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MA-PgDip-PgCert Housing Policy and Practice

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  • Objectives
    This course equips you for various careers including work in • housing management • development and housing policy • local authorities • housing associations • private consultancies • urban regeneration projects • Arms Length Management Organisations (ALMOs) Opportunities are diverse and varied. You may work with tenants and residents’ groups developing local community initiatives or move into managerial posts with responsibility for multimillion pound contracts. Career progress is excellent. People have accelerated their career progression after graduating and taken up senior positions in borough councils locally in Rotherham, Barnsley, Wakefield and Sheffield and further afield in London and throughout the UK.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry requirements A related degree or relevant professional experience. A commitment to a career in housing is also important. Minimum IELTS score 6.5
  • Academic Title
    MA/PgDip/PgCert Housing Policy and Practice
  • Course description
    Whether you are a graduate looking for your first job or you are already working and looking for a career change, the housing profession offers you a stimulating and rewarding career working with and helping people. A postgraduate qualification in housing gives you a head start in that career.

    If you are already working in housing, you will have experienced the pace of change affecting the housing profession. A postgraduate qualification helps you develop new skills and knowledge that make you more effective in your present position and improve your career prospects.

    You study the relationships between housing and its social, economic, political and cultural context. You gain the skills to research housing-related issues and to evaluate and carry out policy changes.

    You work with other urban professionals such as planners and urban regeneration professionals.

    12 week placement
    All full-time students, without experience of working in a housing organisation must take a 12 week unpaid placement. This is arranged by the University. During that time, your placement tutor will visit you to discuss progress with you and your employer. This placement is linked to the developing professional practice module.

    Course content

    Postgraduate certificate
    • understanding neighbourhoods and partnerships • economy, society and sustainability • housing law, policy and management • professional management skills • developing professional practice

    Postgraduate diploma
    Core modules
    • financial policy and management

    Optional modules
    • housing and community care • consultancy project • organisational management • comparative policy and practice • housing development and regeneration • neighbourhood management • community safety • geographical information systems • global perspectives on regeneration • project management

    MA
    • applied research methods • dissertation

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