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Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) MSc

Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Sociology Of Health And Sickness Drugs / Alcohol: Awareness Science (General / Combined)

Course type


Course Summary

The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course offers students cross‐cultural exposure to critical prevention and treatment practices, as well as research and policy issues in the field of addiction. This programme provides unique opportunities to study addiction in its broadest sense and examine key issues from an international perspective.

Key benefits

  • A unique programme that focuses on the similar international trends in policy, global epidemiology of substance-related morbidity and mortality, and evidence-based treatment and prevention practices.
  • Exclusive online access to lectures produced exclusively for the course by International experts in the addictions field.
  • Course members are considered students of all three universities concurrently with access to all online resources available from each of the partners.
  • You will receive personalised support from our dedicated module leaders throughout the course.
  • Course graduates will receive a triple-badge diploma jointly conferred by the three teaching institutions.


The Master of Science in International Addiction Studies (IPAS) course is a unique collaboration of three of the world's leading research universities in the field of Addiction Science: The Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN) at King's College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University. This partnership offers three nested graduate programme options available to graduates around the globe via distance learning. You will have access to the latest information on topics ranging from the biological basis of addiction and treatment as well as prevention and policy. The course will help you to compare global perspectives and translate this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence‐based policies worldwide.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme have taken leadership roles in clinical settings, working as drug workers, substance misuse nurse specialists, psychologists, addiction psychiatrists and managers of addiction services. Our graduates have also taken policy positions in national and international organisations, while others have undertaken further academic research and gone on to complete a PhD or a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology.

Different course options

Distance without attendance | Run at the client site in the region of United Kingdom | 1 year | AUG

Study mode

Distance without attendance


1 year

Start date



Treatment of Addiction: Critical Issues (20 Credits)
Biological Basis of Addiction (20 Credits)
Treatment of Addiction: Pharmacotherapies (20 Credits)
Public Health Issues & Approaches to Addiction (20 Credits)
Treatment of Addiction: Psychosocial Interventions (20 Credits)
Research Project in Addictions (60 Credits)
Addiction Policy (20 Credits)

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Full time Home/EU fees: USD $32,400; Part time Home/EU fees: MSc USD $14,000 (first year) USD $18,000 (2nd year) | PG Certificate USD $10,800 | PG Diploma USD $21,600.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Full time overseas fees: USD $32,400; Part time overseas fees: MSc USD $18,000 (2nd year) | PG Certificate USD $10,800 | PG Diploma USD $21,600.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students from outside the US must have qualified for an honors’ degree (level 2A or 1) or professional bachelor degree in an appropriate field of study at a recognised tertiary institution, or have a bachelor’s degree plus at least five years’ related professional work experience. US students should have completed a 4-year bachelor's degree in an appropriate field of study.