Education Courses

Professional Diploma in Housing Studies (module 2)

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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.  It is vitally important that those interested in housing studies have expertise in the prevailing theories, recurring issues and the contentious problems. This professional qualification  will furnish participants with that expertise.

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 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.

Delivery Method

Distance Learning supported by attendance at weekday seminars/workshops at the IPA in Dublin.

Course Content

This Professional Diploma covers the following topics:

The Housing Market: affordable housing, public housing and rental assistance.
Issues for the Welfare State: social protection and the provision of housing services.
Housing policy in Ireland in a comparative context.
Public Policy Making: from social problems to housing outputs and socio-economic outcomes.
Housing Acts 1966 - 2009: the regulatory framework for housing in Ireland.
The provision of social housing support in Ireland: the roles of public, private and voluntary sectors.
The future direction of housing policy.

Entry Requirements

Applicants require a Leaving Certificate with a minimum grade C in two higher level papers and grade D in four other subjects. The papers passed must include Irish, English and a third language.


Mature students (students over 21 on January 1 of the calendar year of entry) may enter a programme without the above qualifications.

Evaluation Method(s)

Assessment is based on a combination of continuous assessment, assignments and end-of-year exams.


UCD accredited. Level 8 (Special Purpose award).

Lunch provided

Parking available

Handout/Notes Provided


Note On Costs

€1,250 (including all matriculation and examination fees), payable in one or two instalments.

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