United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

We are proud to have been awarded an IoPPN Excellence Award in 2018 for student satisfaction in the Postgraduate Taught Education Survey (PTES).

Attitudes to drug use and addiction are constantly evolving. You'll need a strong understanding of the theory to work in the field - whether you're aiming for a new position developing policy or want new tools to treat your patients.

As well as the biology and psychology, you'll explore socio-environmental aspects of drug addiction and its prevention. And throughout the course we'll explore how this knowledge transfers to different workplaces.

Key benefits:

  • Study all aspects of addiction from policy to psychopharmacology
  • Go on placement in a clinical setting to really understand the subject in context
  • Learn from leading clinicians and experts from King's renowned National Addiction Centre

Who should take this course

Bachelor's degree with 2:1 honours in either medicine or psychology; or in any subject related to the addictions.

In order to meet the academic entry requirements for this programme you should have a minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree with a final mark of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme. If you are still studying you should be achieving an average of at least 60% or above in the UK marking scheme.



Course content

Required Modules:

  • Students on this course are required to take:
  • Introduction to Addiction Science and Theory (30 Credits)
  • Psychopharmacology of Drug Action and Addiction (15 credits)
  • Research Methods, Critical Appraisal and Statistics (15 credits)
  • Contemporary Advances in Evidence-Based Policy, Prevention & Practice (15 credits)
  • Advanced Addiction Practice (15 credits
  • Research Project (60 Credits)

Optional Modules:

In addition, you will take 30 credits from a range of optional modules, which may include:

  • Advanced Clinical Management of Addiction (30 credits)
  • Alcohol: Problems, Policy & Practice (30 credits)


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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