Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies, M.Sc. | University of the West of Scotland | Paisley, United Kingdom
M.Sc. On Campus

Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies

12 months
13325 GBP/year
10765 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies degree offered at the University of the West of Scotland introduce students to a range of cross disciplinary theories, concepts and evidence to analyze. 


A variety of external organizations are involved in our work-based learning at Contemporary Drug and Alcohol Studies offered at the University of the West of Scotland, including:

  • Charities
  • NGOs
  • Community groups
  • Health related alcohol and drug services

Experiential learning is an important feature of our course, allowing you to apply elements of class-based learning to the work place. If you are keen to pursue a career in research or doctoral study, you may opt to participate in a research work-based learning experience.

Career Focused

If you are already employed in services our course provides specialist knowledge of theory and contemporary evidence-based developments in the field and is useful for career advancement and continuing professional development. 

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Contemporary Responses to Substance Use
  • Understanding Substance Use 
  • Drugs & Culture 
  • The Politics of Drug and Alcohol Policy 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International- The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date  


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You are required to hold an upper second class honours degree in social science or equivalent (2:1 or above).
  • In particular circumstances you can use evidence of relevant professional experience to support your application. You must demonstrate - via portfolio, extended written application letter, and if deemed necessary by the course leader, an entrance interview – that you have sufficient professional or practise-based experience to undertake your studies.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13325 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13325 GBP per year during 12 months.
  • National

    10765 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10765 GBP per year during 12 months.

For Scottish students, cost of Study is £5,570. 

Living costs for Paisley

700 - 1400 GBP /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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