Education Courses

Certificate in Housing Studies (IPA) ***Application Deadline September 2021***

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The Certificate in Housing Studies provides housing practitioners, students of public policy and anyone with an interest in housing with a comprehensive introduction to housing services and policy in Ireland. A part-time, accredited programme, it responds to a palpable need among staff working in local authorities and in voluntary and co-operative housing organisations for a greater understanding of the major issues in public/social housing.

The Certificate in Housing Studies is of huge benefit to housing practitioners, in both generalist and technical positions, in local authorities and approved housing bodies. It provides a system-wide induction to public/social housing—an area of huge national importance—in a practical and applied manner. The programme will also appeal to anyone working in related areas who would like to understand the evolution of housing policy in Ireland and the work of those bodies responsible for the delivery of housing services.

Students enrolling in the Certificate in Housing Studies may wish to consider applying for The Housing Agency’s Housing Education Bursary. Details are available here.

Delivered by:

Institute of Public Administration

57-61 Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4
D04 TC62

Telephone: (01) 2403666
Web site:


1 academic year

Application Deadline
September 2021

Key Facts

The Certificate in Housing Studies includes seven modules:

- Housing Studies: Statutory Framwwork
- Access to Supported Housing
- Affordable Housing and Social Housing Investment
- Housing Management
- Sustainable Communities
- Regulation of Housing Sector: AHBs and Private Rental
- Housing Policy: Future Directions

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Students will attend scheduled webinars and access a range of course material. Further details will be provided on registration.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum of grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. However, applicants that are over 21 on the calendar year of entry may also enter the programme without that requirement.

Evaluation Method(s)

Assessment is based on course work and a final examination.


National University of Ireland (NUI) accredited (Level 6 on NFQ)

Note On Costs

The programme fee is €990. This includes all matriculation and examination fees.

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