Taught course

Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies

University of the West of Scotland · School of Social Sciences

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Entry requirements

You are required to hold an upper second class honours degree in social science or equivalent (2:1 or above).

Months of entry


Course content

Our innovative MSc Contemporary Alcohol & Drug Studies course adopts a critical social science perspective to explore the interplay between psychoactive substances and society across a range of areas. Our course will introduce you to a range of:

  • Cross disciplinary theories and concepts
  • Descriptions and effects of psychoactive substances
  • Patterns of consumption
  • Approaches to treatment and relevant policy debates
  • Politics of alcohol and drugs policy

You will critically examine patterns of substance use across social groups and the contexts and consequences of substance-related harms for individuals, families and neighbourhoods.

You will also examine the social, economic and political influences on substances and their effects. In addition, you will compare and contrast the operations of the alcohol industry with the drugs economy and explore current debates on alcohol and drug law reforms nationally and internationally.

A Postgraduate Certificate, comprising Understanding Substance Use, Contemporary Responses to Substance Use, and The Politics of Drug & Alcohol Policy is available to study on a part-time basis over 9 months.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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