Graduate Certificate in International Addiction Studies

Join world leaders in addiction prevention

Our Graduate Certificate in International Addiction Studies is a unique online program. It provides a broad understanding of drug addiction and deep insights into international research in the field.

The course is delivered online through three of the world’s leading universities in addiction sciences: The University of Adelaide; Virginia Commonwealth University; and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. On completion of the degree, you’ll be recognised as a graduate of all three universities. 

What will you do?

You can study from anywhere in the world as you:

  • cover the essential areas of addiction science in three core courses
  • work through forward-thinking lectures, readings and modules
  • access multiple libraries and resources
  • develop international networks.

We accept applications until 1 July and classes commence in August of each academic year. For more information, including admissions criteria, application forms, curriculum outline and tuition fees, visit: www.ipas.vcu.edu

Where could it take you?

This certificate will be beneficial in a range of professions that interact with addiction. Maybe you’re in law enforcement or social work and want to support changes in your community. Perhaps you’re a counsellor looking to take on a specialised role in addiction. You might be a research scientist or a public health graduate pursuing innovation and policy changes. 

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.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Prerequisites All applicants must meet the following requirements as set out by VCU at www.ipas.vcu.edu ? US students should have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study. Students from outside the US must have completed an honours degree (level 2A or 1) or professional bachelor degree in an appropriate field of study at a recognised tertiary institution ? Students must have a high level of proficiency in English, demonstrated by completion of a university qualification study in the English language, or by meeting one of the following English language requirements: an IELTS score of 7.0, a TOEFL score of 600 (paper based) or 250 (computer based) ? Students must have good academic references ? Students must have access to reliable internet and be computer literate. For information about tuition fees, visit: www.ipas.vcu.edu. Please note that FEE-HELP is not currently available for this degree. Specific merit-based scholarships are also available for this degree. Please visit www.ipas.vcu.edu for more information.
Additional Entry Requirements
Applications are accepted until 1 July and classes commence in August of each academic year. This degree is available online ONLY. All applications are handled through our partner institution, VCU. To apply, please visit: www.ipas.vcu.edu.
Higher Education Study A relevant 4 year undergraduate degree with a high level of academic achievement.
How to Apply

Fees and Scholarships

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place

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

Potential careers

Mental Health Worker, Counselling Psychologist, Counsellor

Degree Structure

The proposed program is nested within the existing Master of Science in Addiction Studies which has been taught since 2008 and is jointly offered with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU, USA) and King’s College London (KCL, UK).

The Graduate Certificate will have three 4-unit courses, one taught by each university.
- PHARM 7515EX Biological Basis of Addiction (UA)
- PHARM 7518EX Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions (KCL)
- PHARM 7516EX Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addiction (VCU)

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Level I
  • PHARM 7516EX Public Health Issues and Approaches to Addiction (VCU)
  • PHARM 7518EX Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions (KCL)
  • PHARM 7515EX Biological Basis of Addiction (UA)

Assessment

We use formative and summative assessment tools:
- Formative assessments: for example, non-graded assignments or online self-assessment quizzes that can help students check their understanding and progress.
- Summative assessments:  include assignments, essays, discussion board contributions, presentations and supervised exams. These assessments are specifically linked to the course objectives, such as improving academic writing and critical appraisal skills, checking knowledge and understanding, and developing skills in interpreting research findings and using them to improve practise.

The assessments provide students with opportunity to train their academic writing skills, skills in collaborative working, critical appraisal and testing their knowledge base.

Testimonial

The placements in this program have been incredible. I've been able to develop and practise my clinical skills, learn from highly experienced psychologists and have a significant role in hospital-based health promotion projects. The placements are hands-on, and I've loved the amount of responsibility and opportunities that I've been given during my time in these roles.

My confidence has grown immensely from each placement, which has made me feel prepared and excited to start my career as a Health Psychologist.

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: Tuesday, 14 Sep 2021