Addictive Behaviours - M6014

Addictive Behaviours

Expert master degree

Develop specialist knowledge and professional skills to benefit people and communities with our graduate courses in Addictive Behaviours, offered in partnership with Turning Point, a national treatment, research and education centre.

You’ll learn from Australian and international experts in addiction science and explore contemporary issues including problem drinking, gambling and the misuse of prescribed and illicit drugs. By engaging with world-leading clinicians, researchers and policy makers, our innovative courses will keep you up-to-date with the latest research in the field of addiction and how this translates into practice at individual, group and organisational levels.

Delivered fully online, our Addictive Behaviours programs combine the quality of a Monash postgraduate degree with the flexibility required by working professionals. You’ll study through interactive modules, watch video lectures and take part in group discussion forums.

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Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 4 years (part time)
Start date First Semester (February)
Qualification Master of Addictive Behaviours
Course Handbook

Whether you’re looking to move into the addiction field, progress to a more senior role or explore research, our courses will expand your specialist knowledge and skills to advance your career.

In our Addictive Behaviours courses, you will: * Analyse biopsychosocial models of addiction and current discourses around addictive behaviours.

  • Understand the process by which addiction policies are formed.
  • Explore the impact of addictive behaviours on individuals, families, communities and social systems.
  • Evaluate a range of evidence-based treatment approaches and forms of intervention for various addictive behaviours including alcohol, illicit drugs and gambling.
  • Learn how to identify, manage and treat individuals with addictive behaviours.

Career Outcomes

As an Addictive Behaviours graduate, you’re ready to advance your career in the addiction field. You may find employment in areas of government, non-government and private organisations including:

  • Policy development
  • Treatment and prevention services
  • Research
  • Education and training
  • Advocacy services


Monash is recognised globally for its research excellence. As part of the Master of Addictive Behaviours, you can choose to undertake a research project, where you’ll be matched with an expert supervisor in the field. Supported research areas include:

  • Socio-cultural perspectives on alcohol and drug use and treatment
  • Treatment interventions for people with alcohol and drug issues
  • Health professional attitudes and stigma
  • Sleep, self-harm, and suicide
  • Gambling interventions
  • Co-occurring disorders

Completing the research stream can be used as a pathway to a PhD.

“I have worked with long-term homeless and complex needs clients for many years. Through completing the Master’s program, I have become a better advocate and can apply what I have learnt to improve outcomes for this group.”
Michelle, Master of Addictive Behaviours graduate

“I’m already reaping the rewards from choosing this course. Within a short time, I’ve scaled the career ladder way beyond my imagination – from mental health graduate nurse to my current role as acting Treatment Service Manager. The knowledge I’ve gained has informed my clinical practice.” Teddy, Master of Addictive Behaviours student

Entry Requirements

You need to satisfy the following entrance requirements to be considered for entry to this course.

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


We offer three levels of entry into our Master of Addictive Behaviours and you may be eligible to receive credit for prior qualifications and experience which reduces the duration.

Entry Level Eligibility (in equivalent Australian qualification terms)1 Duration2
Entry level 1: 96 points to complete An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline with at least a credit average of 60% or an equivalent GPA*. 4 years part-time
Entry level 2: 72 points to complete a) An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a credit average of 60% or an equivalent GPA and at least 3 years (full time equivalent) of relevant professional work experience accompanied with high level written skills**.
b) An Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline*.
c) A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline*.
3 years part-time
Entry level 3: 48 points to complete a) A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* and at least 3 years (full time equivalent) of professional work experience within the addiction field, or qualification/experience
b) An Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* and at least 3 years (full time equivalent) of professional work experience within the addiction field.
2 years part-time

*Cognate disciplines include: nursing, social work, medicine and psychology (i.e. health), research, teaching, law, policy, sport health and human resources.

**Examples of high level written skills include published journal articles and book chapters etc.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview. The following must be provided before an application can be assessed:

  • A curriculum vitae/resume showing relevant industry experience
  • Academic transcript(s) of relevant degrees
  • A statement of purpose (500 words) outlining reasons for undertaking the course and your area(s) of interest.
  • Examples of high level written skills (e.g. journal articles, book chapters etc), if required
  • Evidence you meet Monash’s minimum English language requirements for postgraduate study.


Applicants may be required to participate in an interview.

Making the application

Future students

Note: Please make sure you read the extra requirements before you apply.

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6014

Self assess for credit eligibility

Check for study credit using the "Credit search" link on the Credit for prior study page


Fees are subject to change annually.

Note Please note: The fee information displayed is based on the 2018 rates and should only be used as a guide.

Full fee

Fees are per 48 credit points which represents a standard full-time course load for a year.


Fee assistance

As a full fee-paying student, you may be eligible to apply for the optional FEE-HELP to assist you to pay all or part of your tuition fees.


We offer over 200 types of scholarships, valued at up to $70,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other fees

The Student Services and Amenities Fee applies to some students each calendar year.

All students complete Part A and Part B. Completion of Parts C and D will depend on entry level.

  • Level 1 - Complete Parts A, B, C, D (96 points) - 4 years part-time
  • Level 2 - Complete Parts A, B and C (72 points) - 3 years part-time
  • Level 3 - Complete Parts A and B (48 points) - 2 years part-time

Note: Students eligible for credit for prior qualifications and experience may elect not to receive the credit and complete one of the higher credit-point options.