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Housing Studies (MA/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

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.

This professionally-oriented course will extend your professional knowledge and ability to perform at a senior level in the housing and housing-related professions.

The Masters element requires the submission of a 20,000 word dissertation in the third year. You'll be expected to attend a series of three research workshops (as well as individual supervision). The learning style is designed to provide tutor group support through discussion, as well as directed reading and regular progress meetings between students and supervisors.

You'll study different planning systems and develop your planning skills within a comparative context and visit a European country to investigate its planning practices - currently students visit Amsterdam in the Netherlands. In the past visits have included Barcelona, Bucharest and Venice.

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

Housing Studies PgDip

You can also choose to study the PgDip for six modules; Full-time (12 months) or part-time (24 months).

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/housing-studies-ma


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:
- The new housing professional
- Housing law
- Running the social business
- Planning for housing

Year 2:
- 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. The full Masters course is accredited as fulfilling the academic requirements for the Chartered Institute of Housing. 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.

The Chartered Institute of Housing was granted a Royal Charter in 1894, it provides opportunities for learning about and improving housing.

Visit the Housing Studies (MA/PGDip/PGCert) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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