Master of Science in Addiction Studies (MScAddictSt)

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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), addictions policy and research methodology. 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.

Program Learning Outcome
1. Develop and demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding in drug addiction: 1.1 the science of biology of drug effects and addiction 1.2 contemporary practice in psychosocial treatment 1.3 public health issues and interventions 1.4 approaches to prevention of addiction problems 1.5 comparative international addiction issues.
2. Implement contemporary research on addiction treatment and prevention through program management.
3. Interpret research findings in a range of discipline areas of relevance to addiction.
4. Translate research on addiction into more effective policy and practice at the local, national and international levels.
5. Critically assess scientific literature.
6. Communicate effectively.
7. Understand international perspectives, special populations and ethical considerations in treatment.
8. Consider evidence-based approaches.
9. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of merits of different research approaches and ability to design research to answer a specific research questions.
10. Conduct secondary data analyse and/or systematic reviews and report on findings in a discipline specific manner.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Program Director 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.

Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program. 

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