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Department of Addictions


Thirty years of research excellence

The emphasis of our research is on ‘what works’ in the prevention and treatment of substance misuse: the Addictions Department represents a network of clinicians, researchers and clinical teachers who have a shared commitment to excellence in prevention and treatment work, and to supporting and strengthening national and international endeavours in this field. Over the last 30 years, the department has our staff have developed a body of research evidence that has informed the development of new treatment services for alcohol, smoking and drug problems in the UK. This work ranges from trials of new therapies and preventative treatments to studies seeking to understand the genetic and biological basis of addictive behaviour.

A leading research centre

The Addictions Department, also known as the National Addiction Centre (NAC), is one of the most productive addictions research groups in Europe. We represent an important area of health-related study as the Addictions Clinical Academic Group (CAG) within King’s Health Partners, and form one of the core areas of the Academic Health Science Centre that brings together university partners King’s College London with the NHS from South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation TrustKing’s College Hospital, and Guy’s and St Thomas’. RAND Europe rated our work on Substance Abuse Research as leading in the field.. Substance Use Disorders is one of the main themes of the NIHR Maudsley BRC which is based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).

Advice and guidance

For tools to help measure and monitor people experiencing problems with alcohol or drugs, or for those in recovery, please visit the Scales, Measures & Instruments page.

For advice or information on addiction services in your area, please contact addictions charity Release.

The Frank website features an A to Z list of substances, including details of appearance and use, effects, chances of getting hooked, health risks and UK law.

Drinkline: 0300 123 1110 for callers worried about their own drinking, support for the family and friends of people who are drinking and advice to callers on where to go for help.

Adfam website - Adfam is a national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. 

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Addiction Services Search.

Our courses

Duration One year FT, September to September.

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.

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Duration : Three years FT; six years PT. Accelerated PT rates available - email for further information. Registration is carried out at three points in the year: October, February and June

MPhil/PhD/MD(Res) Research from the Department of Addictions at King's College London.

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

The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) 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

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See if you're eligible for a Master's Scholarship for 2020 entry.


MSc and Student-related Enquiries

Karl Doyle (Programme Administrator)

0207 848 0823

PhD-related Enquiries

Prof Gail Gilchrist (Professor in Addictions Healthcare Research/ Departmental Admissions Tutor for PhD students)

Diversity & inclusion

Diversity & inclusion

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Further information for prospective students

Professional training

Professional training

The IoPPN offers a range of professional training opportunities to support your career development.



Careers in Psychiatry, Mental Health, and Psychology