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About the course

This flexible, distance learning course has been developed to reflect the important role of housing organisations in a changing political and economic environment. Housing has a key role to play in the lives of individuals and communities and this course aims to equip housing professionals to deal with challenges facing the sector. The course incorporates the professional qualification route to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) membership.

Upon successful completion of 60 level seven credits you will be rewarded with a Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies. There may also be an option to progress on to an MSc qualification; however this is subject to sufficient numbers enrolling onto the programme.

•Flexible schedule
The online nature of the course fits in with a busy professional life and complements some of the issues they will be facing in their workplaces while broadening their focus
•CIH membership
This course incorporates the professional qualification to CIH membership in the first year core modules. A key feature of the course is the development of your theory and research skills in year two and the opportunity to use work-based examples in assignments and as a method to reflect on the curriculum
•Excellent student experience
You will benefit from the experience of both the DMU associate lecturers, who work with the CIH, and expert staff at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through formal lectures, informal seminars, tutorials, workshops, discussions and e-learning packages. Assessment will usually be through a combination of individual and group work, presentations, essays, reports and exams.

Graduate careers

Graduates of our housing courses find themselves promoted to a variety of different posts at management and director level – not just in housing organisations, but across the public and private sectors.

Course modules

•Context of Housing: in this module you will analyse the role of housing organisations within a wider explanation of the social, political and economic context as well as within a broad explanation of the legal framework and governance structures.

•Housing Organisations: seeks to develop business management concepts and techniques by looking at customer services, managing staff, finance and value for money, collaborative working, leadership, ethics and professionalism.

Note: all modules are subject to change in order to keep content current

Visit the Housing Studies PGCert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!

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