Education Courses

Professional Diploma in Housing Studies (IPA) ***Application Deadline September 2021***

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The Professional Diploma in Housing Studies—the first course of its kind in Ireland— has been developed to provide an in-depth and analytical treatment of social and supported housing. Housing studies is a field of immense importance in Ireland and elsewhere. The provision of social and affordable housing and of different types of housing supports and rental assistance are key parts of the modern welfare state. Such provision is complex, however, and affected by economic and social considerations, legislation, and broader policy frameworks. It is vitally important that those interested in housing studies—whether they work in local authorities, government departments, the voluntary and advocacy sectors, relevant state bodies or elsewhere—have expertise in the prevailing theories, the recurring issues and the contentious problems that define the contemporary housing studies field in Ireland and abroad. This professional qualification, which can be taken from anywhere in the country, will furnish participants with that expertise.

The programme has a very broad appeal. Participants may have a personal interest in housing studies or may have professional responsibilities that would be well-served by a discrete qualification in this area. Those with a professional interest in housing often work in local government, in the civil service, in state or voluntary bodies or in advocacy organisations especially concerned with the provision and management of housing services. Whether they work in management, administrative or technical positions, this professional diploma will meet their needs by providing a comprehensive introduction to housing studies in Ireland.

Students enrolling in the Professional Diploma 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

This Professional Diploma covers the following topics:

- Supported Housing in Ireland: Social, Affordable and Homeless Services
- Evolution of Housing Policy
- Housing and the Welfare State
- The Housing Market and Role of the State
- The Regulatory Framework
- Housing Management and Reform Agenda
- Future Directions of Housing Policy

Delivery Method

For the academic year 2021-2022, the programme is delivered through a blended learning model. Via the IPA’s online learning portal, students will access comprehensive course material and attend scheduled live webinars. Students will be able to virtually meet their fellow classmates on forums and exchange experiences and views.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should possess the Certificate in Housing Studies (accredited by IPA/UCD/NUI) or equivalent qualification.

Evaluation Method(s)

Assessment is based on continuous assessment and end-of-year exams.


National University of Ireland accredited (Level 8 on the NFQ)

Note On Costs

The programme fee is €1350. This includes all matriculation and examination fees.

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