• Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
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Overview

You'll normally have a professional, employment or voluntary work interest in addiction but will not necessarily be a graduate. However, if you have an interest in the psychology of addiction and seeking a career in counselling, you'll have particular interest in this programme. 

 Some work experience  in health, community and social services settings is normally required, and it is expected that in the first year you'll seek experience in appropriate work settings related to addiction. In the second year students must have a counselling placement sufficient to provide 100 hours of supervised practice  before entering the final year. Learn more with the Addiction Psychology and Counselling programme at London South Bank University.

Employability

There is a rapidly increasing demand for addiction counsellors in health and social services and a variety of community settings. Students may apply to the Alcohol Research (UK) for financial support to cover the cost of fees. Employers are also frequently prepared to give financial support to those counsellors, nurses, social and community workers and others whose employment involves working with those who are experiencing problems associated with addiction.

Accreditation

 Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology
  • Therapeutic counselling theory and practice
  • Professional practice in addiction counselling
  • Advanced addiction psychology
  • Advanced theory and practice in therapeutic counselling
  • Research methods in professional practice
  • Research project in addiction psychology/therapy

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    90

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Typical applicants are working within drug/alcohol or related fields, with the intellectual competence to work at postgraduate level, and demonstrable character strengths for counselling. Desirably, you would have previous training in psychology/counselling and an inclination towards research.
  • Prospective students will need demonstrable ability to undertake work at a Masters level. For example Honours degree or professional qualifications at 2:2 level/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division

Work Experience

Relevant experience indicative of a motivation to specialise in the addictions area.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    6890 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6890 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4593 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4593 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. 

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries.

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