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.

  • 1 in 20 Australians has an addition problem*
  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • #1 in SA for Arts and Humanities^

^ Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC012
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC012

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $12,000


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Career Readiness

Graduates 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 Attributes

The objective of this program is to produce graduates with specific attributes as outlined in University of Adelaide Graduate Attributes.
  1. Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
  2. Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
  3. Teamwork and communication skills
  4. Professionalism and leadership readiness
  5. Intercultural and ethical competency
  6. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
  7. Digital capabilities
  8. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

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.


On first placement I needed to use my training and the University's simulations to assist a stoke patient, I was confident in my abilities and the patient survived.

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Last updated: Thursday, 21 Oct 2021