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Addiction Studies MSc/ PG Cert

Course Description

The MSc Addiction Studies provides postgraduate education in addictions, focusing upon recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction, and its effective prevention and treatment. Theoretical evidence is positioned within the context of policy development, while emphasis is placed upon facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace.


• Provides advanced graduate education in the field of addictive behaviours, with an emphasis upon supporting students to embark upon further higher study or to translate their learning into their workplace.
• Provides students with access to the expertise of leading addictions researchers and senior clinicians.
• Flexible modular structure with optional modules covering science, practice, policy and management in the addictions.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/addiction-studies-msc-pg-cert.aspx

Course Detail

- Description

The Addiction Studies course is designed for students and professionals interested in the conceptualisation, treatment and prevention of addictive behaviours. It provides a widely recognised qualification with an integrated multi-disciplinary teaching and learning approach to the problems of use, dependence on alcohol, nicotine and other psychoactive drugs, and other addictive behaviours.

The course recognises that its students come from a variety of backgrounds with the goal of extending their theoretical knowledge and practical skills beyond those related to the subjects that they studied at undergraduate level. For example, a nurse or youth counsellor may wish to increase their knowledge of molecular biology or psychopharmacology, while psychology graduates may wish to increase their knowledge and familiarity with treatment options. It is for this reason that our course starts with introductory modules that ensure all students, regardless of their background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts that underlie the clinical, scientific and public health aspects of addiction before they embark on individual research and a more rigorous exploration of these areas.

- Course purpose

The purpose of the course is therefore to equip graduates, clinicians and others for the next stage of their career within the field of addictions.

- Course format and assessment

MSc and PGCert students will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials. For a full list of required and optional modules, time spent on study and assessment criteria please see the course details section of our website http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/addiction-studies-msc-pg-cert.aspx

Career Prospects

Our graduates follow a variety of careers, including clinical specialist/director, positions in local or national organisations requiring understanding of policies dissemination at local, state, national and/or international level, manager of addictions services, drug worker, substance misuse nurse specialist, psychology assistant, research assistant, or undertake further study, such as PhD or the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Find out how to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Addiction Studies MSc/ PG Cert page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

If applying to the MSc: Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in either medicine or psychology; or in any subject related to the addictions. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.(View Website)

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