Addiction Psychology and Counselling, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
    Duration
  • English
    Language
The MSc in Addiction Psychology and Counselling from London South Bank University is a well-established route to a professional career in counselling in the addictions field. Accredited by the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP) it meets the training needs for you to become accredited as an addiction counsellor.

About

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. 

This Addiction Psychology and Counselling course from London South Bank University distinctively:
  • explores the psychological basis of generic and counselling strategies
  • equips you to assess psychological models of counselling approaches;
  • provides for a supervised professionally-oriented empirical research dissertation in the final (MSc) year

These professional aims are underpinned by a detailed study of the psychology of addiction embracing the main theories of the development of addictive behaviours; the principal approaches to counselling and treatment of addictive disorders; and training in research in the field of addictions.

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

Modules

All modules are assessed by coursework including essays, observational assessments and reports, professional logs, a case study and project proposals.

Year 1
  • Theoretical foundations of addiction and counselling psychology
  • Therapeutic counselling theory and practice
  • Professional practice in addiction counselling
Year 2
  • Advanced addiction psychology
  • Advanced theory and practice in therapeutic counselling
  • Research methods in professional practice
Year 3
  • Research project in addiction psychology/therapy

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class
Recommended 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 Lower Second Class 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).

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/ Plus relevant experience indicative of a motivation to specialise in the addictions area.

Work Experience

Some work experience in health, community and social services settings is normally required.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    5208.3333333333 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15625 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    3472 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10416 GBP for the full programme 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

Scholarships

London South Bank University offers students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

International Scholarships

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