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 addiction problem*
  • 16% industry growth predicted by 2025^
  • Flexible online learning

*Healthdirect.gov.au
^Imip.gov.au Occupation Projection

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC012
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelors degree or equivalent.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2023
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students N/A N/A
    All students 6 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $13,500

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This is an Australian full-fee program. As a domestic student you may be eligible to:

  • receive a zero interest government assistance package to cover your course fees and
  • use over $100,000 in HELP assistance over your lifetime
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Scholarships

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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Careers

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

Graduates of this program have gone on to roles such as:

Mental Health Worker;  Health Administrator, Hospital Worker;  Health Officer;  Counsellor;  Social Worker;  Mental Health Nurse;  Nurse Practitioner;  Nurse Researcher;  Psychologist;  Science Educators ...

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

Assessment includes online tests, discussion forums, assignments and written exams.

Testimonial

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

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Last updated: Tuesday, 10 Oct 2023