Local Government

Certificate in Housing Studies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

This is a part-time course delivered through blended learning. Students attend weekday seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin between September and March.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. However, applicants that are over 21 on the calendar year of entry may also enter the programme without that requirement. 


One academic year



Place on NFQ

Level 6 (Minor award) what is this?


September 2018

Application Deadline

September 2018


The programme fee is €900. This includes all matricualtion and examination fees. 

Note: This programme is eligible for funding via the Housing Agency's Housing Education Bursary Scheme. See the Other Information section below. 


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Is This Programme for you?

The Certificate in Housing Studies is of huge benefit to housing practitioners, in both generalist and technical positions, in local authorities and approved housing bodies. It provides a system-wide induction to public/social housing—an area of huge national importance—in a practical and applied manner. The programme will also appeal to anyone working in related areas who would like to understand the evolution of housing policy in Ireland and the work of those bodies responsible for the delivery of housing services.  


The Certificate in Housing Studies includes seven modules:

  • Housing Studies: Planning and Housing Strategies
  • Social Housing Support: Determining Need
  • Housing Supply and the Social Investment Programme
  • Housing Administration
  • Sustainable Communities: Local Authorities and Good Estate Management
  • Regulation and Management of the Housing Sector
  • Housing Policy: Future Directions

Assessment is based on course work and a final examination. 

Other Information

Bursary Scheme - 50% Fees Paid

Applicants can apply, as part of the Housing Agency's Housing Education Bursary Scheme, for a bursary to fund 50% of the fees for this programme.

Applicants can apply for a bursary by filling out the bursary application form and submitting it to the Housing Agency. They should also fill out the IPA application form, including a note that they have applied for the Bursary.

The closing date for the Bursary Scheme is Wednesday 22nd August, 2018 (noon). Application form below:





Seminar Dates

Please note that tutorial/examination dates may be subject to change. 

Tutorial 1

Friday 14 September 2018

Tutorial 2

Friday 19 October 2018

Tutorial 3

Friday 23 November 2018

Tutorial 4

Friday 7 December 2018

Tutorial 5

Friday 18 January 2019

Tutorial 6

Friday 15 February 2019

Tutorial 7

Friday 8 March 2019

April 2019 (date to be advised)



Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 / 2019

Full details of IPA undergraduate programmes are also available in our prospectus, which can be viewed or downloaded here.

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