Our innovative MSc Contemporary Alcohol & Drug Studies course adopts a critical social science perspective to explore the interplay between psychoactive substances and society across a range of areas. Our course will introduce you to a range of:
You will critically examine patterns of substance use across social groups and the contexts and consequences of substance-related harms for individuals, families and neighbourhoods.
You will also examine the social, economic and political influences on substances and their effects. In addition, you will compare and contrast the operations of the alcohol industry with the drugs economy and explore current debates on alcohol and drug law reforms nationally and internationally.
A Postgraduate Certificate, comprising Understanding Substance Use, Contemporary Responses to Substance Use, and The Politics of Drug & Alcohol Policy is available to study on a part-time basis over 9 months.
Our MSc provides you with the opportunity to engage in Work Based Learning (WBL) with a partner organisation in the drug and alcohol field, or in an academic research setting. A variety of external organisations are involved in our WBL, including:
Experiential learning is an important feature of our course, allowing you to apply elements of class based learning to the work place. If you are keen to pursue a career in research or doctoral study, the option to participate in a research WBL experience based within the university is offered. This focuses on the further development of academic research and writing skills.
"Being a clinician, I found that the course helped broaden my knowledge base and my views. The reading material for the first year modules was particularly interesting. The experience of conducting a research study with an experienced supervisor was invaluable."
Saket Priyadarshi, Clinician
Our MSc qualification comprises of six 20-credit modules at SCQF Level 11 and the completion of the MSc Dissertation, in which you undertake an independent research project and present your findings in a thesis.
Teaching and Assessment
A range of teaching, learning and assessment methodologies are used, including:
Our postgraduate course emphasises inquiry-based learning where you are encouraged and supported to develop your critical thinking and communication skills by engaging with your peers in class based and online group work. You are also supported to develop your independent and autonomous learning activities. The modules employ a range of assessment methods and formative exercises with timely feedback to assist you in developing and deepening your knowledge and skills.
The assessments cater for a range of learning styles and skills, and include:
A wide variety of employment options in the drug/alcohol services (in the statutory/voluntary sectors) and in broader youth and social care professions will be available when you graduate.
If you are already employed in services our MSc confers a specialist knowledge of theory and contemporary evidence-based developments in the field and is useful for career advancement and continuing professional development.
Following graduating with an MSc, you may wish to apply to study for a PhD in Alcohol & Drug Studies.
"In 2004 I was enrolled as a PhD student in Alcohol and Drug Studies at the University looking at normative beliefs and 'binge' drinking among University students. I was also a Tutor on one module. Prior to this I spent 9 months working for Greater Glasgow Health Board as an Assistant Psychologist in the adolescent deliberate self-harm service. I successfully completed my PhD in June 2008"
Dr John McAlaney
This MSc in Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy policy specialising in Regulatory Sciences from the University of Western Cape and Healthcare Learning was developed to address the urgent need for trained and skilled professionals working on the regulation of medicines. This course gives you the required knowledge about current regulatory issues in the drug development and pharmaceutical industry in emerging markets such as China, South Africa, India, Russia and Latin America. Our online deliver is designed to allow busy professionals around the would the time and freedom to gain an accredited masters degree without taking time out from your career.
This programme is designed for professionals in the pharmaceutical industry who wish to gain a deep understanding of drug registration and the regulation of medicines already on the market. It is also suitable for recent graduates in relevant disciplines who wish to enter the pharmaceutical industry.
The programme consists of eleven separate modules plus a research project and is completed over 2 years. It is delivered online through a combination of downloadable multimedia-enhanced lectures, live online tutorials and self-directed study. There are also optional onsite sessions for leadership and negotiation and ethics modules.
Today’s criminals are more sophisticated than those of the past, engaging the latest technologies to commit—and get away with—illegal acts.
Modern criminal justice professionals must be equally as savvy to stay at the forefront of the ever-changing landscape of domestic and international crime. In Walden’s online Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice program, you will study a unique blend of criminal behavior theory along with technology, homeland security, and management skills applicable to the challenges facing the law enforcement community. You will evaluate the root causes of crime and their impact on criminal justice practices and procedures and analyze how law enforcement, courts, and corrections function and interact at the local, state, and federal levels.
If you are a criminal justice professional interested in gaining the skills necessary to assume a more senior role or to transition into a second career as an educator or consultant, then an alternative master’s degree in criminal justice may be right for you. Consider Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice Leadership and Executive Management program.
The online Master’s in Criminal Justice program helps prepare its graduates to:
Find detailed information for the general specialization of this program, or all other specializations of this program, including possible occupations, completion rate, program costs, and median student loan debt.
Walden’s MS in Criminal Justice program offers a General Program as well as a variety of specializations to help you meet your personal and professional goals.
Graduates of the program will be well-prepared for a number of occupations across an array of areas, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and probation. Possible job titles include:
Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a MS in Criminal Justice.
Career positions may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Explore the multi-faceted subject of international security and gain fresh and leading perspectives, working with internationally renowned academics.
International security has evolved enormously in the last 15 years, with terrorism, human and drug trafficking and territorial and sovereignty disputes adding an extra layer of complexity to the traditional security challenges of states.
This course offers a distinctive focus on security issues, looking at politics and policy-making in the contemporary international arena, and the role of Europe and the European Union within it.
You'll gain a deep insight into the diverse dimensions of international security, unpacking the practices and challenges of different governments and organisations and exploring how these relate to research and policy-making.
Studying this at Bath provides a unique opportunity to work with internationally renowned experts who are leading the debate on both traditional and non-traditional security issues.
With expertise across a wide spectrum of topics - including borders in South East Asia, the American drone strikes in Pakistan, biological and chemical weapons, rising powers and global governance - you'll gain new perspectives on this complex subject area.
You'll leave with:
This course is for students with a degree in an appropriate subject, such as public policy, government, international affairs, international relations, history or sociology. It's also suitable for professionals who want to specialise in security issues, whether you're working in an NGO, government or the private sector, or other relevant fields such as commerce, industry and teaching.
This course lasts 1 year. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.
These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.
These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.