Addiction and Substance Use in a Range of Contexts

Short Course - 15 credits at SCQF level 9 or 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | 7.5 ECTS points
Addiction and Substance Use in a Range of Contexts - 15 credits at SCQF level 9 or 15 credits at SCQF level 11 | 7.5 ECTS points

This module will be beneficial for people working in a wide variety of disciplines and areas who are keen to broaden their understanding of engaging with people with substance use issues. The module encourages application of understanding to practice in order to improve experiences for people with substance use issues.

This course has one study option

Mode of Attendance

  • Blended

Mode of Study

  • Part Time

Start Date


Course Length

16 weeks
You will study:
  • Contemporary substance use policy and legislation
  • Psychological trauma, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the principles of trauma-informed care in relation to working with people with substance use issues
  • The importance and influence of cultures and practices on the experiences and outcomes of people with substance use issues and their families and carers
  • Assessment methods and interventions including Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABIs) and an introduction to Motivational Interviewing
  • Strategies for addressing professional, ethical and legal challenges relating to addiction and substance use


The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.

Learning Methods

Most of the module is delivered online via CampusMoodle.

There are 3 study days which, pre-Covid, required attendance in person for 8 hours per day. During Covid restrictions we have adapted this to 5 face-to-face online study days, which last for 4 hours per day.

Independent Study

There is an expectation that you will engage in around 8 hours of independent study per week across the module.

Staff delivering on this course

Staff delivering this module have expertise in the addiction and substance use field.  Staff bring current practice experience from a variety of backgrounds including nursing, police and third sector.


You are expected to produce a 3000 word written assignment.


Academic Support

The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.

Study Skills Support

The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:

  • Academic writing
  • Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
  • Maths and statistics
  • English language
  • Information technology support


Credit from this module may contribute to the MSc Advancing Practice Clinical Practice and Nursing routes or the Professional Development Framework.

Normally, you are expected to be able to demonstrate degree level study; however, if this is not the case, interested individuals are encouraged to make contact to discuss their circumstances.

For Academic Year 2022/2023

  • All Students - Fees to be confirmed

For Academic Year 2021/2022

15 credits at SCQF level 9 | 7.5 ECTS points

  • UK Students: £660
  • EU Students: £660
  • International Students: £1070

15 credits at SCQF level 11 | 7.5 ECTS points

  • UK Students: £690
  • EU Students: £690
  • International Students: £1230

Additional Costs

The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:


For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter.  For further information see:


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