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Housing Courses

Housing Programmes at DMU

Applications for the following housing programmes are currently being accepted:

Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies delivered in partnership with the Chartered Institute of Housing

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Postgrduate Diploma in Housing Studies - leading to the MSc - delivered by the CCHR teaching team at DMU

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Year 1 - leading to PgCert Housing Studies

Context of Housing: in this module you will analyse the role of housing organisations within a wider explanation of the social, political and economic context as well as within a broad explanation of the legal framework and governance structures.

Housing Organisations: seeks to develop business management concepts and techniques by looking at customer services, managing staff, finance and value for money, collaborative working, leadership, ethics and professionalism.

Year 2 - leading to PgDip Housing Studies

Housing Research: develops research skills relevant for the workplace and helps to prepare students who are doing their dissertation

Theories of Housing: appeals to students who want to consider the wider theoretical picture and to start to reflect more deeply

Housing Markets and the State: focuses on the operation of housing markets, the role of the State and the reasons for government intervention

Public Services and the Customer: allows students to look in more detail at the needs of housing customers through data and insight

Year 3 - leading to MSc Housing Studies

Housing Dissertation: for the MSc qualification, you must undertake a dissertation, providing an invaluable opportunity to work in depth on a particular aspect of the housing sector (in its broadest sense). You will need to apply and enhance technical knowledge and critical awareness in a subject of your choice.


Programme Leader

Ros Lishman

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Student Perspectives

Read Stan Hall's views about studying with CIH and CIH for the PgCert Housing Studies: The Level 7 can fit around you - not the other way around.



 Stacey Stephens

MSc in Housing Studies graduate

“Deciding to complete a postgraduate course to further my career in housing is the best decision I could have made.  When I started the course, I was working for a housing association as a neighbourhood officer but didn’t have a housing qualification.  As the course was online, I was able to fit my studies in around my demanding full time job and by the end of the course, when I found out that I had passed my master’s with distinction, I felt confident enough to apply for a managerial position within the same housing association.  I now work as a Business Improvement Manager, which involves reviewing policy, procedure and processes and implementing changes to drive performance improvement across our operations directorate.

“Taking my MSc at De Montfort University allowed me to complete research on a topic I am really passionate about: professionalism and the housing sector.  My tutor - assigned to me because of her extensive knowledge in my chosen field - was there to provide constructive feedback throughout.  Completing my dissertation on this topic really inspired me to make a difference, so I decided to apply for a position on the Chartered Institute of Housing South East Board.  It’s now been a year since I was elected and I know none of this would have been possible if it wasn’t for completing my MSc.  I am also thrilled that my research had been referenced in a CIH study on frontline housing roles.”


Student Prize Winners - January 2017

  • Leicester Business School Prize for the Best Student Performance on MSc Housing Studies: Emma Leggott

Student Prize Winners - July 2016


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