Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health

Investigate pathways to wellbeing

Addiction and mental illness are two of the biggest concerns in today’s world. Both are rampant and taking enormous tolls on individuals and society.

Our Graduate Diploma in Addiction and Mental Health provides a broad understanding of these issues and their treatment. What are the underlying causes of addiction and mental ill health? How can we mitigate harm, support recovery and treat more than just symptoms?

What will you do?

  • Study the scientific bases of addiction, mental illness and related comorbidities.
  • Investigate evidence-based treatments and interventions.
  • Compare and analyse mental health and addiction data.
  • Explore relevant national policy.
  • Build advanced research skills.

Where could it take you?

This diploma will be beneficial to a range of professions that interact with addiction and mental health. These might include medical practitioners, nurses, psychologists, social workers, pharmacists, educators, law enforcement officers and counsellors. You could also take on senior roles in a drug and alcohol organisations. You might design and implement educational campaigns and programs. Perhaps you’ll advise on policy or work in public health research.


  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • 1 in 5 Australians has mental health issues*
  • Discover the science behind addition and mental health

^Imip.gov.au Occupation projection
*The National Health Survey 2017-18

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 3GD054
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Additional Entry Requirements
All applicants must upload the following documents as part of the SATAC application:

  • Current Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent and relevant work experience.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD054

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $24,000

Scholarships

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

Find a Scholarship.

Careers

Career Readiness

Graduates are prepared for senior roles in mental health and addiction in practice, research and management.

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

Public Health, Public Health Officer, Social Worker, Health Educator, Health Officer, Health Promotion Professional, Therapist

Degree Structure

Students complete 4 core courses in Addiction and Mental Health.

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Example Study Plan

Indicative study plan
Year 1 PHARM 7011EX Drug Effects and Biology of Addiction PHARM 7012EX Pharmacotherapy and other Responses to Drug Problems
NURSING 6205HO Mental Health NURSING 6204HO Coexisting Addiction and Mental Health

Assessment

May include essays, case studies, annotated bibliographies, exams, study portfolios, tutorial participation and other assignments

Testimonial

The degree offers a range of placements, so you can explore a number of areas - including ones that you may not have realised you have an interest in previously.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Friday, 22 Oct 2021