Successful completion of the taught modules leads to a Postgraduate Diploma. In addition, successful completion of a dissertation will result in the award of MA. There is an emphasis throughout on comparative housing studies, focusing on the different countries in the UK as well as elsewhere, and students have the opportunity to take part in field study visits during their studies.
The programme is informed by current research and practice with a special focus on sustainability. Staff teaching on the programme are mainly housing specialists with close connections to practice.
Year 1 Modules
BE0789 The Housing System (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE0790 Partnership and Regeneration (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE0802 Housing Management (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE1005 Organisational Development and Strategic Management (CORE, 20 Credits)
BE1032 Sustainability: Policies & Practices (CORE, 10 Credits)
BE1034 Delivering Change (CORE, 10 Credits)
BE1035 Housing Project (CORE, 10 Credits)
BE1101 Research: Ethics, Theories and Methods (CORE, 10 Credits)
BE1102 MA Dissertation (Housing) (CORE, 60 Credits)
This programme is fully accredited by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) which describes Northumbria University as a centre of excellence. The programme has been designed to meet the full academic requirements for membership of the CIH. When students who have successfully completes the postgraduate diploma have sufficient professional practice experience they need only subsequently undertake the CIH's professional practice element (APEX) for full membership (which confers the designation MCIH).
The School of the Built Environment has entered into a Partnership with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) to promote excellence in teaching and the surveying profession. This means that students graduating with the MA and in employment will be eligible to begin the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence.
This is an excellent time to consider a career in housing. A skills shortage has been identified in the sector at the same time as the British Government has appointed a Housing Minister to sit in Cabinet for the first time in 20 years. It is therefore anticipated that demand for housing professionals, which is already high, will continue to grow and opportunities for career progression have never been greater.
For full-time students the programme is recognised as providing professional training, and mature students may be eligible for Career Development Loans.
Students on this full-time course study at the University for two semesters and then those who elect to take the MA are offered advice and supervision for their dissertation over the summer months.