Graduate Certificate in Alcohol and Drug Studies
Support recovery in your communities
Substance abuse is a common issue in today’s world. It continues to take a great toll on both individuals and society.
This is a flexible online certificate, ideally suited to professionals maintaining regular work commitments in Australia or overseas. It focuses on building advanced knowledge around drugs and alcohol, and the ways in which addiction can be treated.
What will you do?
- Study the biological mechanisms behind addiction.
- Consider underlying genetic and social factors.
- Explore current approaches to drug problems—from short-term treatments to long-term and community-based management.
- Investigate future developments in drug treatments and the field at large.
Where could it take you?
This certificate will be beneficial in a range of professions that interact with drug and alcohol addiction. These might include medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, educators, law enforcement officers, counsellors, and project and policy officers.
To hear from our Program Coordinator, Associate Professor Linda Gowing and and Graduate student, Jennifer King, watch the video.
For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.
For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:
SATAC Code 3GC012 Deferment Yes - 2 year Intake February Enquiries Future Students teamGraduate entry
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.SATAC Code: 3GC012
CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY. Intake February
English Language Requirements
Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6 TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21 Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50 C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169 Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
Tertiary Qualifications Bachelor degree or equivalent.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
Tuition feesAustralian Full-fee place: $11,000 for 12 units
Tuition fees International student place: $11,500 for 12 units
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
Career ReadinessGraduates are prepared to further their careers in the different fields relating to addiction and drug and alcohol issues.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
Graduate AttributesThe objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
- Deep discipline knowledge
- Critical thinking and problem solving
- Teamwork and communication skills
- Career and leadership readiness
- Intercultural and ethical competency
- Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Mental Health Worker, Health Administrator, Hospital Worker, Health Officer, Counsellor, Social Worker, Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Researcher, Psychologist, Science Educators, Health, Safety and Environment Manager, Policy Adviser, Public Health
Students complete 2 core courses in Alcohol and Drug Studies.
Academic Program Rules
The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.
Example Study Plan
Core Courses - 2 courses
Assessment includes online tests, discussion forums, assignments and written exams.
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Phone: +61 8 8313 7335 (toll free 1800 061 459)
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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 Aug 2020