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International Programme in Addiction Studies MSc

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Overview

The International Programme in Addiction Studies MSc course offers students cross‐cultural exposure to critical prevention and treatment practices, as well as research and policy issues in the field of addiction. This programme provides unique opportunities to study addiction in its broadest sense and examine key issues from an international perspective.

Key benefits

  • A unique programme that focuses on the similar international trends in policy, global epidemiology of substance-related morbidity and mortality, and evidence-based treatment and prevention practices.
  • Exclusive online access to lectures produced exclusively for the course by International experts in the addictions field.
  • Course members are considered students of all three universities concurrently with access to all online resources available from each of the partners.
  • You will receive personalised support from our dedicated module leaders throughout the course.
  • Course graduates will receive a triple-badge diploma jointly conferred by the three teaching institutions.

Key information

Application status Open

Duration One year FT, Two years PT, August to August.

Study mode Distance Learning, Full-time, Part-time

Credit value UK 180 / ECTS 90 for the Masters of Science Programme, UK 120 / ECTS 60 Credits for Post Graduate Diploma, UK 60 / ECTS 30 Credits for Post Graduate Certificate

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders Dr Anna V. Williams

Course contact for further information

Programme Leader: Dr Kyle Dyer, E – kyle.dyer@kcl.ac.uk, , P - + 44 (0)207 848 0979

Programme Leader: Dr Anna V Williams, E – anna.v.williams@kcl.ac.uk, P - + 44 (0)20 7848 0682

Programme Administrator: Louise Braithwaite, E – ipas@kcl.ac.uk, P – +44 (0)20 7848 0682

Programme Coodinator: Jackie Szczerbinski, E –Jacqueline.szczerbinski@kcl.ac.uk, P – +44 (0)20 7848 0611

Programme Email: ipas@kcl.ac.uk Website: http://www.ipas.vcu.edu/

Visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/ipas.msc

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions enquiry form

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Addictions Department

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Entry requirements & how to apply


Students from outside the US must have qualified for an honours degree (level 2A or 1) or professional bachelor degree in an appropriate field of study at a recognised tertiary institution, or have a bachelor’s degree plus at least five years’ related professional work experience. US students should have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study.  

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

English language requirements

  • Students must have a high level of proficiency in English, demonstrated by completion of a university qualification study in the English language, or by meeting one of the following English language requirements: an IELTS score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based).
  • Students must have good academic references
  • Students must have access to reliable internet and be computer literate

Application procedure

The host institution is currently VCU and this is where applications are processed. Expression of interest and applications can be made on the VCU webpage http://www.ipas.vcu.edu/

Personal statement and supporting information

Please outline your relevant experience in the field.

Application closing date

The deadline for applications is 01 April 2016 for 2016 entry. Prior to this date all applications will be given equal consideration and considered on their individual merits. After this date and up to 01 July 2016 applications will be considered subject to the availability of places, thus we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that funding deadlines may be earlier.

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Course detail

Description

The International Programme in Addiction Studies MSc course is a unique collaboration of three of the world's leading research universities in the field of Addiction Science: The Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University. This partnership offers three nested graduate programme options available to graduates around the globe via distance learning. You will have access to the latest information on topics ranging from the biological basis of addiction and treatment as well as prevention and policy. The course will help you to compare global perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence‐based policies worldwide.

The course is made up of eight modules totalling 200 credits. If you are studying full-time, you will complete the course in one year, from September to September. If you are studying part-time, your programme will take two years to finish.

Course format and assessment

Format

Pre-recorded lectures are audio-streamed within the Virtual Learning Environment and delivered online. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Biological Basis of Addictions

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)

Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addiction

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)

Treatment of Addiction: Pharmacotherapies

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)

Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)

Treatment of Addiction: Critical Issues

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours)

Addiction Policy

Lectures (50 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (50 hours)

Research Project in the Addictions

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. If you are studying part-time, you can expect to spend about 15-20 hours per week on coursework.

Course Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is based on participation in non-synchronous online discussions, written assignments and unseen examinations.

Full-time study pathway

Year 1

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

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Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have taken leadership roles in clinical settings, working as drug workers, substance misuse nurse specialists, psychologists, addiction psychiatrists and managers of addiction services. 
Our graduates have also taken policy positions in national and international organisations, while others have undertaken further academic research and gone on to complete a PhD or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.
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Testimonials

Learn about the International Programme in Addiction Studies

In the heart of London

International Programme in Addiction Studies is a distance learning online programme jointly delivered by top three research institutions in addictions: King’s College London; Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Adelaide. Listen to renowned programme directors to get an insight on how this programme focuses on addictions policy, programme development and evaluation.

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Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees - Home/EU

US$32,400

Full time tuition fees - Overseas

US$14,400 First Year and Second Year: US$18,000

Part time tuition fees - Home/EU

PG Certificate (Overseas/Home/EU) US$10,800, PG Diploma (Overseas/Home/EU) US$21,600

Part time tuition Fees - Overseas

PG Certificate (Overseas/Home/EU) US$10,800, PG Diploma (Overseas/Home/EU) US$21,600

Students are self-funded or funded by their employer or home government. If you are looking for additional funding, please visit our student funding database found at http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources/pgt.aspx

The International Scholars in Addiction Studies (ISAS) scholarship programme, which offers half-tuition scholarships, has been available to IPAS students over the last seven years. Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit, although geographic distribution is also considered.  As the scholarship only covers part of tuition fees, qualifying students are required to pay any outstanding tuition charges, and must indicate their understanding of this responsibility upon acceptance of the scholarship. Information about the availability of scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year will be posted in February 2016.

Please visit the VCU website for further information:

http://ipas.vcu.edu/program-options/master-of-science-in-addiction-studies/scholarships/
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