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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.

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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.
  • A broad range of 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

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Addictions 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

Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (20 hours) | Self-study time (572 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)

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks. On average students are expected to allow somewhere in the region of 100 to 150 hours personal study time per module.
Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

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
      Students on this course are required to take:

 

Optional Modules

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

Entry requirements & how to apply

Addiction Studies Entry requirements
Minimum UK requirements   2:1

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

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.

International requirements    Visit our admissions webpages to view our International entry requirements.
English Language requirements  Band D Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements. 

 

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 £60 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

You will be asked to submit the following documents in order for your application to be considered:

Addiction Studies checklist
Personal Statement Yes A personal statement of up to 4,000 characters (maximum 2 pages) is required. Your personal statement should include your reasons for applying for the course and your goals. Please also detail any post-qualification clinical experience you have, for example working with children and young people in a mental health setting. You should include details of the employment dates, the number of children seen and the types of disorders that you have had experience in managing. 
Previous Academic Study Yes A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing the subjects studied and marks obtained. If you have already completed your degree, copies of your official degree certificate will also be required. Applicants with academic documents issued in a language other than English, will need to submit both the original and official translation of their documents.
References Yes Two references are required with at least one academic. Professional references will be accepted if you have completed your qualifications over five years ago.
Other Yes Please include a full CV (Resume) including details of the employment dates, the number of children seen and the types of disorders that you have had experience in managing. 

Application closing date

We recommend that you submit your application as soon as possible.  Our first application deadline is the 29 March 2019.  Applications will remain open if places are available and programmes will be closed as soon as they are full. 

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 Home/EU fees: £12,300 per year (MSc 2019/2020); £4,100 per year (PG Cert 2019/20)
  • Full time overseas fees: £28,500 per year (MSc, 2018/19); £9,500 per year (PG Cert 2018/19)
  • Part time Home/EU fees: N/A
  • Part time overseas fees: N/A

Students starting their programme in 2019/20 who are eligible to pay EU fees will pay the same rate of tuition fees as UK students. This will apply for the duration of their programme, but may be subject to change by the UK Government for subsequent cohorts from 2020/21.

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 2019, payment is due by 27th April 2019.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st April 2019 and 30th June 2019, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer between 1st July 2019 and 31st July 2019, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August 2019, 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.

Additional costs/expenses

In addition to your tuition fees, you can also expect to pay for: 

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
  • DBS checks
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions 
  • Library fees and fines 
  • Personal photocopies 
  • Printing course handouts 
  • Society membership fees 
  • Stationery 
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
  • Graduation costs

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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