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MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Applied Psychology (Addictions)

Course Description

This course will equip you with valuable insights into topics including the psycho-pharmacology of addiction, the recent interest in addictive behaviours and the wide ranging implications of addiction for society.

You'll find the course particularly relevant if you are working in the NHS or healthcare independent sector, including addiction clinics, and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of substance misuse and dependence, and other addictive behaviours.

Visit the website: http://www.salford.ac.uk/pgt-courses/applied-psychology-addictions

Course details

The aim of this course is to enable you to develop a detailed knowledge and critical understanding of applied psychology in the context of addiction and addictive behaviours. You will consider psycho-pharmacological and biological mechanisms underpinning drug action and dependence, the more recent conceptualisation of behavioural addictions, and the broader social context of addiction.

The full-time route is structured over 12 months and comprises three 10 week semesters. In semester 1 and 2 you will complete two taught modules in each semester. In semester 3 you will complete your dissertation under the supervision of one of the course tutors. If you choose to follow the part-time route you will complete the course over three years, completing two taught modules in each of the first two years and the dissertation in your third year.

The dissertation module on this course will also give you the opportunity to pursue an area of applied psychology and psychological therapies directly related to your own work or interest.


This course is taught using a mixture of approaches including the following:

•Video presentation
•Research seminars and workshops
•Guest speaker presentations
•Virtual learning environment, online resources and web based learning / CD-Rom training packages
•Student presentations
•Directed study


• Research Methods in Psychology (30 credits)
• The Psychopharmacology of Drugs and Addiction (30 credits)
• Addictive Behaviour (30 credits)
• Drugs, Addiction and Society (30 credits)
• Dissertation (60 credits)


You will be assessed in a variety of ways including:

• Theoretical essays
• Presentation
• Research proposal
• Dissertation

Career Prospects

This course will help students to progress to leadership positions within the field of addictions and to advance to research roles.

Further Study

The course provides a sound basis for postgraduate research study at MPhil/PhD level.

How to apply: http://www.salford.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying

Visit the MSc / PG Dip / PG Cert Applied Psychology (Addictions) page on the University of Salford website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Upper second class honors degree in psychology or other health/social care related discipline, e.g. counselling, health sciences, nursing.

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