Addiction Recovery

Trinity College Dublin

Addiction Recovery

Course Description
The M.Sc is designed for Addiction Recovery Practitioners working across the Addiction and support services. The course is offered by the Discipline of Public Health and Primary Care at the School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin with a range of teaching from leading experts from across Trinity College as well as leading clinicians the Health Service Executive. The course is a fusion between Public Health, Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. It is the first course of its kind in Ireland.

The course has a number of unique strengths;
• This Masters in Addiction Recovery course is the first of its kind in Ireland with no identical course offered internationally.
• The interdisciplinary collective strengths of the School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences regarding lecture provision from the Schools of Pharmacy and Health Service Executive, as well as other leading addiction practitioners within non-statutory services are unprecedented.
• The course content will be underpinned by the integration of pioneering research in the field of Addiction Recovery to ensure the focus of the material delivered is current evidenced based research, which will, in turn, inform evidenced based best practice.
• The teaching staff includes clinicians and service providers who are at the forefront of Addiction Recovery treatment, research and policy in Ireland.
• The course curriculum corresponds directly with the actions set out in the National Drug Strategy (NDS) 'Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery 2017 – 2025' as well as the principle for recovery as set out by the Recovery Academies of Ireland, UK, Scotland, Australia and the United States.

Course Aims
1. To bring the core theory of Addiction Recovery (AR) to health and social care students and to support the application of the AR model in the health and social care domains of practice.
2. To critically appraise and analyse the factors impeding implementation of an Addiction Recovery model in a variety of settings.
3. To foster multi-disciplinary learning in an academic setting where the multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational backgrounds of the students will be developed as a source of learning.

Subjects taught

Course Structure
The course comprises 90 ECTS credits in total. The course comprises twelve taught modules and a dissertation module.

The course comprises the following taught modules, which might be altered depending on the staff availability: Current and Historical Approaches to the Theory and Treatment of Addiction, Basic Concepts and Policy in Recovery: Research Methodology 1, Research Methodology 2, Substance Addiction Psychopharmacology, Neurobiology of Addiction, Social Policies and Social Context of Addiction Recovery, Theory, Techniques and interventions, Clinical Application of Evidenced Based Intervention, Mental Health and Clinical Application 1, Mental Health and Clinical Application 2 (emphasis on Adolescent Populations), and Implementation Strategies.

Entry requirements

Admission Requirements
This course will be of interest to those who have responsibility for delivery and implementation of Addiction Services. The aim of this interdisciplinary course is to provide high-quality training for health and social care practitioners in the theoretical and practical aspects of Addiction Recovery. The Masters of Science in Addiction Recovery will have a strong component of action learning in the workplace. The course will also provide students with an opportunity to critically explore and evaluate emerging field of Addiction Recovery. Graduates of this course will be expected to promote and develop excellence in Addiction Recovery.

The entry requirement for the course is at graduate level. Prospective students will be graduates with a 2.1 honours degree in a health or social care-related discipline with at least 3 years' professional experience.

Other applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances based on workplace experience. In the case of applicants with no professional experience, a submission may be considered by the course committee where the student can secure placement for the duration of the course and the course committee are satisfied that the student will adequately benefit from completing the course. Applications for admission to the course will be made online. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed. Applications for full and part time options annually.

Application dates

Closing Date: 31st July 2023
The closing date for applications for entry to the course will be the end of June of the year of admission; however, late applications will be considered in the event of places not being filled.


The course runs one-year full-time or two-year part time. Course attendance, for the full-time option, comprises twelve three-day blocks between September and May (Tuesday to Thursday) to facilitate work release. Each course attendance day consists of six hours of lecture sessions, workshops or tutorials. The part-time option will have 6 blocks of 3 days between September and May over 2 years with a dissertation at the end of year 2.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake September 2020

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Career Opportunities
Graduates of the course are able to demonstrate a range skills necessary to work in different settings, such as, treatment and prevention services, health and community service management, research, education and training; and other services for people with addiction issues.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ),Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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