The MSc in Housing and Professional Practice is aimed at students who are practicing or wish to practice within the UK and will be able to meet the practical experience requirement of corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) (400-600 hours) by the end of the course. This means that it is not available to overseas students who do not have such experience. It is recommended that non-UK based students consider the MSc in International Housing, which is more appropriate for those wishing to practice in developing countries.
2-year Full-time Programme (with placement): For the full-time programme, students are normally sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government in conjunction with a Welsh Housing Organisation. Currently only students who are British citizens are eligible. Students take a range of core and option modules in the first semester. Following this they undertake a housing practice placement for a twelve month period, commencing in February. The following February they return for a further semester, taking a range of core and option modules, and completing a dissertation by September. The supervised work placement is primarily spent with the sponsoring organisation and will provide the relevant practical experience required for corporate membership of the CIH.
2-year Part-time Programme: For the part-time programme, Students are normally sponsored by their employing organisation. Students are expected to attend University on a day release basis, September - June, over two years and should anticipate spending 40 days at the University in the first year of study and 42 days in the second year. This includes day release, examinations, attendance on the annual induction programme for new and returning students and a number of half-day seminars in the second year in preparation for the test of professional practice. Students study a range of core and option subjects, and a dissertation will normally be completed by the December of the second year.
Special features of this course:
* The MSc in Housing and Professional Practice is professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH). Embedded within the course is a test of professional practice that confers eligibility for full corporate membership of the Chartered Institute of Housing on successful completion of the taught element of the programme (Diploma).
* All other features of this course are the same as the MSc in Housing, although it is not yet recognised as a specialist masters by the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI).