Master of Science in Addiction Studies

Master of Science in Addiction Studies

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Course title Master of Science in Addiction Studies
Course code PMSCADCPET9
Postnominal M.Sc (Melit.)
Level of qualification Second Cycle
National Qualifications Framework level Level 7
Duration 6 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 90
Coordinator Marilyn Clark
Richard Muscat
Delivered by Faculty for Social Wellbeing
Given the multifaceted, transdisciplinary nature of addiction, the programme of study explores the phenomenon of addictive behaviour from a number of disciplinary positions. The programme recognizes that while addictive behaviour has clear biological foundations, it manifests itself in culturally and socially contingent ways, is subject to different constructions in different societies and is also subjectively experienced as a psychological experience. The programme of study will therefore explore a number of conceptual models that have been developed to examine the phenomenon of addiction and will trace the evolution of the social logic and history of the term addiction. You will explore addiction as a biological, social, psychological construct and also engage with rational choice positions and the influence of human agency. The common cognitive neurological basis of addictive behaviour will be explored in detail.

This programme is offered as an interfaculty programme of the Faculty for Social Wellbeing and the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery.

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The Course shall be open to applicants in possession of a first cycle degree, obtained with at least a Second Class classification, in an area of study deemed relevant by the board.

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2022.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

UM currently hosts over 1,000 full-time international students and over 450 visiting students. The ever-increasing international students coming from various countries, in recent years, have transformed this 400-year old institution into an international campus.

Our international students generally describe Malta as a safe place, enjoying excellent weather and an all-year varied cultural programme. Malta is considered as the ideal place for students to study.

You can compare your national qualifications to the local requirements by visiting our qualifications comparability webpage.

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After you receive an offer from us, our International Office will assist you with visas, accommodation and other related issues.

Local/EU/EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 7,500
Fee per semester: Eur 1,250

Non-EU/Non-EEA Applicants: Total Tuition Fees: Eur 13,400
Yr 1: Eur 6,700 - Yr 2: Eur 6,700 - Yr 3: NIL
At the end of the Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Studies, you should be able to:

- critically engage with the conceptual complexities of the construct of addiction.
- be conversant with the theoretical frameworks developed to explain addiction and the advantages and disadvantages therewith.
- explain brain systems that give rise to cognition and behaviour both in a normal context and that associated with addiction and hence have a better insight on what works in prevention, treatment and reintegration.
- become conversant with national and international legal provisions regulating behaviours which are potentially addictive e.g. gaming, substances, gambling.
- critically evaluate the evidence on effective policy addressing addictive behaviour.
-critically evaluate the evidence on effective interventions addressing addictive behaviour.

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If you are a graduate coming from a number of health, social, policy, legal and medical disciplines who is seeking to develop a specialisation in addiction, or are currently working in the addiction field looking to further develop your competencies, then this is the ideal course intended for you.
As a graduate of the programme, you will be geared for the exciting diversity of the addictions field. The M.Sc. will also foster eligibility as a potential PhD candidate in the area of addictions.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2022/3.

Last Updated: 19 April 2022

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