Addictive Behaviours - M4018

Addictive Behaviours

Graduate certificate

This course is primarily designed for professionals working in health and social welfare sectors who seek to broaden their knowledge and skills related to the theory and practice of responding to addictive behaviours. It will develop expert knowledge and skills by focussing on the application of a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to addiction, and a range of assessment and treatment strategies for diagnosing and planning interventions for people experiencing addiction. With the knowledge gained, you can start making a positive impact on both the health and social wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities.

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, among other professionals (e.g., educators). 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 courses included in the Postgraduate Program of Addictive Behaviours (i,e., Graduate Diploma of Addictive Behaviours , and Master of Addictive Behaviours).

Delivered part-time (via online learning), the Graduate Certificate 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
  • 1 year (part time)
Start date
First semester (February)
Graduate Certificate of Addictive Behaviours
Course Handbook

Career opportunities

Whether you are looking to move into the addiction field, improve your knowledge and skills about addiction theories and practice, or progress to a more senior role, this course will help you to develop specialist knowledge, professional and academic skills to help advance your career.

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.

Study a Graduate Certificate in Addictive Behaviours

Gain the knowledge and skills related to the theory and practice of responding to addictive behaviours. Learn who this course is suitable for and why you should study the Graduate Certificate in Addictive Behaviours.

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 qualification 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.

Making the application

Future students

Semester one (February)

Apply directly to Monash using course code M4018


Current Monash students

You may apply to transfer from another Monash course. Transfers are a competitive process. You may apply mid-year for available courses however consideration will be given as to whether you will be able to follow your course progression.

Please note that if you apply for a course transfer, you should still enrol in your current course as if you were continuing so as not to jeopardise your enrolment in the Faculty if your transfer application is unsuccessful. More about Course Transfer...

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

Total fee for this 24 credit point (12 month part-time) course.


The equivalent fee for a 48 credit point (12 month full-time) course would be A$28,400

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.