The MA in Addiction Studies is a rigorous and formal exploration of addictions from a variety of academic and scientific perspectives: sociological, cultural, psychological, anthropological and psychoanalytic. The programme is concerned with how these perspectives interact and how they differ from each other. The aim is to educate students so that they can carry out research in the field of addiction and thereby critically inform policy making, as well as management of addiction services. The programme also provides clinicians with a strong theoretical foundation from where to approach the treatment of addictions. This programme is designed for students with a background in psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, sociology, social science or a cognate discipline, who wish to acquire a postgraduate qualification in the area of addiction. It is also suitable for health and social care professionals who wish to apply knowledge of the theory and approaches to addiction to their clinical work. In addition, the course provides an exciting and thought-provoking foundation for students who may wish to subsequently pursue training in the counselling or psychotherapy of addiction.
The course has four key components:
- An academic programme of lectures
- A weekly seminar with emphasis on research
- Clinical visits to addiction treatment centres
- A period of research for an extended thesis.
The academic component and weekly integrative seminar provides a firm foundation in core addiction issues, while the clinical visits provide students with direct experience of the nature of the problems posed by addiction. The concluding period of research provides students with the opportunity to collate their study and develop a thesis question in the field of addiction studies.
Suited to: Humanities/Social Science Graduates.