Master of Science in Addiction Studies (MScAddictSt)

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Special Notes

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The Master of Science in Addiction Studies is an entirely online program of graduate study for  students interested in gaining a broad overview of the addiction field, while acquiring in-depth knowledge and insight in international issues. 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 biological 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.

The program is jointly taught by the academic staff of three of the world’s leading universities in the field of addiction science: the University of Adelaide (Australia), King’s College London (UK) and Virginia Commonwealth University (USA). Lecturers have been selected from among the world’s leading authorities in each of these subject areas. Its aim is to develop professionals who are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in the addiction field throughout the world.

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.


Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Coordinator or Delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

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, comprising:

  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