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Certificate in Housing Studies

Key Facts

  • Blended learning: self-directed study supported by one-day seminars at the IPA in Dublin
  • One academic year (September to March)
  • Accredited by UCD
  • Commences September
  • The cost of the programme is €900 per annum (includes all matriculation and examination fees)
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The Programme

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.

Is this programme for you?

The Certificate in Housing Studies will be 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 policy.

Programme Content

There are seven modules: 

  • Housing Services: Planning and Housing Strategies
  • Social Housing Support: Determining Need
  • Housing Supply and the Social Housing Investment Programme
  • Housing Administration (Allocation to Sales)
  • Sustainable Communities: Local Authorities and Good Estate Management
  • Regulation and Management of the Housing Sector
  • Housing Policy: Future Directions

Delivery and Assessment

This programme is designed for adult students who want to obtain a third-level qualification while also attending to their professional and personal responsibilities.  Students attend seven one-day seminars at the IPA in Dublin between September and March.  These seminars consist of presentations on policy objectives and regulatory requirements and workshops on implementation and best practice.  Between seminars, students study the course material provided.  


Assessment is based on course work and a final exam.


The Certificate in Housing Studies is accredited by University College Dublin, of which the IPA is a recognised college.

Fees, Enrolment Procedures, and Admissions

The programme fee is €900 (2016). This includes all matriculation and examination fees.

For further information or to book your place, please contact the IPA Undergraduate Office on  01 240 3600 or

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