Middlesex University

Course Introduction

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.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £8,500 Home Fees
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £8,500 European Fees
2 years
Distance Learning
MA - Master of Arts £14,000 Overseas Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic 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.
  • International 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. Students need to have: an IELTS score of 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components).