The taught modules can be completed by day release in 21 months over two academic years, requiring attendance of up to 30 days per year, usually one day per week per term. Normally the Diploma would be fully completed in 24 months and the Masters within 36 months.
The School offers this taught postgraduate day release course to provide a high quality vocational course to meet the needs of those currently employed in the housing profession. The course is aimed at practitioners who are working in housing within the public, independent and private sectors. Most students are sponsored by their employers.
The course is designed on a modular basis covering the educational requirements of the Chartered Institute of Housing, combining lecture and seminar based teaching, with an integrated programme of practical and theoretical study, and a clear progression from the first year to specialisation in the second year. All other modules are continuously assessed through essays, reports, project and group work.
The course is taught over two years. The first year modules are:
• Housing Policy and Finance
• Housing Management Practice
• Business Management for Built Environment Professionals
• Research Methods, Evaluation and Information Sources
• Housing Law
• Governance and Participation
Modules for year two are:
• Design and Development
• People and Organisational Management in the Built Environment
• Strategic Management and Housing Finance
• Housing Policy and Prospects
As specialist routes:
• Development Process or Housing Management
With options in:
• Healthy Housing, Healthy Communities or Community Planning
Following the taught course, supervision for either the:
• Diploma Professional Report or MSc Dissertation
Students can complete the required Diploma Professional Report for submission in September or continue to work on their Report or MSc Dissertation for submission in the following April. Students on all modes start in early October.