Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Join world leaders in addiction prevention

Our Master of Science in Addiction Studies (International Programme in Addiction Studies) offers you a unique pathway to making a difference. 

It’s 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?

  • Learn from world experts in addiction.
  • Access multiple libraries and resources.
  • Explore all aspects of addiction—from pharmacological and psychosocial approaches to public health and policy.
  • Work through forward-thinking lectures, readings and modules.
  • Develop international networks.
  • Study from anywhere in the world.

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?

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. Maybe you’re 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.

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
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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

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
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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

This degree aims to develop professionals who are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in the addictions field throughout the world. It offers students depth and overview of the addiction field and enables them to improve career prospects and move into higher positions in the workforce.

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies (International Program in Addiction Studies) does not offer training in clinical and counselling skills.

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

Health Educator, Health Officer, Policy Adviser, Life Scientist, Medical Research, Medical Scientist, Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Researcher, Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Representative, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Public Health Officer, Public Servant, Research Manager, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Scientist, Team Leader, Health Promotion Professional, Therapist, ...

Degree Structure

Students complete 8 core courses in Alcohol and Drug Studies.

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies is an intensive program completed in a 12-month period or part-time over 24 months. 

For information about tuition fees, visit: 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 ipas.vcu.edu for more information.


Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Core Courses

Research Dissertation

Assessment

Assessment includes discussion forums, assignments, written exams and a thesis.

Testimonial

The Master of Public Health allows you to experience a wide range of topics within the field of public health. The research support and mentoring I received was a hugely positive experience as a young researcher.

I was continually inspired by the passion of my supervisory panel and their commitment to improving the lives of young people. I've also established connections with some of the world's leading epidemiologists and public health researchers.

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