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About the course

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:

  • Cross disciplinary theories and concepts
  • Descriptions and effects of psychoactive substances
  • Patterns of consumption
  • Approaches to treatment and relevant policy debates
  • Politics of alcohol and drugs policy

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

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Entry Requirements

You are required to hold an upper second class honours degree in social science or equivalent (2:1 or above). In particular circumstances you can use evidence of relevant professional experience to support applications. You must demonstrate - via portfolio, extended written application letter, and if deemed necessary by the course leader, an entrance interview – that you have sufficient professional or practiced based experience to undertake their chosen course of study.



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