12 months
30320 AUD/year
24560 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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With the Alcohol and Drug Studies diploma from the University of Southern Queensland develop your knowledge and practical skills to make a real impact in people’s lives. 


  • As part of your studies, you’ll learn how to counsel people struggling with substance misuse, conduct motivational interviewing, relapse prevention, and gain an insight into psychoactive drugs.
  • While study is mainly external, you will be required to attend mandatory residential schools at USQ Ipswich campus associated with four designated courses to meet the required number of hours of face-to-face instruction and ensure you have the best possible skills preparation.

Career outcomes 

  • As a graduate from  Alcohol and Drug Studies diploma from the University of Southern Queensland, you will be equipped to provide specialised skills in assessment and treatment of substance misuse disorders, relevant to your practice specialisation.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Counselling Skills and Applications
  • Professional Counselling Practice, Identity and Ethics
  • Counselling Frameworks
  • Counselling Issues and Contexts
  • Group Counselling Process and Practice 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • You can apply throughout the year and for courses that start in three different semesters
  • Apply early, to make sure you secure a place


8 alternative credits




Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: QLD 00244B, NSW 02225M   

  • A bachelor's degree from a recognised university.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    30320 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 30320 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    24560 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 24560 AUD per year during 12 months.


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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