Postgraduate study in Addiction Studies

What can you study in Addiction Studies?

In this specialisation, you study topics such as:

  • Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies
  • Theory and Skills in Counselling Practice
  • Assessment and Intervention with Addiction
  • Coexisting Problems: Theories and Principles
  • Biology of Addiction
  • Loss, Grief and Bereavement
  • Primary Mental Health

Develop your skills and knowledge with an advanced postgraduate qualification for health professionals who are moving into leadership roles in this area.

Subject structure

Students doing a 120 point masters are required to enrol in and complete the following courses:

  • POPLHLTH 737 Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 707 Theory and Skills in Counselling Practice (15 points)
  • POPLPRAC 708 Assessment and Intervention with Addiction (30 Points)

and 60 point dissertation
Or
45 points: HLTHSCI 795 Project
with

  • 15 points or 30 points from these, to make up complete 180 points-
    • MAORIHTH 701 Foundations of Māori Health (15 Points)
    • PAEDS 712 Youth Health Clinical Skills (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 722 - Organisation of Health Systems (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 738 - Biology of Addiction (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 739 – Pacific Health (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 747 - Loss, Grief and Bereavement (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 768 - Special Studies in Addiction and Mental Health (15 Points) - By arrangement with the programme director
    • POPLHLTH 773 - Pharmacotherapeutic Responses to Addiction (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 774 - Addiction Consumptions and Public Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 702 – Primary Mental Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 712 - Project Planning for Lifestyle Change (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 765 - Coexisting Problems: Theories and Principles (15 Points)

Students doing a 180 point masters are required to enrol in and complete the following courses:

  • POPLHLTH 737 - Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 707 - Theory and Skills in Counselling Practice (15 points)
  • POPLPRAC 708 - Assessment and Intervention with Addiction (30 Points)

15 points from-

30 points from-

  • POPLHLTH 738 - Biology of Addiction (15 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 768 - Special Studies in Addiction and Mental Health (15 Points) - By arrangement with the programme director
  •   POPLHLTH 773 - Pharmacotherapeutic Responses to Addiction (15 Points)
  • POPLHLTH 774 - Addiction Consumptions and Public Health (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 712 - Project Planning for Lifestyle Change (15 Points)
  • POPLPRAC 765 - Coexisting Problems: Theories and Principles (15 Points

and
60 point dissertation
Or
45 points: HLTHSCI 795 Project
with

  • 15 or 30 points from the following courses in order to complete the 180 point requirement:
    • MAORIHTH 701 - Foundations of Māori Health (15 Points)
    • PAEDS 712 - Youth Health Clinical Skills (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 722 - Organisation of Health Systems (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 738 - Biology of Addiction (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 739 – Pacific Health (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 747 - Loss, Grief and Bereavement (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 768 - Special Studies in Addiction and Mental Health (15 Points) - By arrangement with the programme director
    • POPLHLTH 773 - Pharmacotherapeutic Responses to Addiction (15 Points)
    • POPLHLTH 774 - Addiction Consumptions and Public Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 702 – Primary Mental Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 712 - Project Planning for Lifestyle Change (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 754 - Infant, Child and Adolescent Mental Health (15 Points)
    • POPLPRAC 765 - Coexisting Problems: Theories and Principles (15 Points)

Where can postgraduate study in Addiction Studies take you?

Graduates of this programme are expected to be in demand from a variety of employers, including Community Alcohol and Drug Services and mental health services delivered through DHB’s as well as a number of NGO’s that deliver addiction programmes.

Completion of the programme will enable graduates to achieve accreditation with DAPAANZ (Drug and Alcohol Practitioners Association of Aotearoa – New Zealand).

Jobs related to Addiction Studies

  • Recovery Coach
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Co-occurring Disorders Counselor (Mental Health and Substance Use)
  • Vocational Counselor
  • Nurse/Psychiatric Nurse
  • Detox Specialist
  • Psychologist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Addictionologist/Medical Director
  • Family Therapist
  • Social Worker
  • Case Manager
  • Administrative Support
  • Researcher
  • Educator/Teacher/Professor

Help and advice

For general student enquiries, please contact the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences Students’ Centre.

For more information,  please contact Head of Department, Dr David Newcombe
Email: d.newcombe@auckland.ac.nz
Phone: +64 (0) 9 923 6557