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Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Degree Type Masters by Coursework

Duration 1 year full-time or part-time equiv.

SATAC Code N/A

CRICOS 999999A

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies (International Programme in Addiction Studies) is a unique degree that provides the expert knowledge and skills required to make a difference in the field of addiction. It is well suited to professionals and recent graduates from a range of fields such as health, counselling, law enforcement, social work, science and policy, who wish to take their careers to the next level.

The degree is delivered entirely online by 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. At completion of the degree, students are recognised as graduates from each of these universities.

All aspects of addiction, including pharmacological, psychosocial and public health and policy approaches, are taught by world experts in these subject areas. As no campus attendance is required, the degree can be undertaken anywhere in the world and students have the opportunity to develop international networks with other students and leading academics.

Applications are accepted until 1 July and classes commence in August of each academic year. For additional information, including admissions criteria, application forms, curriculum outline and tuition fees, visit: www.ipas.vcu.edu
  • Entry Requirements

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    Mid-year entry Yes
    Enquiries Ask Adelaide
    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry only

    Graduate Entry A relevant 4 year undergraduate degree with a high level of academic achievement.
    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
    How to Apply

    International applicants

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    Admissions Transparency Data

    CRICOS Available to non-student visa holder ONLY.
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 7 Reading 7 Listening 7 Speaking 7 Writing 7
    TOEFL Overall 94 Reading 24 Listening 24 Speaking 23 Writing 27
    Pearsons Overall 65 Reading 65 Listening 65 Speaking 65 Writing 65
    Cambridge Overall 185 Reading 185 Listening 185 Speaking 185 Writing 185
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    Tertiary Qualifications All applicants must meet the admission entry requirements as set out by VCU at www.ipas.vcu.edu For information about tuition fees, visit: www.ipas.vcu.edu. Please note that FEE-HELP is not available for this degree. Specific merit-based scholarships are available for this degree and please visit www.ipas.vcu.edu for more information.
    Prerequisites
    Australian Year 12 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.


    How to Apply
    All applications are handled through our partner institution, VCU. To apply please visit: www.ipad.vcu.edu/apply-now
  • Fees and Scholarships

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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
    2. Critical thinking and problem solving
    3. Teamwork and communication skills
    4. Career and leadership readiness
    5. Intercultural and ethical competency
    6. Self-awareness and emotional intelligence

    Potential careers

    Health Educator, Health Officer, Policy Adviser, Academic, Lecturer, Life Scientist, Medical Research, Medical Scientist, Mental Health Nurse, Nurse Researcher, Pharmaceutical and Medical Supplies Representative, Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Psychotherapist, Public Health Officer, Public Servant, Research Manager, Science Communicators, Science Educators, Scientific Data Analyst, Scientific Officer, Scientist, ...

  • Global Learning

    A Global Learning Experience is an integral component to your academic journey at The University of Adelaide. The university is committed to offering its students the opportunity to study overseas through a range of degrees offered via the Global Learning Office, including student exchange, study tours, short study degrees, internships and placements. There are many exciting opportunities in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and Oceania ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year.

    To find Global Learning opportunities available in your study area click Global Experiences.

    Global Learning Experience

    The degree offers students an international perspective on the problems surrounding drug and alcohol use, and responses to manage these problems. This degree is taught by global leaders in the field and attracts the best students from around the world, providing a multicultural learning experience.

  • 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.

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  • Further Information

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Last updated: Wednesday, 27 Sep 2017