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The Chartered Institute of Housing is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards

Postgraduate certificate in housing studies (Level 7)

The deadline for registration for this course is 28 August 2017.

 Postgraduate qualification

The Level 7 Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies will help prepare you for the challenges of senior management roles in the future. It also opens the doorway to a further two years of study, leading to an MSc in Housing Studies. 

The programme covers two units:

  • Context of housing
  • Housing organisations

How will the course benefit me and my organisation?

This course will help you to become more confident in your role by providing you with a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of housing theory and practice, within the wider political and economic context in which housing organisations operate. Qualifications at this level will provide you with a deeper understanding of how your organisation (and others in the housing industry) work, and will provide a further base for developing your career.

Employers will find that staff completing a qualification at this level will have:

  • A broader and deeper set of skills and knowledge
  • An increased ability to respond to organisational change
  • A deeper understanding of the social, economic and political context within which housing organisations operate

The Postgraduate Certificate in Housing Studies helps to develop highly qualified, professional workers, with the skills required to perform in a senior management capacity.

member logo When you register to study a CIH qualification you receive CIH membership for no extra cost for the duration of your course, giving you access to a wealth of guidance, support and practical advice as well as a network of housing professionals.

Who can apply?

This programme is a route to CIH Chartered membership.  It is offered in collaboration with De Montfort University which means that students will also receive a University award on successful completion of the programme.

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 in housing for the duration of the course.

Applicants with other relevant qualifications and experience or who 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 (PREL).

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 requirements: IELTS 6.5, including 5.5 in each component (or equivalent).

What does the course cost and how long does it take?

Course cost: £2,500

Duration: 12 months with approximately 10 hours of study per week.

How to apply

  • Apply online using the 'Book' button below. This will register your place on the course and allow you to make payment or request that we invoice your employer. You do not need to fill in the dietary requirements section of the registration - as this is an online course, there are no face-to-face sessions. Following registration, you will be contacted by a member of the CIH housing academy team to set up your CIH membership, which is free for the duration of your course.

  • Call our team on 024 7685 1789 or email us if you'd like to discuss whether this is the right course for you.



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