London South Bank University

Course Introduction

The MSc is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) it meets the training needs for you to become accredited as an addiction counsellor. You'll normally have a professional, employment or voluntary work interest in addiction but will not necessarily be a graduate. However, if you have an interest in the psychology of addiction and seeking a career in counselling, you'll have particular interest in this programme. Some work experience in health, community and social services settings is normally required, and it is expected that in the first year you'll seek experience in appropriate work settings related to addiction. In the second year students must have a counselling placement sufficient to provide 100 hours of supervised practice before entering the final year. This course distinctively: explores the psychological basis of generic and counselling strategies; equips you to assess psychological models of counselling approaches; provides for a supervised professionally-oriented empirical research dissertation in the final (MSc) year. These professional aims are underpinned by a detailed study of the psychology of addiction embracing the main theories of the development of addictive behaviours; the principal approaches to counselling and treatment of addictive disorders; and training in research in the field of addictions. There is a rapidly increasing demand for addiction counsellors in health and social services and a variety of community settings. Students may apply to the Alcohol Research (UK) for financial support to cover the cost of fees. Employers are also frequently prepared to give financial support to those counsellors, nurses, social and community workers and others whose employment involves working with those who are experiencing problems associated with addiction. Students will also achieve PgDip award during this course.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Part Time
MSc £11,483 Home Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £11,483 European Fees
3 years
Part Time
MSc £17,225 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students need to have an Honours degree or professional qualifications at 2:2 level/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division/ Plus relevant experience indicative of a motivation to specialise in the addictions area.
  • International entry requirements: Students whose first language is not English need an IELTS score of minimum 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component.