King's College London

Course Introduction


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


We designed this course to extend your theoretical knowledge and practical skills ? whatever your background. Maybe you?re a nurse wanting to understand the psychopharmacology. Maybe you?re a psychology graduate looking to explore treatment options. You might even be working in government or policy and want to get a real grasp of the issue. Since we have such a diverse mix of people, you?ll get a unique insight into perspectives from other disciplines.

A real highlight of the course is its broad scope. Our modules cover areas of the subject you might not learn about on a more specialised programme. You?ll still have a chance to explore your own interests in a research project and by picking either a clinical- or policy-based optional module.

With our links to South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, you?ll have a great opportunity to experience life on the front lines of addiction issues. Shadowing clinical experts and working with a wide range of patients and their families, you?ll really get to grips with the challenges we face as a society.

At King?s we?ve been at the forefront of developing new treatments for alcohol, smoking and drug problems. So whether you want to understand the biology of addiction, or work on a new therapy, we?ll help you achieve your goals.

Career prospects

Because of the range of topics we cover, there are lots of potential career options for our graduates. Many people join the course to build on their existing career ? whether a drug worker, nurse, or manager of addiction services. Others join us to work towards a particular career goal, like clinical psychologist or policy director.

With the strong research element, you might also decide to continue your studies with a PhD and go into a research career. Our department was rated as the leader in substance abuse research by RAND Europe, so it?s a great place to begin your career.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,300 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £12,300 European Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £28,500 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: 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.
  • International entry requirements: Students can demonstrate their English Language Proficiency with any of the following tests and grades: IELTS (Academic): 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each skill; TOEFL IBT: 92 overall, with a minimum 23 in each skill; Cambridge Advanced Certificate (CAE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): 176 overall with a minimum of 169 in each skill; Pearson Test of English (Academic): 62 overall, with a minimum of 52 in each skill. The tests listed above are valid if they have been taken within the past two years.
  • IELTS score: 6.5
  • TOEFL score: 92