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  • Objectives
    The purpose of the MA Housing and Inclusion is to give students the opportunity to obtain relevant skills and knowledge, including students either working or seeking to work in the fields of specialised and supported housing provision. Students will study housing law and finance, some aspects of housing management, the policy and context of social housing and approaches to regeneration. Students will also focus on the needs of tenants, who increasingly constitute a disadvantaged and excluded population. You will also evaluate approaches to empowerment, inclusion and support. The course will also equip you with the knowledge and skills appropriate to working in partnerships with many organisations and with appropriate generic skills to work on managing a wide range of housing and support activities. Students will have the opportunity to draw upon the highly respected research-based expertise and specialist knowledge within the Department of Applied Social Sciences in areas such as housing-based community regeneration, the housing needs of refugees and asylum seekers, victims of domestic violence, the elderly, the homeless and people with mental and physical health problems. Students will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills in public sector management or community development. An application has been made for accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the main professional organisation for social housing practitioners.
  • Entry requirements
    The standard entry requirement for the course is a good honours degree or equivalent. However, applicants who do not meet this requirement but have substantial experience in a relevant area of employment may also be considered and are therefore encouraged to apply. In these circumstances applicants may be asked to present a portfolio of written work.
  • Academic Title
    MA Housing & Inclusion
  • Course description
    Course structure

    The course consists of four core modules and two optional modules, plus sa dissertation of 12,000 - 15,000 words or an exercise in project management.

    Core modules:

    -Housing and regeneration
    -Housing Law, Finance and Management
    -Advice Empowerment and Customer Care
    -Research Methods for Regeneration, or
    -Project Management

    Optional modules:

    -Community Development
    -Regeneration and Economic Development Policy
    -Social Structures and Policies
    -Public Services: Policy and Strategy
    -Mental Health Promotion
    -Refugees and Human Rights
    -Violence Against Women: Issues Research and Policy
    -Perspectives of Ageing
    -Measuring and Monitoring Performance
    -Debt and consumer Advice
    -Managing Public Services
    -Developments and Management in Community Care
    -Sustainable communities
    -Managing Self and Others 

    Possible Interim Awards
    Postgraduate Diploma in Housing & Inclusion or a Postgraduate Certificate based on three modules that can be related to a student or employers special needs or interests.

    Students are assessed through a range of methods, including written reports, essays, group and individual presentations, class tests and examination.

    Career opportunities
    Organisations responsible for housing provision are becoming increasingly specialised and are focusing on specific functions. Social housing has moved from a mainstream tenure of choice to one that provides for those experiencing some kind of disadvantage, disability or marginalisation from society. This means that an increasing number of tenants have need for specialised help or support. There are likely to be a growing number of posts in housing requiring the sorts of specialist skills and knowledge that this course will provide.

    Attendance & duration

    Full-time: one year, 2 days and possibly one evening per week or equivalent
    Part-time (day and eve): two years, 1 day and possibly one evening per week or equivalent

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