Master of Science in Addiction Studies: International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS)

The International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS) is a unique online programme of graduate study leading to a degree of Master of Science in Addiction Studies. Jointly offered by the University of Adelaide, King's College London, and Virginia Commonwealth University, the programme is available to students from all countries, although course materials are in English only. No campus attendance is required.  Full-time (12-month) and part-time (24-month) programme options are available.

The aim of IPAS is to develop professionals who are fully prepared to assume leadership roles in the addictions field.  The programme provides students with an advanced educational experience covering scientific methodology, treatment, public health issues, and additions policy.  Lectures are offered by leading authorities in each of these subject areas.  The firm scientific grounding of the programme, covering a range of areas from basic science to policy makes it appropriate for recent graduates and professionals working in a range of fields such as health, law enforcement, policy and education.  Students in the programme are enrolled in all three universities, and have access to their online resources. Upon completion of the degree, students receive a diploma conferred by all three partner universities. Graduates of the programme will be able to:

  • Translate research on addiction into more effective treatment and prevention practices;
  • Translate research into more effective policies at the local, state, national and international level to address public health issues;
  • Become specialists in addiction by integrating programme material into their profession/practice;
  • Have insight in a broad area of addiction research and practice;
  • Critically appraise information (either from the internet or scientific publications).