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Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies

Middlesex University

24 months
7400 GBP/year
4800 GBP/year
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This Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA course at the Middlesex University is designed for those who want to expand their knowledge and understanding of these drug and alcohol issues, including policies and interventions, within a comparative context. It is relevant to policy makers and practitioners, and to students and researchers working in or preparing to enter this field.


Why study MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies at Middlesex University?

The use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco has become a major concern for most governments across the world. This has resulted in increasing international and European collaboration to devise policies and approaches to address problems related to substance use/misuse. There has also been a considerable expansion in research, data gathering and scientific publishing in many countries and various action plans and strategies have been produced.

Over the course of the Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies MA programme at the Middlesex University you will gain the knowledge and skills required to investigate and analyse drug and alcohol use, problem use, addiction, and their responses, from a multi-disciplinary and cross-national perspective.

The master's is being run jointly by four universities: Middlesex University; Aarhus University (Denmark); University del Piemonte Orientale "A. Avogardo" (Italy); and Universitas Miguel Hernandez de Elche-Alicante (Spain). With access to a group of European teachers and students, you will have opportunities to share research findings as well as experiences and personal knowledge about your own countries. You will also have the chance to study in partner universities or undertake placements in Europe and international agencies and gain career development through utilising work-based learning approaches and internships.

Course Highlights

  • Unique comparative perspective
  • Delivered by experts at four universities across Europe (Denmark, Italy, Spain and the UK)
  • Students have the opportunity to work and collaborate with staff and fellow students across Europe and internationally
  • Option to study in partner universities or undertake placements in European and international organisations, such as the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
  • Opportunities for career development through utilising work-based learning approaches and internships
  • Possibilities for CPD study.

Career Opportunities

  • The addictions field is multi-disciplinary and entrants will come from a range of different educational and professional backgrounds including nursing, social work, probation, research, and management. The MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies will be a valuable asset to developing and furthering a career in the drug and alcohol field either in the UK or abroad.
  • There are a number of career options in research, public or government services, voluntary organisations, and non-governmental organisations. The course aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical skills to develop careers in research and practice within the field of drug and alcohol practice, education and research, both nationally and within the wider international context.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Substance Use and Addiction Theories 
  • Responses to Drug and Alcohol Use 
  • Drug and Alcohol Policies in Europe 
  • Evidence-based Practice Applied to Prevention and Treatment 
  • Drugs and Crime
  • Cultural and Social Aspects of Drug and Alcohol Use 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

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    • We recommend applying as early as possible for your chosen postgraduate course to ensure you are granted a place. 


180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applications from graduates with a 2:2 honours degree or above in an appropriate subject, or an equivalent qualification are welcomed.
  • Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate three years' relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    7400 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14800 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.
  • National

    4800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9600 GBP for the full programme during 24 months.


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