Master of Science in Addiction Studies

The University of Adelaide

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies (International Programme in Addiction Studies) is a unique degree that provides the expert knowledge and skills required to make a difference in the field of addiction. It is well suited to professionals and recent graduates from a range of fields such as health, counselling, law enforcement, social work, science and policy, who wish to take their careers to the next level. The degree is delivered entirely online by three of the world's leading universities in addiction sciences: the University of Adelaide; Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London. At completion of the degree, students are recognised as graduates from each of these universities. All aspects of addiction, including pharmacological, psychosocial and public health and policy approaches, are taught by world experts in these subject areas. As no campus attendance is required, the degree can be undertaken anywhere in the world and students have the opportunity to develop international networks with other students and leading academics. Applications are accepted until 1 July and classes commence in August of each academic year. For additional information, including admissions criteria, application forms, curriculum outline and tuition fees, visit:

Entry Requirements:

Relevant postgraduate degree; or professional Bachelor degree; or relevant degree with high level of academic achievement and Honours degree


Students complete 8 core courses in Alcohol and Drug Studies in an intensive mode over a 12-month period or part-time over 24 months. The program starts in August each year and has three trimesters. Part-time students take one course at a time, full-time students two.

Subjects you can Study:

Addiction studies

Further information:

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies (International Programme in Addiction Studies) will not train clinical or counselling skills. This program is appropriate for professional and recent graduates in a range of fields, such as health, counselling, law enforcement, social work, science and policy. Graduates of the program are prepared to translate research into more effective treatment and prevention interventions and more effective public health policies at local, national and international level; and become specialists in addiction by integrating program material into their work.

Who for:

Professional and recent graduates in a range of fields such as health, law enforcement and policy

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00123M

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