-one support from our committed tutors.

Studying our course will help you on your way to becoming a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Chartered Institute of Housing, providing you with a wealth of services, advice and networking opportunities.

Many of our staff have practical experience of working within industry, so they can provide real-life examples from the workplace to support your learning.

Core modules

  • Housing & Urban Regeneration Policy
  • Sustainable Communities

Job prospects

The course focuses on career advancement through personal development. You will have the opportunity to reassess your role and gain the specialist skills to move into a new area. We will enable you to produce solutions to modern urban challenges so you can enhance the work you are currently involved with.

  • Planning Manager
  • Heritage and Conservation Manager
  • Housing Development Officer
  • Regeneration Officer


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In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Read more

In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. The pace of urban change, and the challenge of making cities efficient, sustainable and meaningful, demands creative solutions to design and management. The Urban Design courses at Westminster provide a coherent approach to issues that face our cities, combining structured academic study with live design projects, allowing you to develop practical skills, a theoretical understanding and an informed approach to sustainable urban development.

Our Urban Design course is one of the largest and longest established in the UK. It enjoys an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly respected in the profession. Our students are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, from the UK, Europe, and across the globe. They range from recent graduates seeking to expand their skill base before commencing their career or those considering a shift from an allied profession, to established professionals seeking to specialise or develop a more informed critical approach. Our central London location allows you to interact with a huge variety of practitioners and organisations, as well as drawing on the city’s huge range of resources; you will be at the heart of the debate over the future of cities.

The course places a strong emphasis on design, practical outputs and a multidisciplinary approach. While focusing on UK examples, the lessons from the courses are applicable to a wide range of international and economic contexts. This flexible and student-centred approach is highly valued by former graduates and their employers. The course is delivered by staff with many years' experience in practice, education, training, research, and consultancy in the UK and overseas. Outputs from the course combine into a portfolio demonstrating your ability to deal with the complexities of urban design in a practical and informed manner.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules

Career path

Graduates of this course typically find employment as urban designers in private consultancy or local authorities. Many find the course useful when developing careers in architecture, planning or landscape architecture.



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This Specializing Master is organized by POLI.design, with the support of the Politecnico di Milano . Design School and . Read more

This Specializing Master is organized by POLI.design, with the support of the Politecnico di Milano Design School and the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano.

The Specializing Master in Social and Collaborative Housing. Planning, Designing, and Managing the Contemporary Habitat was launched to meet the growing need for general knowledge and professional skills in planning, designing, and managing contemporary forms of living that are based on policies and choices of social integration and collaboration. Social and collaborative housing refers to construction projects that include offering living accommodations, services, initiatives, and instruments aimed at those who are unable to meet their housing needs on the market, either because of lack of adequate supply or for financial reasons.

For more informations, visit http://www.polidesign.net/en/housing



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This programme develops key leadership and management skills for current managers and future leaders of organisations in the homelessness sector. Read more
This programme develops key leadership and management skills for current managers and future leaders of organisations in the homelessness sector.

The course was developed by the University's School of Business School in collaboration with the London Housing Foundation (LHF), who are sponsoring the course. LHF may consider sponsoring applicants from relevant areas of the public sector as well as the third/voluntary sector.

The course is primarily designed for appropriately experience and qualified staff in the homelessness and allied sectors. The course also enables you to make a study visit to a similar sector in another country through the support of the London Housing Foundation.

The course will run throughout 2017 on a part-time basis. There'll be an initial residential from Tuesday 24 to Thursday 26 January followed by a combination of weekly attendance (9 weeks) each Thursday afternoon and three two-day blocks (Thursdays and Fridays) during each Semester.

Modules

• Leadership and Management (20 Credits)

This module covers different concepts of leadership and management focusing on what might be considered the more appropriate styles in the homelessness and housing context. There'll be opportunities to evaluate your own individual and organisational competences and for skill development using in-depth reflections.

Assessment
100% coursework but with two elements as follows:

Element 1 (40% weighting) – two examples of high level reflections of your leadership or managerial performance
Element 2 (60% weighting) – an individual written assignment applying relevant theoretical concepts to your organisation.

• Introduction to Accounting (10 credits)

This module provides you with a knowledge of basic concepts and practices in accounting, an understanding of accounting requirements in third sector organisations and an appreciation of good practice in financial reporting.

Assessment
100% coursework based on a case study.

• Third Sector Organisational Development (20 Credits)

This module explores theories, techniques and knowledge in the area of Organisational Behaviour and People Management relevant to homelessness and housing organisations.

Assessment
100% Coursework but with two elements:

Element 1: (80% weighting) assignment based in students’ own organisation
Element 2: (20% weighting) individual presentation on recommendations from element 1.

• Governance (10 Credits)

This module enables managers, of third sector and other civil society organisations, to reflect on and understand the role of governance in ensuring accountability within their organisations.

Assessment
100% coursework: individual presentation on a governance scenario using digital story book.

The weighted pass mark across the modules 50%. Where there are multiple assessments, a 40% minimum pass on each element is a necessary condition of an overall pass. It's necessary to pass all the modules to be awarded the Postgraduate Certificate.

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In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Read more

In an increasingly urbanised world, there is growing international demand for urban design graduates. These courses will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to participate in this rapidly expanding profession. Urban design involves shaping the physical setting for life in cities. The pace of urban change, and the challenge of making cities efficient, sustainable and meaningful, demands creative solutions to design and management. The Urban Design courses at Westminster provide a coherent approach to issues that face our cities, combining structured academic study with live design projects, allowing you to develop practical skills, a theoretical understanding and an informed approach to sustainable urban development.

Our Urban Design programme is one of the largest and longest established in the UK. It enjoys an excellent reputation and our graduates are highly respected in the profession. Our students are from a variety of professions and backgrounds, including architecture, landscape architecture and planning, from the UK, Europe, and across the globe. They range from recent graduates seeking to expand their skill base before commencing their career or those considering a shift from an allied profession, to established professionals seeking to specialise or develop a more informed critical approach. Our central London location allows you to interact with a huge variety of practitioners and organisations, as well as drawing on the city's huge range of resources; you will be at the heart of the debate over the future of cities.

The course places a strong emphasis on design, practical outputs and a multidisciplinary approach. While focusing on UK examples, the lessons from the courses are applicable to a wide range of international and economic contexts. This flexible and student-centred approach is highly valued by former graduates and their employers. The course is delivered by staff with many years' experience in practice, education, training, research, and consultancy in the UK and overseas. Outputs from the course combine into a portfolio demonstrating your ability to deal with the complexities of urban design in a practical and informed manner.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules

Optional modules

Career path

Graduates of this course typically find employment as urban designers in private consultancy or local authorities. Many find the course useful when developing careers in architecture, planning or landscape architecture.



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