Course information


Provider: DBS School of Arts

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


Contact: Administrator



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



  • Dialogical Meanings in Addiction: Theory, Practice and Policy
  • A Psychoanalytic Perspective on Addiction
  • Research Methods and Analysis
  • Addiction Psychopharmacology
  • Cultural Issues in the Study of Addiction
  • Women and Addiction
  • Integrative Tutorial
  • Supervised 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

Master of Arts Addiction Studies
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
The course fees for the next academic year are €8,900 for one year, and €4,350 for two years for EU students.