Studying in autumn 2020 during coronavirus

Advanced Private Sector Housing Regulation

Module code PRS 4117
Level 7
Credits 15
Fees £975
Start date April 


This module is designed for those working in local authority private rented sector housing teams, across a range of professional backgrounds involved in regulating the private rented sector. It will help enhance your regulatory and associated knowledge and skills to deliver more effective strategies and interventions from initial inspection through to successful regulation. You will investigate the complex relationships between housing, health and safety and develop your leadership and effective partnership skills by working in the application and evaluation of legislative and wider remedies, applying correct evidential procedure in this dynamic policy area.

Taught by experienced lecturers and a selection of expert practitioners at our Hendon campus in London, this module uses a variety of teaching and learning methods and innovative resources to help develop your skills and competencies as a front line private sector housing regulator.

Upon successful completion of module you will receive written confirmation from Middlesex University. You should note that this module does not form part of our MSc Environmental Health and completion of the module does not enable enrolment onto the Masters course.

Course content

In this module you will cover the main legal requirements for housing, health and safety in privately rented housing, and understand the practical application of this knowledge. The syllabus will focus around:

  • Housing, public health, health, safety and well-being
  • Practical housing inspection to evaluate domestic living conditions
  • Building construction, dilapidation and obsolescence
  • Housing Act 2004, Housing and Planning Act 2016 and associated legislation and regulation, principles in applications, roles and responsibilities
  • Strategic approaches to the private rented sector including licensing, Houses in Multiple Occupation and principles of Housing Health and Safety Rating System
  • Tenants’ rights, advice and options, and landlords rights and obligations
  • Stakeholders and effective partnerships in private rented housing; organisations, agencies and roles; professional behaviours, negotiation and communication
  • Gathering and presenting criminal and civil evidence in private sector housing cases


This module is highly interactive and you will be expected to invest at least 72 hours outside of the ‘formal’ teaching and learning sessions and work experience. You will complete formative assessments each week and actively participate during your local authority work experience which will be signed off by the employer.

There are three parts of the summative assessment, each of which must receive a pass grade.

  1. An environmental health housing portfolio demonstrating knowledge and application of law and practice from inspection to preparation for a case together with critical reflection incorporating theory and evidence of effectiveness
  2. A group presentation reviewing and providing solutions to challenges faced during the work experience
  3. A signed proforma confirming 48 hours of active engagement and successful work experience.

Teaching dates

Teaching will take place at our Hendon campus on the following days:

Week 1Thursday 23 April9.00am to 12.30pm (half day)
Week 2Thursday 30 April 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Week 3Friday 15 May 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Week 4Thursday 21 May9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Week 5Thursday 4 June 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)
Week 6Thursday 11 June 9.00am to 5.00pm (full day)

How to apply

This module course is only open to those who have achieved successful study at Undergraduate level (Level 6) or demonstrable equivalent. This module is suitable for a range of officers with skills and experience working within a local authority regulatory context, including trading standards, housing need, planning enforcement, building control as well as those already working in environmental health.

Once the next available intake is confirmed you will be able to apply via this page. Please note before applying you will need to have secured a local authority work experience opportunity during which time you should actively participate in developing your coursework as detailed above.

This module is no longer accepting applications. For further information, please contact the module leader Dr Jill Stewart.

Fees and funding

The fees below refer to the 2019/20 academic year unless otherwise stated.

  • £975

You will have academic and practitioner tuition and support, access to the online Moodle shell and module materials, library and databases as well as a Kortext book.

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