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Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA

Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA

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Distance without attendance


2 years

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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Drugs / Alcohol: Awareness

Course type


Course Summary


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.

Why study MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies at Middlesex University?

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 master's is being run jointly by four universities: Middlesex University; Aarhus University (Denmark); University del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogardo" (Italy); and Universitas Miguel Hernandez de Elche-Alicante (Spain). With access to a group of European teachers and students, you will have opportunities to share research findings as well as experiences and personal knowledge about your own countries. You will also have the chance to study in partner universities or undertake placements in Europe and international agencies and gain career development through utilising work-based learning approaches and internships.

The programme is taught primarily through distance learning methods complemented by some face-to-face tuition.


How can the MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies support your career?

The addictions field is multi-disciplinary and entrants will come from a range of different educational and professional backgrounds including nursing, social work, probation, research, and management. The MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies will be a valuable asset to developing and furthering a career in the drug and alcohol field either in the UK or abroad.

There are a number of career options in research, public or government services, voluntary organisations, and non-governmental organisations. The course aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to develop careers in research and practice within the field of drug and alcohol practice, education and research, both nationally and within the wider international context.

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.


This module aims to develop a critical approach to analysing how policies are developed, implemented and evaluated at international, national, and local levels. There will be a focus on European policy within a global context and students will be encouraged to examine their own national and local policies within this broader context. Students will draw on a range of policies on alcohol, drugs and tobacco to explore and critique the relationship between national policy and international policy (e.g. from WHO, UNODC and the EU). They will compare and contrast policy approaches to prevention, harm reduction and treatment across a number of countries and analyse the importance of different cultural, social and political contexts on policy formulation and implementation.

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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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