MA in Housing and Society

London South Bank University

Programme Description

MA in Housing and Society

London South Bank University

Are you senior professional and decision maker in the housing profession? Are you ambitious and looking to achieve a high-level position in the sector? This Masters-level course focuses on focuses on contemporary housing-related policy and strategic issues, such as climate change and sustainability, politics, concepts of social justice and international housing.

6 reasons to study here

  1. High-level strategic policy content:
    Focus on policy rather than on housing practice, equipping you with a framework for understanding the economic and political context of the UK housing market as well as issues of sustainability and social justice.

  2. Personal and professional growth:
    Students taking the course are likely to be tenant activists, housing association board members, civil servants, senior professionals and others who are looking for a policy rather than practice-based focus course of study.

  3. Residential field study visit:
    Visit the Netherlands to explore the role of housing in different national contexts and the relevance and usefulness of international comparison.

  4. Flexible study modes:
    Delivery modes to suit all needs, from a full-time study to part-time and distance learning modes to best suit busy working professionals.

  5. Taught by experienced academics and practitioners:
    with national and international reputations, who contribute to public policy debate and publish original research.

  6. Global perspective:
    Be part of an academic community dedicated to social justice and global responsibility - with an inspiring schedule of guest speakers, events, volunteering opportunities and exchange of ideas.

This Masters covers

  • the political context of the UK housing market, including the devolved politics of the four countries, and its relevance to ideas of social justice
  • the changing historical visions of social housing; analysis of how this representation impacts and reflects on the development of modern housing, design, and provision
  • the impact of climate change on the UK housing market: housing’s contribution to the achievement of a low carbon economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals are explored, including the use of sustainable technologies, renewable energy sources and retrofitting within the domestic housing market
  • the interplay of politics and economics in the determination of housing policy and housing outcomes
  • the relationship between housing, health and social care policy and the impact on housing organizations and professional practice
  • the role of housing in different national contexts and the relevance and usefulness of international comparison.

Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus
Part-time 2 years September Southwark Campus


  • Politics, housing, and social justice
  • Representations of housing
  • The housing market and climate change
  • The political economy of housing markets
  • Housing, health, and social care
  • Comparative housing and study visit (Netherlands)
  • Dissertation


Students taking the course are likely to be tenant activists, housing association board members, civil servants, senior professionals and others who are looking for a policy rather than practice-based focus course of study.

Each module has been specifically designed to provide you with professionally relevant knowledge which will enhance your opportunities for career advancement and personal professional development.

You'll develop your personal and professional skills:

  • Drawing on material and resources from a from the contemporary housing policy fields in developing evidence-based arguments
  • Relating to and interacting effectively with individuals and groups
  • Presentation and influencing skills
  • Awareness of the realities of housing markets and the practical consequences faced in implementing particular policy decisions
  • Developing evidence-based and logical approaches to interpretation and argument

In the dissertation you are required to undertake a piece of independent research, respecting a given deadline. You are expected to identify a suitable research topic, articulate appropriate aim and objectives, to develop and apply an appropriate research methodology and to develop their argument in a clear and informed way. All of these skills are highly valued by employers.

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At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

Staff recognizes the maturity and autonomy of postgraduate students. The course is designed to emphasize opportunities for students to initiate and progress their own work, drawing on their work experience and previous academic work, in small group teaching, seminars, workshops, field-work, case study analysis and group projects.

In the early parts of the course, there is a predominance of teaching by formal lectures. This then gives way to a progressively larger proportion of student contact hours taking the form of a seminar, project, workshop and other less formal and more participatory methods.


Lectures are devoted to an exposition of a topic in order to provide a firm basis for further student study. More that one member of staff is usually involved in the module lecture programme, whether to extend the range of topics, or to introduce variety, or to present contrasting perspectives. Guest lecturers augment the teaching of specific subject areas with their specialist knowledge and practical expertise.


Seminars are largely student-led and designed to allow students to present papers and discuss their findings, with staff guidance.


Tutorials are used as the point when individuals or small groups of students need guidance on term papers, their research project, and specialist options.


Workshops are designed to pool knowledge and experience already gained. Projects are used when students need to work in groups to acquire skills and experience in specific tasks and for the development of specific management skills.

Use of blended learning

Use of blended learning that makes full use of the Moodle VLE to access, search for information and data, as well as and requiring participation in Discussion Boards. On-line tutorials will enable enhanced skills development in self-managed scholarly activity and support more traditional teaching methods. Although currently based on traditional classroom-based delivery, the development of a distance learning version, using Moodle is being explored.

Study visit

The course includes a European study visit, usually to the Netherlands, to provide the opportunity for informed comparison between the UK and elsewhere.

Entry requirements

In order to be considered for entry to the MA Housing and Society applicants will be required to have the following qualifications:

  • Honors degree in a related social science discipline, with a 2:2 classification or above
  • exceptionally, non-graduates who can demonstrate substantial (usually at least five years) experience at a senior level in housing or a built environment related or complementary discipline.

These criteria are guidelines; candidates who can demonstrate their suitability for the course in other ways will also be considered.

Students taking the course are likely to be:

  • tenant activists
  • housing association board members
  • civil servants
  • senior professionals
  • and others who are looking for a policy rather than practice-based focus course of study.

All modules are subject to change by the university and may differ from the modules you are offered during your studies.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated September 8, 2018
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 2019
1 - 2 
Part time
Full time
7,500 GBP
Full-time UK/EU fee: £7500; International fee: £13125. Year 1 Part-time UK/EU fee: £3333.33; International fee: £5833.33
United Kingdom - London, England
Start date : Sept. 2019
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