The School of the Built Environment's new postgraduate MSc Housing & Real Estate programme has been given unconditional five year accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH).
Professional housing education is changing and the School of the Built Environment is at the forefront of this change. Over the past year the School has developed a new Housing and Real Estate MSc/PG Diploma programme which has just accepted its first students.
The new programme has been developed to address the changing market for housing education and to bridge the increasingly artificial boundary between the private and social housing sectors in delivery and management of affordable housing.
This wider coverage sets the new programme apart from the previous programme and from most other housing courses across the country.
After a recent validation visit the CIH announced that it would accredit the Part Time and Full Time Housing and Real Estate programme for five years with no conditions. The CIH went on to say: "The panel thought that the course is an excellent programme aimed at Housing professionals who are seeking a broad based qualification with the opportunity to gain an understanding of a commercial theme €¦"
The CIH view fits well with the School's ambition that the programme will open up career opportunities throughout the housing and real estate field as a whole, rather than directing students towards social or market provision. The programme also covers international housing systems, providing students with opportunities for theoretical and comparative studies; increasing the international relevance of the programme which is also available through Independent Distance Learning.