Taught course

Alcohol and Drug Studies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a relevant degree (any social science; medicine; health; law; social work). Applications will also be considered from those with a degree in another discipline or other professional training plus three years’ experience of working with alcohol and/or drug-related issues. Such applicants will be required to complete written work in order to demonstrate their academic ability. Applications based on Recognition of Prior Learning (e.g. PG Dip or equivalent) are welcomed. Overseas students must also meet UWS English language requirements.

Months of entry


Course content

Enhance your understanding of the processes involved in people becoming substance users and problematic substance users and broaden your career options.
About the programme Addiction problems involve an interaction between the drug, the individual and the environment. This programme provides a critical perspective on substance use and misuse and looks at the evidence base for policies and interventions within the area. Full-time, part-time and distance learning study is available. Study modes are supported by the virtual learning environment, Moodle. Applicants with a 2.1 honours degree in a relevant subject can study the MSc in one calendar year. Students successfully completing the PG Diploma can progress to the MSc in the subsequent academic session.
Practical experience Postgraduate Diploma students can opt to complete a placement in a research setting or a service/workbased setting, or the module ‘Alcohol/Drugs: Policy/Practice Review’.
Your learning Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction Practice (3 modulesat SCQF Level 11)
• Understanding Substance Use and Addiction
• Change and Intervention Methods
• Placement Postgraduate Diploma: Alcohol and Drugs Studies (6 modules at SCQF Level 11)
• Understanding Substance Use and Addiction
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Change and Intervention Methods
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Evidence Science & Policy
• Alcohol/Drugs Policy: Local to Global
• Placement (in current workplace, or an alcohol/drug setting, or a research setting) or Alcohol/ Drugs: Policy/Practice Review
• Research Methods – investigates research design and application MSc† (9 modules at SCQF Level 11)
Students will additionally complete a triple module research dissertation with supervised guidance and present their findings in a thesis.
Our Careers Adviser says Many full-time students quickly find employment on graduation. Part-time and distance learning students use their qualifications for career enhancement or to develop specialisms in social work, health/ medicine or criminal justice.

Information for international students

For more information please visit - www.uws.ac.uk/international

Fees and funding

In session 2015/16 the Postgraduate

Diploma element of this programme

carried SAAS postgraduate loan

funding for eligible students. Check

www.saas.gov.uk for 2016/17 loan

info. Many part-time and distance

learning students seek funding support

from their employers. Independent

applications can be made to Alcohol

Research UK for either full-time or

part-time/distance learning study

routes: www.alcoholresearchuk.org

Qualification and course duration


part time
11 months
full time
11 months


part time
36 months
full time
9 months


part time
9-21 months

Course contact details

Alison Fitzpatrick
0800 027 1000 (+44 141 849 4101 out with UK)