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Full time | Paisley Campus | 1 year | 04-SEP-23

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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Psychology (General)

Course type


Course Summary


Our MSc Addiction Psychology provides advanced study of the psychological theory underpinning the development and maintenance of pharmacological and behavioural addictions, as well as their evidence-based treatments.

The addictions field is wide in scope and this programme extends beyond traditional substance-related dependence disorders to include a wide range of established and emerging behavioural addictions, such as Internet Gaming and Gambling Disorder.

In addition, you will learn practical research skills and advanced psychological analytical techniques in the investigation of a range of addiction disorders.

A strong applied focus reflects the teaching and research strengths of the psychology group, with emphasis on the importance of employability. We support students in developing and recognising both generic and transferable skills. The master's course provides a solid foundation for doctoral level study.


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  • Coursework: 100%

Career Prospects


Graduates should find careers in diverse roles within public, private and third sector organisations related to addiction disorder. Specifically in research and support roles in relation to psychological and behavioural disorders, health, and well-being.

The MSc is suitable for individuals aiming to develop specialist knowledge and understanding of addiction disorder as well as expanding and refining their psychological research skills.

Further Study

The MSc Addiction Psychology programme can used as an opportunity to work towards entering PhD level study and Doctoral level psychology training programmes such as PhD / DClinPsy / DProf.


Psychological Interventions for Addiction (20 Credits) - Core
Investigating Addiction (20 Credits) - Core
MSc Addictive Psychology Research Dissertation (60 Credits) - Core
Current Advances in Addiction Psychology (20 Credits) - Core
Understanding Substance Use (20 Credits) - Core
Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies Work-based Learning (20 Credits) - Core
Psychological Theory of Addiction (20 Credits) - Core

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Entry requirements

An Honours degree in Psychology with a classification of 2:1 or above (normally). Applications will be considered from applicants who have a 2:2 classification if they can demonstrate relevant professional experience that indicates a capability to meet the required academic demands within the course.