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Therapeutic Interventions for Alcohol & Other Drugs

Is this Programme for Me?

The aim of the programme is to enable students to effectively deal with drugs and alcohol issues and to utilise recovery methods, using the best evidence and interventions by extending theoretical knowledge and practical skills, to alleviate these issues. The programme will take cognisance that student learners will come from a variety of practice /professional backgrounds.

This programme will commence with an introductory module, Theoretical Foundations in Alcohol and Other Drugs, to ensure that all students, regardless of professional or academic background, have a basic understanding of the core concepts that underpin clinical, evidenced based and public health aspects of, alcohol and other specialist areas of drug and alcohol which results in harm to the individual, family and community. It will provide an opportunity for graduates to enhance their knowledge base, employment and career prospects with the inclusion of work based assessments to enhance their skills sets in a wide ranging Alcohol and Drug related service provision by embedding evidence informed practice in local organisations.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirements are a Level 8 Honours Degree in a relevant discipline such as Health and Social Care, Nursing, Social Work, Youth Work, Psychology, medicine etc. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview. Applicants who do not hold the above entry requirements may be considered using the LYIT RPL process.


PG – 1.5 year Part-time
MSc – 2 years Part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities

This MSc in Therapeutic Interventions for Alcohol and Other Drugs will play a part in producing a more specialist skilled and informed workforce that can respond to and provide systemic alcohol and other drug interventions within a four tier model of treatment and intervention and care.

This programme of study in Alcohol and Other Drugs has been designed to provide postgraduate education focusing on recent advances in the conceptualisation of substance use and addiction, and its effective prevention and treatment. Students will focus on theoretical advances and evidenced informed skills that will be contextualised within National policy, strategy, intervention and treatment. Emphasis will be placed upon facilitating the transfer of knowledge and skills to the workplace or students own professional development and career goals.

Further enquiries

For Further Information:

Contact: Ms. Louise McBride, Head of Department of Nursing and Health Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology

E- Mail: or
Telephone: (074) 9186303
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Nursing Careers Centre Website:
North Western Health Board Web Site:

Subjects taught

What will I have to study?

Part-time Mode

Year/Semester Proposed Modules, subject to approval Mandatory/ Elective No of credits

Advanced Research Methods Mandatory 10

Theoretical Foundations in Alcohol & Other Drugs Mandatory 10

Alcohol and Other Drug Use: Interventions Practice & Skills 1 Mandatory 10

Children and Families: Hidden Harm Mandatory 10

Alcohol, Drugs and Mental Health: Recovery Approaches Mandatory 10

Alcohol and Other Drugs Use: Interventions Practice & Skills 2 Mandatory 10

Research Dissertation Mandatory 30

Course fee


The programme commences in September and the fee for the Master of Science in Advancing Health & Social Care is currently €5,000. The fee for Non-EU students is €9,000. Tax relief is available on fees paid – up to €5,000 at the standard rate.

Enrolment and start dates

The programme commences in September.

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