Provider: DBS School of Arts

Address: Dublin Business School, 13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Web: http://www.dbs.ie

Contact: Administrator


Email: admissions@dbs.ie

Telephone: 01 417 7500

Category C : Courses leading to a professional or academic qualification (NFQ level 6 and higher)

• To formally explore addictions from a variety of academic and scientific perspectives; including social, cultural, psychological, anthropological, and psychoanalytic perspectives
• To evaluate how these perspectives interact and how they differ from each other
• To critically inform policy making in relation to addictions, as well as the management of addiction services and the treatment of addictions


Semester 1:
• Basic concepts in psychoanalysis
• Approaches to the theory & treatment of addiction
• Transference issues in addiction treatment
• Research methodology 1

Semester 2:
• Cultural issues in the study of addiction
• Social policies & social context of addiction
• Research methodology 2
• Integrative tutorials
• Clinical visits

Semester 3:
• Clinical visits
• Research project

Target Group

This programme is designed for students with a background in psychology, psychoanalysis, anthropology, sociology, or a cognate discipline who wish to acquire a postgraduate qualification in the area of Addiction. It is also very suitable for applicants with a clinical training in health or social care who wish to apply a knowledge of the theory and approaches to addiction to their clinical work. In addition, the course provides an exciting and thought-provoking foundation for students who may wish to subsequently pursue training in the counselling or psychotherapy of addiction.

The full-time day programme is one year in duration & contains three twelve week semesters. The course has four key components:
• An academic programme of lectures
• A weekly seminar with emphasis on research
• Clinical visits to addiction treatment centres
• A period of research for an extended thesis

Entry Requirement

To be considered for admission, applicants must:
• Hold a minimum Second Class Honours (2:2) Degree in any humanities or social science discipline from a recognised third level institution, or equivalent qualification,
• Be a graduate of any non-cognate discipline & hold a qualification in a conversion style programme such as a Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies, or
• Have an equivalent professional qualification.

In addition, applicants whose first language is not English must:
• Hold an IELTS socre of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent

Selection Procedure

For more information about the course, see the course website at http://www.dbs.ie/Addiction-Studies-MA.htm

Master of Arts
Assessment is by examination, project and presentation work and continuous assessment
HETAC Level 9

This course was first offered in 1999 and is repeated annually.

Dates / Availability
Full time, for 26 weeks, from October to May; clinical visits and thesis work continuing until August. Also offered part-time over 2 years.
Dublin Business School, Dublin
For further information please contact the Admissions Office on 01 4177500 or visit our website www.dbs.ie
€8,300 for one year, and €4,150 for two years.