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Addictions MSc

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The Society for the Study of Addictions also offers bursaries for MSc students, full information: https://www.addiction-ssa.org/funding/bursaries

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.
  • 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, Part-time

Credit value UK 180/ECTS 90

Course intake No set number.

Course leaders

Dr Leonie Brose

Further details

Course contact for further information

AP-PGTsupport@kcl.ac.uk

 

Course contact form Postgraduate admissions

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience

Department Addictions Department Division of Academic Psychiatry

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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 policy 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 underlie 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.

 We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

“We have really close ties with the South London and Maudsley  NHS Foundation Trust, so several of our modules focus on clinical aspects of treating addiction. Quite a few of our lecturers work as clinicians in the trust. That means we can also offer the rare opportunity for a clinical services placement.” 

Dr Leonie Brose Course Leader 

Teaching 

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

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 (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (5 hours) | Self-study time (260 hours)

Psychopharmacology of Drug Action and Addiction

Lectures (10 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (10 hours) | Self-study time (130 hours)

Research Methods, Critical Appraisal and Statistics

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (15 hours) | Self-study time (255 hours)

Policy - optimising the impact of evidence to reduce addictions

Lectures (15 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (15 hours) | Self-study time (120 hours)

Addiction Treatment and Practice

Lectures (25 hours) | Seminars / Tutorials (25 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (40 hours) | Self-study time (210 hours)

Research Project

Lectures (2 hours) |Seminars / Tutorials (8 hours) | Field/lab/studio/ supervised learning (10 hours) | Self-study time (580 hours)

 

Contact time is based on 24 academic weeks.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Course Assessment

The primary methods of assessment for this course are written examinations, coursework and practical work.  The study time and assessment methods typically give an indication of what to expect. However, these may vary depending upon the modules.

Extra information

Regulating body
King’s College London is regulated by the Office for Students.

Other related courses:

Affective Disorders MSc

Structure

Year 1

Required Modules
      Students on this course are required to take:
  • Introduction to Addiction Science and Theory (30 Credits)

  • Psychopharmacology of Drug Action and Addiction (15 credits)

  • Research Methods, Critical Appraisal and Statistics (30 credits)

  • Policy - optimising the impact of evidence to reduce addictions (15 credits)

  • Addiction Treatment and Practice (30 credits)

  • Research Project (60 Credits)

 

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules for this course.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Entry requirements & how to apply

Addiction Studies Entry requirements
Minimum 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 £70 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 is required. This can be entered directly into the online application form (maximum 4,000 characters) or uploaded as an attachment to the online application form (maximum 2 pages). 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 One academic reference is required. A professional reference 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 26th March 2021. After this date, the programme will remain open only if places are still available and will be closed as soon as it is full.  

For programmes that remain open beyond this date, the final application deadlines for the following fee statuses are listed below: 

  • EU or overseas (international) fee status: 30th July 2021 

  • Home fee status: 27th August 2021 

Please note, you will not be eligible for an application fee refund if you apply after the first application deadline in March, and we are unable to process more offers as places are filled before the final application deadlines above. 

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 fees: £13,380 per year (MSc 2021/22);
  • Full time overseas fees: £31,350 per year (MSc, 2021/22)
  • Part time Home fees: £6,690 per year (MSc 2021/22)
  • Part time overseas fees: £15,675 per year (MSc 2021/22)

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 deposit is £500.

The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000. 

  • If you receive an offer on or before 31st March, payment is due by 30th April 2021. 

  • If you receive an offer between 1st April and 30th June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer. 

  • If you receive an offer between 1st July and 31st July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer. 

  • If you receive an offer on or after 1st August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer. 

  • If you receive an offer from late August onwards, payment is due within 2 days 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
  • library fees and fines
  • 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 and 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 

 

Testimonials

Blue box with King's College London rankings. Starting with, 7th in the UK for research quality. Followed by, 6th in the UK for research power. Concluding with, 4th among multi-faculty universities for research Impact. The source is research excellence framework 2014

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