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Housing Studies

Subject Benchmark Statement

Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies.


Below you will find the full Subject Benchmark Statement for Housing Studies. Alongside it, we have also published a summary designed to provide a short and accessible overview of the main Statement for students, employers and academics. 


Subject Benchmark Statement: Housing Studies

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

Subject Benchmark Statement: Housing Studies - The Basics

Publication date: 30 Mar 2022

About this subject


Housing studies is a field of study, the starting point of which is a person or household’s fundamental need for a home within which they can live well and flourish. Housing studies links the notions of home, residential buildings and neighbourhoods, and the many activities, institutions and stakeholders involved in the provision of housing and housing-related services.


Housing studies is concerned with the production, consumption and exchange of housing in the market and social sectors, all in relation to the adequacy, affordability and security of housing for all citizens. Understanding the lived experience of housing includes the notions of housing rights, housing exclusion and homelessness, as well as the importance of housing as an individual and/or community asset and its potential as a financial investment and store of wealth.

Professor Isobel Anderson - Chair of the Advisory Group
Professor of Housing Studies, University of Stirling

This new guidance very much reflects the evolving context for Housing education and the increasingly rich evidence base which informs housing knowledge, practice and routes into the profession. The revised Statement has received considerable support from across the academic and practice communities, and I hope it will be widely utilised to sustain the UK’s position as an international leader in Housing education through continued innovation and excellence in course development and delivery.

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