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Delivered online, 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

This year’s programme is delivered online, so students do not need to travel to the IPA campus in order to study toward a third-level qualification. They will be connected with the course components, IPA staff, and fellow learners no matter there they live.

Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material and attend regular live webinars, where lecturers will present material, engage with student questions and enable discussion. Students will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Accessing and using the online content will be a straightforward affair; students will not anything beyond standard ICT skills. The IPA will provide comprehensive guidance and support.

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 2020

Application Deadline

September 2020

Fees

€1,350 (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

Delivered online, 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 a combination of continuous assessment, assignments and end-of-year exams. 

Other Information

Please note that both the IPA’s Certificate and Professional Diploma in Housing Studies programmes have been selected by the Housing Agency as programmes eligible for funding from their bursary scheme for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year. Queries relating to the bursary scheme should be sent directly to training@housingagency.ie.

Click here for details/application form for the Bursary Scheme.

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Undergraduate Prospectus 2020 / 2021

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