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Addiction Studies MSc

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Our Addiction Studies course provides postgraduate education in addictions, with a particular emphasis on recent biological, psychological and socio-environmental advances in the conceptualisation of drug use and addiction and its effective prevention. Your theoretical understanding of the subject will be positioned within the context of policy development, focusing on facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace.


Key benefits

  • Provides advanced graduate education in the field of addictive behaviours, concentrating on supporting students to embark on 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 structure with optional modules covering science, practice, policy and management in the addictions.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, September to September.

Study mode Full-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Michael Lynskey

Further details

Course contact for further information

Mr Karl Doyle,
Programme Administrator
e: karl.doyle@kcl.ac.uk
t: 020 7848 0823

Jacqueline Szczerbinski
Programme Co-ordinator
e: jacqueline.szczerbinski@kcl.ac.uk

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

DepartmentAddictions Department

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Course detail

Description

Our 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.

Our 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 underline the clinical, scientific and public health aspects of addiction before they embark on individual research and a more rigorous exploration of these areas. 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 Format

You will be taught through a mix of lectures, seminars and tutorials.

Introduction to Addiction Science and Theory

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (30 hours) | Self-study time (225 hours)

Psychopharmacology of Drug Action and Addiction

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (115 hours)

Research Methods, Critical Appraisal and Statistics

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (115 hours)

Contemporary Advances in Evidenced Based Policy, Prevention and Practice

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (115 hours)

Advanced Addiction Practice

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (48 hours) | Self-study time (72 hours)

Research Project

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (40 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (60 hours) | Self-study time (480 hours)

Advanced Clinical Management of Addiction

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (240 hours)

Alcohol: Problems, Policy & Practice

Lectures (20 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (20 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (240 hours)

 

Course Assessment

You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations.

Examination (50%) | Coursework (30%) | Practical (20%)

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College is regulated by the Higher Education Funding Council for England

Other related courses:

Affective Disorders MSc

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules

 

Optional Modules

In addition, you will take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

Entry requirements & how to apply

Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours (or overseas equivalent) in either medicine or psychology; or in any subject related to the addictions. 

Application procedure

Applications must be made online using King’s online application portal https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/ and a non-refundable application fee of £50 applies.

Selection is made upon the basis of the application and references. An interview may be required based upon the applicant’s qualifications and experience.

 

Personal statement and supporting information

Please outline your relevant experience in the field and your future goals.

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline was the 31st March 2017.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full.  For programmes with spaces remaining, no further applications will be accepted from non-EU (Overseas) nationals after 30th July 2017 or from UK/ EU nationals after 3rd September 2017.

 

Help and support

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, or if English isn't your first language, our academic preparation courses can help you get ready for study in the UK.

Preparation courses

Fees and funding

  • Full time UK fees: £10,950 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £3,650 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*
  • Full time overseas fees: £25,950 p.a (MSc, 2017/18)*; £8,650 p.a. (PGCert, 2017/18)*
  • Part time UK fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Please note: Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. 

*These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

Deposit

When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

The UK/EU deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March 2017, payment is due by 30th April 2017.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2017 and 30th June 2017, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2017 and 31st July 2017, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2017, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.

If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

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.

Career destinations

Our graduates have gone on to work in a variety of organisations including: 

  • The Priory Hospital 

  • High View Care Services 

  • Lifeline Project

  • Clinical Commissioning Group 

 

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