Education Courses

IPA Certificate in Housing Studies (Module 3)

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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.

Delivered by:

Institute of Public Administration

57-61 Lansdowne Road
Dublin 4
D04 TC62

Telephone: (01) 2403666
Web site:


1 day (7 days in total)

Application Deadline
September 2017

Key Facts

This education programme contains seven modules spread out over an academic year; it commences in September 2017 with the final module taking place in March 2018 and is followed by an exam in April 2018

Who Is It For?

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.

Delivery Method

This is a part-time course delivered through blended learning. Students attend seven one-day seminars at the IPA campus in Dublin between September and March

Course Content

The Certificate in Housing Studies includes seven subjects:

Housing Studies: Planning and Housing Strategies.
Social Housing Support: Determining Need.
Housing Supply and the Social Investment Programme.
Housing Administration.
Sustainable Communities: Local Authorities and Good Estate Management.
Regulation and Management of the Housing Sector.
Housing Policy: Future Directions.

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


UCD accredited. Level 6 (Minor award).

Lunch provided

Parking available

Handout/Notes Provided

Note On Costs

The programme fee is €900. This includes all matriculation and examination fees.

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