Master of Addictive Behaviours

Monash University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00008C

The course incorporates the latest evidence in addiction theory (including biological, neurobiological, psychological and social theories of addiction aetiology and maintenance) and addiction practice (assessment, dual diagnosis, management, treatment, and recovery); historical and contemporary policies and public health strategies for managing traditional, new and emerging substance use disorders and process addictions. With the knowledge gained, you will make a positive impact on both the health and social wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities. This course is designed for professionals working in health and social welfare sectors, education, government or policy development (and related disciplines) who seek to broaden their knowledge and skills in treating addictive behaviours. It is suitable for those working in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or similar social and community sectors, registered health practitioners and allied health professionals, policymakers, lawyers and criminologists. It is also suitable for those who are interested in upskilling professionally or looking to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in addictive behaviours.


Students must complete 4 core units (48 points): Addiction Science: A biopsychosocial overview, Sociocultural perspectives of addiction, Addiction policies, prevention and public health, Addiction assessment and treatment: Practice and innovation. Units will be delivered via an off-campus (distance education) learning basis. Contact with teaching staff will be available through Monash University's existing online systems, email and telephone. For each unit, students will be expected to participate in online discussion groups and, while not formally assessed, non-attendance will be a barrier to completion of the unit.


  • Addictive behaviours

Standard entry requirements

  • Entry level 1: An Australian undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a pass average
  • Entry level 2: An Australian postgraduate award (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline* with at least a pass average
  • AND
  • Current employment as a Registered health professional (e.g., General PrACT itioner, Nurse, Psychologist) with a minimum of three years experience (full time equivalent)
  • Current employment in the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) sector with a minimum of three years experience.

Study information

CampusFeesMid year intakeAttendance
Monash Online International: $93,800 No

Further information

Applicants may be required to participate in an interview. The following must be provided before an application can be assessed: A curriculum vitae/resume showing relevant industry experience. Academic transcript(s) of relevant degrees. A statement of purpose (500 words) outlining reasons for undertaking the course and your area(s) of interest. Examples of high level written skills (e.g. published journal articles, book chapters etc) (if required as specified in the entry requirements). Evidence you meet Monash's minimum English language requirements for post graduate study. This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However, holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.

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