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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

A blend of distance learning and attendance at weekday seminars/workshops at the IPA in Dublin.

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

September 2019

Application Deadline

September 2019

Fees

€1,250 (including all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments. 

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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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: 

  • The Housing Market: affordable housing, public housing and rental assistance 
  • Issues for the Welfare State: social protection and the provision of housing services 
  • Housing policy in Ireland in a comparative context 
  • Public Policy Making: from social problems to housing outputs and socio-economic outcomes 
  • Housing Acts 1966 - 2009: the regulatory framework for housing in Ireland 
  • The provision of social housing support in Ireland: the roles of public, private and voluntary sectors 
  • The future direction of housing policy
Assessment

Assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment, assignments and end-of-year exams. 

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.

https://www.housingagency.ie/News/Housing-Agency-Housing-Education-Bursary-2018-2019.aspx

Seminar Dates

Tutorials take place at the IPA campus, 57-61 Lansdowne Road, Dublin D04 TC62. Please note that tutorial/examination dates may be subject to change. 

Tutorial 1

September 27, 2019

Tutorial 2

October 25, 2019

Tutorial 3

November 29, 2019

Tutorial 4

December 13, 2019

Tutorial 5

January 24, 2020

Tutorial 6

February 21, 2020

Tutorial 7

March 13, 2020

Examination March/April 2020 (date to be advised)

 

Prospectus

Undergraduate Prospectus 2019 / 2020

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

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