Our Addiction and Mental Health MSc degree adopts a multidisciplinary approach to addiction studies within a mental health context. You'll consider theoretical and practical issues relating to the main factors influencing addiction from biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. The knowledge and skills you'll gain during the course will allow you to pursue or advance your career in the fields of addiction and mental health issues.
This course will equip you with an up-to-date knowledge of addiction within a mental health context, as it addresses addiction from psychological, physiological, political and legal points of view. It also provides a strong scientific basis and teaches critical analysis of policy and law from an evidence-based perspective. The role of research is continually emphasised and you'll become an active participant in the creation of knowledge.
Career development is a strong focus of the degree and you'll develop knowledge that will allow you to work in different areas of the addiction field. You'll also develop skills relating to the assessment, management and treatment of addiction.
You'll be taught by practitioners, researchers and scholars in the addiction and mental health fields and be encouraged to become a member of the Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA).
The course is assessed through a variety of methods that will allow you to demonstrate your academic knowledge and gain career-ready skills.
You'll be assessed through essays, case studies, oral presentations, critical and systematic reviews, qualitative and quantitative research reports.
We are planning to return to our usual ways of teaching this autumn including on-campus activities for your course. However, it's still unclear what the government requirements on social distancing and other restrictions might be, so please keep an eye on our Covid-19 pages for further updates as we get closer to the start of the autumn term.
You will be required to have:
Graduates from other disciplines who have extensive relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis.
Students can be accepted on the basis of relevant education and experience. Accredited prior learning can also be accepted for modules in a relevant subject.
Any university-level qualifications or relevant experience you gain prior to starting university could count towards your course at London Met. Find out more about applying for Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL).
To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.
If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.
The modules listed below are for the academic year 2021/22 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.
Year 1 modules include:
This module provides a broad introduction to the epidemiology, prevalence, description, diagnoses and theoretical models of the aetiology of addiction.
The module aims to:
• critically examine definitions, descriptions and classifications of addiction.
• examine in detail and critically assess the contribution of the developmental stages of addiction
• critically evaluate major psychological theories and vulnerabilities in the aetiology of addiction
This module allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the law, rights and code of professionals’ ethics within mental health. This module will look at the science base behind legal and policy developments across a range of mental health problems.
This module focuses on the neuroscientific explanations for addiction and the action of drugs in the nervous system. This module aims to:
• examine the action(s) of substances in the brain
• examine and evaluate the use of animal experiments in addiction theorey and studies
• examine neural mechanisms that are involved in the addiction process and treatement
• investigate the contribution of genetics to addiction
This introductory module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, social, behavioural and cognitive perspective across the lifespan. Using formal classification systems including the DSM-5, it will provide an eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding psychopathology. Various theoretical frameworks in both understanding and management of psychological problems will be explored.
The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses where students entering the course have some experience of psychology and research methods, but less than would normally be expected from a BPS accredited degree in psychology. The aim of this module is to introduce students to general principles of research design and the epistemological issues associated with different approaches. Student will be introduced to a range of methods for data collection and analysis including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.
This module supports the process of planning and executing a research project.
This module is aimed at developing students’ professional skills in motivational interviewing and positive psychology which may support their current working practices and/or assist develop their employability skills. The module presents, discusses, and evaluates critically evidence-oriented interventions for substance misuse and psychological distress. Motivational interviewing and positive psychology, which are evidence-based interventions, will be described, evaluated, and, illustrated with targeted clients. Clients in this context will include students’ only. For students with no core psychology/healthcare training additional training would be necessary to pursue a clinical/counselling career.
The Addiction and Mental Health MSc will provide you with opportunities to enter or progress within a diverse range of occupations, including psychology, social work and police services.
The course will also allow you to pursue further study in clinical psychology and related disciplines.
Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.
Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.
Use the apply button to begin your application.
If you require a Student visa and wish to study a postgraduate course on a part-time basis, please read our how to apply information for international students to ensure you have all the details you need about the application process.
You are advised to apply as early as possible as applications will only be considered if there are places available on the course.To find out when teaching for this degree will begin, as well as welcome week and any induction activities, view our academic term dates.
Please select when you would like to start:
Completing a degree amid the pandemic was a challenge for new Psychology grad Alice, but her experiences of it provided an important component for her first-class dissertation.
A new editorial co-authored by London Met Professor of Applied Health Research, Duncan Stewart, explores the potential of Structured Medication Reviews (SMR).
London Met research shows listening to Mozart improves short-term memory - while the music of fellow Austrian composer, Mahler, degrades it.
Police Now, the new graduate leadership development programme is supported by Dr Robin Bhairam and Professor John Grieve of London Met.
Svetlana Stephenson: the sociology academic uncovering the murky world of Russian gangs
London Met alumnus James Mannion brings his original rock opera to Islington
Staff and students are teaming up with Islington foodbank to help those less fortunate.
Award winning researcher to give talk at London Metropolitan University
London Met’s School of Psychology presents a research talk on a new education initiative by the council of Europe.
London Met’s School of Psychology introduces its specialist subjects at a day-long event for local A-level students.
Jemima Fischbach, a BA Psychology student at London Met, spent her summer volunteering in a special needs facility in Sri Lanka.
A London Met Intern is providing invaluable expertise to help improve a local charity service.
London Met academic is the lead author on highly collaborative research showing that newborn attention is linked to later childhood behaviour
New research shows link between early visual attention and later behavioural problems.