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Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA

Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Drugs / Alcohol: Awareness

Course type


Course Summary

This master's degree is designed for those who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of these drug and alcohol issues, including policies and interventions, within a comparative context. It is relevant to policy makers and practitioners, and to students and researchers working in, associated with, or preparing to enter this field. Over the course of the programme you will gain the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyse drug and alcohol use, problem use, addiction, and their responses, from a multi-disciplinary and cross-national perspective. The use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco has become a major concern for most governments across the world. This has resulted in increasing international and European collaboration to devise policies and approaches to address problems related to substance use/misuse. There has also been a considerable expansion in research, data gathering and scientific publishing in many countries and various action plans and strategies have been produced.

This induction aims to: Introduce students to the content and requirements of the programme, to the lecturers in the partner universities, and to an international group of students; Emphasise the comparative and multi-disciplinary nature of the programme; Raise awareness of sources of information and to provide guidance in selecting and using 'evidence' and information from research or other sources; Provide an introduction to main concepts, theories and issues to be addressed in the programme; Provoke a critical appreciation of the problematic and complex nature of drug and alcohol studies; Lay the foundations for students to work collaboratively with others in our partner universities. The Master's provides opportunities for career development for those interested in pursuing links with European and international agencies, by offering work-based learning approaches, and organising work in the field in relevant agencies and in providing possible progression to PhD-level studies.

Different course options

Study mode

Distance without attendance


2 years

Start date



This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop a detailed and advanced understanding of a particular aspect of drug and/or alcohol policy and practice. Students will define their own topic area, write a proposal for their dissertation work, conduct a comprehensive review of existing knowledge on the subject, formulate a methodology for conducting their own enquiries and write an in-depth report of the findings of their research. Alternatively, students may choose to conduct a theoretically oriented piece of work involving the systematic analysis of an issue or area of policy/practice.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Part-time per taught credit: £53; Part-time per dissertation credit: £27.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Part-time per taught credit: £93; Part-time per dissertation credit: £46.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need to have a 2:2 honours degree or above in an appropriate subject, or an equivalent qualification. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level. We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification.

University information

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