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Course content

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.

Visit the Housing Studies - MSc/PGDip page on the University of Glasgow website for more details!

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