Taught course

Housing Studies

De Montfort University · De Montfort University

Entry requirements

You should have a related first degree. Certain degrees and HNCs provide an obvious link to housing qualifications such as social policy, social sciences, politics, human geography, law, estate management, and building. Others are not so relevant such as science and maths. However, there are a large number which fall within these two extremes but require more in-depth evaluation, such as English literature, languages, accountancy, and humanities.

Those with substantial housing experience will be considered on individual merit. Non-related degree holders, who do not have significant practitioner experience, will normally be required to undertake the one year conversion course at level four run by the CIH for applicants with a non-cognate degree. If you have other relevant experience and/or qualifications you may be admitted to the course at the discretion of our admissions team.

Months of entry


Course content

This flexible, distance learning course has been developed to reflect the important role of housing organisations in a changing political and economic environment. Housing has a key role to play in the lives of individuals and communities and this course aims to equip housing professionals to deal with challenges facing the sector. The course incorporates the professional qualification route to Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) membership.

You can also choose to exit early with a Postgraduate Certificate upon successful completion of 60 level seven credits or with a Postgraduate Diploma after 120 level seven credits over two years.

  • Flexible schedule
    The online nature of the course fits in with a busy professional life and complements some of the issues they will be facing in their workplaces while broadening their focus
  • CIH membership
    This course incorporates the professional qualification to CIH membership in the first year core modules. A key feature of the course is the development of your theory and research skills in year two and the opportunity to use work-based examples in assignments and as a method to reflect on the curriculum
  • Excellent student experience
    You will benefit from the experience of both the DMU associate lecturers, who work with the CIH, and expert staff at the Centre for Comparative Housing Research
  • Boost your potential employability
    95% Business and Law postgraduates are in employment or further education within 6 months of completing their course (DLHE, 2014/15)

Fees and funding

UK students
Please contact the Chartered Institute of Housing for current fees
International students
this course is not available for international students

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Qualification and course duration


distance learning
12 months


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
36 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Business & Law
0116 250 6070
+44 (0)116 250 6255