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The Professional Diploma in Housing Studies—the first course of its kind in Ireland— has been developed to provide an in-depth and analytical treatment of social and supported housing. Housing studies is a field of immense importance in Ireland and elsewhere. The provision of social and affordable housing and of different types of housing supports and rental assistance are key parts of the modern welfare state. Such provision is complex, however, and affected by economic and social considerations, legislation, and broader policy frameworks.

It is vitally important that those interested in housing studies—whether they work in local authorities, government departments, the voluntary and advocacy sectors, relevant state bodies or elsewhere—have expertise in the prevailing theories, the recurring issues and the contentious problems that define the contemporary housing studies field in Ireland and abroad. This professional qualification, which can be taken from anywhere in the country, will furnish participants with that expertise.

Professional Diploma in Housing Studies

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Key Facts

Delivery Method

The programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students attend a combination of in-person seminars at the IPA and online webinars. Students are supported in their studies by bespoke course material and online resources. There are seven seminars, delivered by  a team of both IPA and  external housing specialists.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess the Certificate in Housing Studies (accredited by IPA/UCD/NUI) or equivalent qualification. 

Duration

One academic year

Accreditation

NUI

Place on NFQ

Level 8 (Special Purpose award) what is this?

Commences

October 2022

Application Deadline

September 2022

Fees

€1,500 (including all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

Note: Fees may increase slightly from year to year. Where this occurs, students will be charged the increased fee.  

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The Programme

The Professional Diploma in Housing Studies—the first course of its kind in Ireland— has been developed to provide an in-depth and analytical treatment of social and supported housing. Housing studies is a field of immense importance in Ireland and elsewhere. The provision of social and affordable housing and of different types of housing supports and rental assistance are key parts of the modern welfare state. Such provision is complex, however, and affected by economic and social considerations, legislation, and broader policy frameworks.

It is vitally important that those interested in housing studies—whether they work in local authorities, government departments, the voluntary and advocacy sectors, relevant state bodies or elsewhere—have expertise in the prevailing theories, the recurring issues and the contentious problems that define the contemporary housing studies field in Ireland and abroad. This professional qualification, which can be taken from anywhere in the country, will furnish participants with that expertise.

Is This Programme for you?

The programme has a very broad appeal. Participants may have a personal interest in housing studies or may have professional responsibilities that would be well-served by a discrete qualification in this area. Those with a professional interest in housing often work in local government, in the civil service, in state or voluntary bodies or in advocacy organisations especially concerned with the provision and management of housing services. Whether they work in management, administrative or technical positions, this professional diploma will meet their needs by providing a comprehensive introduction to housing studies in Ireland. 

Subjects

This Professional Diploma covers the following topics: 

  • Supported Housing in Ireland: Social, Affordable and Homeless Services
  • Evolution of Housing Policy
  • Housing and the Welfare State
  • The Housing Market and Role of the State
  • The Regulatory Framework
  • Housing Management and Reform Agenda
  • Future Directions of Housing Policy 
Assessment

Assessment is based on  continuous assessment and end-of-year exams. 

Seminar Dates
Timetable
Seminar 1 In-person seminar

Wednesday 28 September 2022

Seminar 2 Online webinar

Wednesday 26 October 2022

Seminar 3 Online webianr

Wednesday 23 November 2022

Seminar 4 Online webinar

Thursday 8 December 2022

Seminar 5 In-person seminar

Thursday 19 January 2023

Seminar 6 Online webinar

Thursday 16 February 2023

Semiinar 7 In-person seminar

Thursday 9 March 2023

Examination

April 2023 (date to be confirmed)

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IPA programmes are part time and generally delivered through a blended learning model.  Students attend classroom-based seminars and online webinars and are supported in their studies by a wide range of course material. Full details on how a particular programme is delivered, including timetables, are provided on registration.

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