Addictive Behaviours - M5022

Addictive Behaviours

Graduate diploma

The course incorporates the latest evidence in addiction theory (including biological, neurobiological, psychological and social theories of addiction aetiology and maintenance) and addiction practice (assessment, dual diagnosis, management, treatment, and recovery); historical and contemporary policies and public health strategies for managing traditional, new and emerging substance use disorders  and process addictions. With the knowledge gained, you will make a positive impact on both the health and social wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities.

This course is designed for professionals working in health and social welfare sectors, education, government or policy development (and related disciplines) who seek to broaden their knowledge and skills in treating addictive behaviours. It is suitable for those working in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or similar social and community sectors, registered health practitioners and allied health professionals, policymakers, lawyers and criminologists. It is also suitable for those who are interested in upskilling professionally or looking to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in addictive behaviours through the Master course included in the Postgraduate Program of Addictive Behaviours.

Delivered part-time (via online learning), the Graduate Diploma 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 and activities, incorporating innovative educational technologies and new methodologies to enrich your learning experience.

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Course Details

  • Off-campus: Part time
  • 2 years (part time)
Start date
First semester (February)
Graduate Diploma of Addictive Behaviours
Course Handbook
Career opportunities

Graduates of the course are able to demonstrate a range of qualitative, quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in different settings, such as: policy and program development and evaluation, treatment and prevention services, health and community service management, research, education and training; and other services that advocate for people with addiction issues.

Entry Requirements

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

Minimum Entry Requirements (Domestic students)


An Australian bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a pass average.

*Cognate disciplines include medicine, psychology, nursing, health science, occupational therapy, social work, social and community welfare, science, policy, law, criminology, research, teaching, arts (multidisciplinary), and other health and social sciences.

English requirements

Applicants must also meet the English language requirements.

University entrance requirements

Minimum entrance requirements for admission to Monash University Australia.

Extra Requirements

Students who have completed the Graduate Certificate of Addictive Behaviours will have the first two units recognised as credit towards the Graduate Diploma of Addictive Behaviours.

The course  is structured into two parts: Part A Foundation Studies for Addictive Behaviours and Part B Core Studies in Addictive Behaviours.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M5022


Current Monash students

No, this course does not allow transfers.

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.

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 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.