Addictive Behaviours - M6014

Addictive Behaviours

Expert master degree

Learn from local, national and international experts in addiction science and explore contemporary issues in substance use disorders (alcohol and misuse of prescribed and illicit drugs), process addictions (gambling and gaming), and other emerging addictive behaviours yet to be formally recognised (sex or food addiction).

This course is designed for practitioners and policymakers, incorporating the latest evidence related to assessment, treatment, neuroscience, social and drug policies, and public health, as well as emerging substances and behavioural addictions. With the knowledge gained, you will make a positive impact on both the health and social wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities.

By engaging with local and world-recognised clinicians, researchers, academics, and policy makers, you will stay up-to-date with the research, scholarly knowledge and modern practice in the field of addictive behaviours.

This course offers coursework or research streams. The coursework stream will enable you to pursue your own career interests in addictive behaviours. The research stream will introduce you to designing and writing up a research project in an area of addiction of your choice, supervised by a reputable academic in addictive behaviours. Completion of the research stream could be your next step towards a PhD in addiction science at Monash University.

Delivered fully online, the Master of Addictive Behaviours offers the flexibility required by working professionals. You will have the opportunity to study via facilitated modules, stream video lectures, and take part in-group discussion forums, incorporating innovative educational technologies and new methodologies to enrich your learning experience.

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At a glance

Course Details

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

Whether you are looking to move into the addiction field, progress to a more senior role or develop your research skills, this course will expand your specialist knowledge, professional and academic skills to advance your career. Within the Master of Addictive Behaviours, you will:

  • Understand the process by which addiction and its 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 substance and behavioural addictions.
  • Learn how to identify, manage, and treat individuals with addictive behaviours.

Career Outcomes

Upon successful completion, you may find employment opportunities in government, non-government and private organisations including:

  • Policy and program development
  • Treatment and prevention services
  • Research, education and training institutions; and
  • Advocacy services

Research

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 will 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, behaviours, and stigma
  • Family violence and child maltreatment related to alcohol and drug use
  • Sleep, self-harm, suicide prevention and surveillance
  • Addiction public health policies and prevention
  • Gambling, gaming, and other behavioural addictions and interventions * Co-occurring disorders and dual diagnosis
  • Harm reduction and minimisation strategies

Completing the research stream may be a pathway to a PhD in addictive behaviours.

“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)

Qualifications

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 1:
Duration 4 years part-time (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.

Entry level 2:
Duration 3 years part-time (72 points to complete)

An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a credit (60%) average an equivalent GPA and at least 3 years (full time equivalent) of relevant professional work experience accompanied with high level written skills.**

OR

An Australian graduate diploma (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline.*

OR

A four-year Australian undergraduate honours degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline.*

Entry level 3:
Duration 2 years part-time (48 points to complete)

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

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.

*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.

Interview

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview.

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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M6014

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Self assess for credit eligibility

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

Fees

Fees are subject to change annually.

Full fee

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

A$26,000

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.

Scholarships

We offer over 360 types of scholarships, valued at up to $280,000. Some scholarships offer one-off payments while others continue for the length of your course. Learn more about Monash Scholarships.

Other costs and fees

For information on other study costs and fees, see other study costs.