Master of Science in Addiction Studies (MScAddictSt)

Program Code


Academic Year


Special Notes

These Program Rules should be read in conjunction with the University's policies (


The Master of Science in Addiction Studies is jointly offered by the academic staff of the University of Adelaide (Australia), King’s College London (UK) and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA) and delivered entirely online; no campus attendance is required. The program is available to students from all countries, but online lectures, assignments and correspondence are in English only. The program provides students with an advanced educational experience covering the scientific basis of addiction, comparative epidemiology, evidence-based interventions (including pharmacological, psychosocial and public health approaches), research methodology and addictions policy.The program does not provide training in clinical or counseling skills.
Due to the joined nature of the program, one of the three universities will be the primary enrolling university for all students in a cohort. The rules and regulations of the primary enrolling university will apply on academic progress, appeals, grievances or academic dishonesty as outlined in the Memorandum of Agreement.

The Master of Science in Addiction Studies is an AQF Level 9 Masters qualification with a standard full-time duration of 1.5 years.

Academic Program Rules for Master of Science in Addiction Studies

There shall be a Master of Science in Addiction Studies.

Qualification Requirements
Academic Program: 

To qualify for the degree of Master of Science in Addiction Studies, the student must complete satisfactorily a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 36 units:

  1. Core courses to the value of 30 units
  2. Research equivalent courses to the value of 6 units in the form of a research project