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A unique programme tailored to incorporate work based issues with emphasis on the continuum of housing practice-policy-academic analysis and debate.


Study Housing Studies at Ulster University in the United Kingdom.

Housing is a multidisciplinary field of study which cuts across a range of academic perspectives, public policy agendas, and government departments/agencies. Located within the School of the Built Environment the Postgraduate and Masters programmes explore many topics that relate to the study of housing, including: analysis of the public policy framework; economics; law; management and leadership studies; housing management and policy; construction and procurement; planning, placemaking and urban design; regeneration and sustainability; sociology; politics and the environment. The course also enables students to fulfil the educational requirements of the professional qualification of the Chartered Institute of Housing, leading to full Corporate Membership.

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About this course

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This programme aims to produce graduates with the skills and knowledge needed tp pursue / further a career in housing. An understanding of the evolving political, economic, and institutional landscape, as noted above, is an integral part of this. The aim of the programme is to ensure students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to satisfy the needs of the housing sector, and also the requirements of the Chartered Institute of Housing. The programme has a record of attracting high ranking individuals from within the housing profession who see the benefit of taking a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus to their studies. These multi and interdisciplinary components are delivered by staff with expertise and experience of the subject area. The strong links with the profession ensures that students have the on-going opportunity to engage and debate contemporary and critical issues with other sector professionals.


The post graduate diploma is studied part-time and will normally take 2 years to complete. Typical study load per module: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours at seminars and 114 hours of independent study.

The Masters is one year (over 3 semesters) and includes 15 hours with an allocated supervisor and 585 hours of independent study.

Start dates

  • September 2016
How to apply

Entry conditions

We recognise a range of qualifications for admission to our courses. In addition to the specific entry conditions for this course you must also meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements.

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Entry Requirements

An Honours degree or non-Honours degree (plus at least one year’s relevant work experience)


an equivalent standard in a postgraduate certificate, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or an approved qualification


The Graduate Foundation Course in Housing

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for international applicants
The minimum requirement for this course is Academic IELTS 6.0 with no band score less than 5.5. Trinity ISE: Pass at level III also meets this requirement for Tier 4 visa purposes.

Ulster recognises a number of other English language tests and comparable IELTS equivalent scores.

Teaching and learning assessment

A range of teaching and learning methods are used in the programme to encourage you to adopt a knowledge seeking attitude; to build up confidence inyour own ability to learn; to encourage reflection and to make reasoned judgements based on available evidence. Teaching, learning and assessment methods on the programme have been carefully devised to promote active and student oriented learning; and to enable students to become critical lifelong learners. Teaching and learning methods will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, self-directed study, and site visits, where appropriate. Other methods include e-learning, group projects and peer-learning. The assessment methods aim to assess achievement, both formatively and summatively over the whole of the programme. A variety of methods will be used to develop communication abilities including oral and visual presentation

Careers & opportunities

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Career options

On completion of the programme, professionals are prepared for a career in an environment encompassing the administrative, financial and policy/practice aspects of housing, in local authorities and other public sector housing organisations, housing associations and private sector housing organisations. Students who complete the postgraduate diploma may decide to undertake the MSc in Housing Studies.


Applications to our postgraduate courses are made through the University’s online application system.

How to apply

Start dates

  • September 2016

Fees and funding

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Fees (total cost)

Important notice - fees information Please note fees displayed are for 2017/18 Academic Entry. Fees are correct at the time of publishing. Additional mandatory costs are highlighted where they are known in advance. There are other costs associated with university study.

Additional mandatory costs

Tuition fees and costs associated with accommodation, travel and normal living are a part of university life. 

Where a course has additional mandatory expenses we make every effort to highlight them in the online prospectus. These may include residential visits, field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering) inoculations, security checks, computer equipment, uniforms, professional memberships etc.

We aim to provide students with the learning materials needed to support their studies. Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. Computer suites and free wifi is also available on each of the campuses.

There will be some additional costs to being a student which cannot be itemised and these will be different for each student. You may choose to purchase your own textbooks and course materials or prefer your own computer and software. Printing and binding may also be required. There are additional fees for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines. Additional costs vary from course to course. 

Students choosing a period of paid work placement or study abroad as part of their course should be aware that there may be additional travel and living costs as well as tuition fees. 

Please contact the course team for more information.


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