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Housing Studies PG Cert

Benefit from the experience of both the De Montfort University associate lecturers, who work with the Chartered Institute of Housing, and expert staff at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research.

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Reasons to study Housing Studies at De Montfort University:

This flexible, distance learning course has been developed to reflect the important role of housing organisations in a changing political and economic environment. Housing has a key role to play in the lives of individuals and communities and this course aims to equip housing professionals to deal with challenges facing the sector. The course incorporates the professional qualification route to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) membership.

Upon successful completion of 60 level seven credits you will be rewarded with a Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies. There may also be an option to progress on to an MSc qualification; however this is subject to sufficient numbers enrolling onto the programme.

  • Flexible schedule
    The online nature of the course fits in with a busy professional life and complements some of the issues they will be facing in their workplaces while broadening their focus
  • CIH membership
    This course incorporates the professional qualification to CIH membership in the first year core modules. A key feature of the course is the development of your theory and research skills in year two and the opportunity to use work-based examples in assignments and as a method to reflect on the curriculum
  • Excellent student experience
    You will benefit from the experience of both the DMU associate lecturers, who work with the CIH, and expert staff at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research
  • View the course leaflet.
  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Start date: September 2018

Duration: 8 months

Location of study: Online Learning

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

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Key facts for international students

This course is not available to international students.

Entry criteria

Entry criteria

To be considered for admission to this programme applicants should normally:

• have completed a first degree


• be working in either a paid or voluntary capacity inhousing.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience or are fully qualified as a member of another professional body may be admitted onto the programme at the discretion of the University’s Programme Leader.

There are no opportunities on this programme of study to apply for Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) or Recognised Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL).

Applications are welcomed for individual modules which can be taken as standalone for continuing professional development, however, both modules have to be successfully attained for CIHCM.

You will be asked to provide evidence of your qualifications and your experience of working in the housing sector as part of the application process.

English language

English language requirements: IELTS 6.0, including 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessment

Teaching contact hours


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.


As an online distance learning student, you will be supported throughout your studies.

At the beginning of the programme, during the online induction, you will be provided with a brief introduction to the course and information on how it is delivered, structured and assessed. You will also be advised of the support you will receive from the CIH team.

On an ongoing basis:

• You will be allocated an CIH academic tutor who will offer you support throughout your course via email and telephone
• Your tutor will mark your assignments and give you feedback, as well as providing you with advice and support on any academic issues
• You will be supported by CIH learning team andalsoyourpersonaltutor at DMU. They will offer guidance when personal or work-related problems arise which may affect your studies
• You will be able to communicate and share ideas with other students via CIH's e-learning site, Moodle.

This programme is assessed by coursework only.

This is an online distance learning programme and the overriding student-learning experience is guided self-study. For each module of study you will be provided with a set of online materials to work through. One 30 credit module requires approximately 300 hours of personal study.

Facilities and features

Hugh Aston Building

You will be taught in the Hugh Aston Building, which was purpose-built at a cost of £35 million.

Students benefit from a dedicated law environment complete with its own mock courtroom, client interviewing room and an integrated law library.

Facilities also include lecture theatres and classrooms with capacities ranging from 50 to 250 people, break-out spaces for group work, quiet study zones for individual work and a large number of high-spec IT labs, some of which are installed with professional software.

The Newarke café in Hugh Aston provides Costa Coffee as well a range of snacks and refreshments.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Opportunities and careers



This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.


Graduate careers

Our students on this programme are already in housing jobs, but graduates find themselves promoted in the industry to management and senior level jobs.

DMU Open Evenings

Our next postgraduate open evening takes place on Wednesday 14 March 2018, 4pm - 6.30pm. Book your place today. 

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How to apply

Contact CIH to find out more on how to apply for this course.

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We are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study, which is why we offer the Vice-Chancellor’s 2020 Scholarship. This gives DMU graduates a tuition fee discount of up to 50 per cent on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate courses, based on academic achievement and merit. Find out more.


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The perfect way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of the postgraduate open evenings or events that take place all year round. If you can't visit the university in person, you can also sign up for one of our online chats. Find out more.


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If you are unable to visit the university in person, we hold regular events where you can chat online with an adviser. Find out more.


Research at DMU

Discover The Centre for Comparative Housing Research (CCHR), located within the Business School’s Department of Politics and Public Policy.

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