Housing Studies MSc/PgDip

Housing Studies [MSc-PgDip]

The MSc and PgDip in Housing Studies allows you to examine the national and international contexts for the development of housing systems, policies and practices, and provides a framework for discussing the development, financing, and management of housing with an emphasis on social rented housing in the United Kingdom. This emphasis supports the provision of skills and knowledge needed by housing professionals in direct service delivery, management, and policy work. These professionals form the core intake of this established programme and who benefit from its external validation by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).

Key facts

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
  • PgDip 9 months full-time; 21 months part-time
  • Contact: Mr Nigel Sprigings: Nigel.Sprigings@glasgow.ac.uk

Why Glasgow

  • If you are working or seeking to work in the social housing sector in the UK (or in a closely related field), this programme has been designed for you.
  • The programme is validated by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH), and can meet all the academic requirements for membership of the professional body for students with work experience.
  • The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time or modular study. These are designed to suit all needs, whether you are studying full-time or balancing your professional and personal commitments.
  • There is significant input from industry, including teaching on some courses, guest lectures and seminars.
  • We are widely recognised as one of Europe's leading centres of urban research. In the most recent independent review of research quality (RAE 2008), Urban Studies at Glasgow was rated in the UK’s top ten.

Programme structure

The course is structured around core and optional courses, many of which are shared with other postgraduate programmes within Urban Studies, facilitating interaction with professionals seeking qualifications in related fields.

The programme is very flexible and you can complete the courses through full-time, part-time and modular study. Most courses use weekly lectures and seminars to introduce students to the topic, the key concepts, debates and relevant theories. Students undertake guided readings as a substantial element of the work on the course assignment. Teaching and learning methods are intended to exploit the rich potential this offers to learn together in a participative environment.

The programme employs a range of teaching and learning approaches including field trips and film, as well as lectures and tutorials to link systematic academic thinking and cutting-edge international research to professional practice and work experience.

For part-time students the programme is designed assuming 1 day a week attendance over 2 years; for full-time students these two teaching days are attended over 1 year. Students may wish to spread study over a longer period and can do so through the modular route.

Core courses:

  • Foundations of housing management
  • Housing contexts
  • Scottish housing law
  • Professional practice ethics and management
  • Governance and markets for housing
  • Development process
  • Understanding housing markets
  • Graduate school dissertation methods course  (for MSc students only).

Optional courses:

  • Housing inequality and society
  • Sustainable housing development
  • Designing places
  • International urban challenges
  • Evaluating evidence and policy
  • Regenerating cities and neighbourhoods
  • Other courses may be available.

Background and Aims

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Entry requirements

for entry in 2014

A first degree in a relevant subject. Applicants without a first degree, with relevant professional experience may be accepted with fewer qualifications. Please contact the programme director to discuss.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of foundation courses.

International students with academic qualifications below those required should contact our partner institution, Glasgow International College, who offer a range of pre-Masters courses.

Further information regarding academic entry requirements: student.recruitment@glasgow.ac.uk

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL: 92; no sub-test less than 20
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): B minimum
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): C minimum
  • PTE Academic (Person Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the Language Centre Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

FAQs

What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's Language Centre offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office: pgadmissions@glasgow.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2014-15 (subject to change and for guidance only)

MSc

Home and EU
Full time fee£6650
Part time 20 credits£739
International
Full time fee£13750

PgDip

Home and EU
Full time fee£4433
International
Full time fee£9167

Funding opportunities

Career prospects

Career opportunities exist within local government, housing associations and charities engaged in housing management practice. There are additional opportunities in the voluntary sector such as housing law, advice, and campaigning. The statutory sector also has a range of housing policy roles (central and local government). The qualification is recognised throughout the UK.

How to apply

We ask that you apply online for a postgraduate taught degree. Our system allows you to fill out the standard application form online and submit this to the University within 42 days of starting your application.

You need to read the guide to applying online before starting your application. It will ensure you are ready to proceed, as well as answer many common questions about the process.

Additionally, applicants to this programme should note the following:

  • If you do not have a first degree, you should upload a blank document when asked for academic qualifications/certificates
  • One reference letter will be sufficient. This can be from an employer.
  • If uploading a sponsor letter from your employer, this should mention the following: ‘will pay all tuition fees charged in [academic year].’

Guide to applying online

Do I have to apply online for a postgraduate taught degree?

Yes. To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We are unable to accept your application by any other means than online.

Do I need to complete and submit the application in a single session?

No. You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process. You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload additional documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

What essential documentation should I have available before I start my application?

As well as completing your online application fully, it is essential that you submit the following documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • Two supporting reference letters on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English Language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

Do my supporting documents need to be submitted online?

Yes, where possible, please upload the supporting documents with your application.

What if I am unable to submit all of my supporting documents online?

If you cannot upload an electronic copy of a document and need to send it in by post, please attach a cover sheet to it that includes your name, the programme you are applying for, and your application reference number.

You may send them to:

Recruitment & International Office
71 Southpark Avenue
Glasgow
G12 8QQ
Fax: +44 141 330 4045

Can I email my supporting documents?

No. We cannot accept email submissions of your supporting documents.

What entry requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

You should check that you have met (or are likely to have met prior to the start of the programme) the individual entry requirements for the degree programme you are applying for. This information can be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab on each individual programme page, such as the one you are viewing now.

What English Language requirements should I have met before applying? Where can I find them?

If you are an international student, you should also check that you have met the English Language requirements specific to the programme you are applying for. These can also be found on the ‘entry requirements’ tab for each specific programme.

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately, they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.
  • References: Please provide the names and contact details of two academic references. Where applicable one of these references may be from your current employer. References should be completed on letter headed paper and uploaded on to your application.

Standard application deadlines

  • International applications (non-EU) 25 July 2014
  • UK and EU applications 29 August 2014

Classes start September 2014 for most courses and you may be expected to attend induction sessions the week before. 

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