Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction Medicine

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This Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction Medicine is exclusively designed for healthcare professionals who hold a University undergraduate qualification in a medical field.

45% of UK adults aged 18-75, equivalent to 22 million people, have either directly experienced addiction themselves with a dependency to alcohol, drugs, medication, gambling or sex, or know someone close to them that has. Within the UK alone, more people die each year due to drug misuse than from road traffic incidents and all knife crime combined. Moreover, there were 8,974 alcohol-specific deaths in the UK alone in 2020, which was an increase of 18.6% from 2019.

Our 6 month Postgraduate Certificate in Addiction Medicine will provide healthcare professionals with advanced knowledge of addiction, positively contributing to their ability to assess and offer initial treatment or relevant advice to those presenting with related issues. This will not only directly support the levels of care for this broad patient group, but would also reduce the burden currently placed on rehabilitation facilities for addiction.

Additionally, as the programme is delivered completely online it will allow medical professionals within the UK and internationally to access vital higher education on the topic of addiction, positively contributing to the awareness, treatment and related research for addiction related issues across the world.

Subject to validation

PgCert Addiction Medicine

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Exit Points
6 Months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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This concise six month Addiction Medicine programme offers students the opportunity for tutor-led peer discussion on key topics with a multidisciplinary approach, exploring realistic application with global reach. Students will be offered the opportunity to enhance their research skills, communication, problem-solving, providing the confidence and resilience needed to use their own initiative and manage their time effectively.

Following completion of the course you should be able to:

  • Develop a systematic knowledge of the investigation and evidence-based management in areas surrounding addiction medicine.
  • Synthesise the evidence and critically interpret this into the care of patients presenting with addiction in a range of healthcare settings.
  • Critically analyse the biological, physiological and ethical considerations related to the delivery of addiction medicine with a multidisciplinary approach.

Subject To Validation

This programme has not yet been validated by a University partner. We are accepting applications for this course on the basis that it will shortly be validated. Please note that all applications are subject to this validation being approved.

Subject to validation

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

100% Online
Exit Points
6 Months
6 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study an Addiction Medicine Postgraduate Certificate with Learna

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Who is this course for?

The Addiction Medicine course is aimed at all healthcare professionals with a related postgraduate qualification and interested in addiction medicine and includes:

  • General Practitioners
  • Psychiatrists
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Nurses
  • Pharmacists
  • Addiction Medicine Specialists
  • Public Health Professionals

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


Our online Addiction Medicine Postgraduate Certificate allows you to study for just six months and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 60 credits and comprises three modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module aims:
To develop a systematic understanding of the biological and pharmacological underpinnings of addiction, including the neurobiological, genetic, and environmental factors contributing to substance misuse. This module aims to create a foundational knowledge base from which students can critically assess and understand the complexity of addiction.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Introduction to Addiction Biology
  • Genetics and Environmental Influences
  • Pharmacology of Addiction
  • Neuroadaptation and Behavioural Impact
  • Substance Specific Addictions
  • Emerging Issues and Trends in Addiction

Learning and Teaching Methods:

  1. Critically evaluate and compare the biological, psychological, and socio-cultural models of addiction, analysing their strengths, limitations, and implications for clinical practice and public health interventions.
  2. Synthesise advanced theoretical frameworks and empirical evidence underpinning addiction models to develop evidence-based interventions and policies aimed at prevention, treatment, and harm reduction strategies within diverse healthcare settings.

Module aims:
To enhance the knowledge and skills necessary for the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of addiction using evidence-based clinical and psychosocial interventions. This module focuses on developing advanced, practical skills for managing and supporting individuals with substance use disorders through a comprehensive and patient-centred approach to care.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Assessment and Diagnosis
  • Evidence-Based Treatment Approaches
  • Psychosocial Interventions and Support
  • Addressing Co-occurring Disorders
  • Relapse Prevention and Management
  • Integrated Care and Collaborative Treatment

Learning and Teaching Methods:

  1. Demonstrate a systemic understanding and knowledge of assessing people for addiction and critically appraise and evaluate different modes of treatment in addiction care.
  2. Construct management strategies that include effective collaboration with a multidisciplinary team, employing advanced communication and leadership skills to optimise patient care and outcomes in addiction treatment.

Module aims:
To provide students with a systematic understanding of the ethical, legal, and public health considerations in addiction medicine in a range of complex settings. This module aims to enhance an appreciation of the societal impacts of addiction, the importance of ethical care provision, and the role of healthcare professionals in advocating for policy changes and public health initiatives to reduce the burden of addiction.

Content Summary:
Indicative content to include topics outlined below and/or any other relevant current topics to fulfil the module aims and learning outcomes:

  • Ethical Considerations in Addiction Medicine
  • Legal Frameworks and Regulations
  • Public Health and Policy
  • Social Determinants and Cultural Competence
  • Prevention and Community Engagement
  • Handling Complex Cases and Safeguarding

Learning and Teaching Methods:

  1. Critically evaluate the ethical implications of legal frameworks in addiction medicine, analysing their impact on patient rights, confidentiality, and equitable access to care.
  2. Exhibit critical thinking and analytical skills to examine the ethical, legal, and societal implications related to addiction medicine, synthesising complex information to inform ethical-decision making and policy advocacy.

Assessment Methods

The Addiction Medicine online course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The three modules on the course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Students are required to critically analyse clinically focused case-based scenarios, discussion threads and weekly questions posed by their tutors via the Academic Forum (an online discussion board) and designed to meet the module learning outcomes. Here, students make their own researched and referenced contributions and interact with the tutor and their fellow students. There is no didactic teaching, instead, students are posed questions and prompted to search the literature, read it critically and respond. Engagement is encouraged by the tutor prompting students to respond and the use of automated activity monitoring software.

At the end of each module, the tutor allocates marks to each student based on a marking rubric. The rubric takes into account the following elements:

· Promptness and initiative
· Delivery of post (spelling and grammar)
· The relevance of post and referencing
· Expression within the post

The online reflective journal is a learning portfolio that requires the students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme as the professionals will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides regular feedback to the student and marks it at the end of the module.

Reflective practice is a requirement for healthcare professionals for both professional re-validation and professional development.

The group activity is designed to stimulate and test the students’ ability to work as a team in taking the subject area forward. A group task is set, the group elects a leader using the online forum (designed to put leadership skills into practice) and the leader allocates tasks to group members.

The leader is responsible for managing, collating and submitting the activity (online) at the end of the module. The tutor provides formative guidance part way through the module and marks the assessment at the end.
Examples of individual activities might include either a written assignment, poster, blog or social media project.

All students must complete the same assignment for each module that is predetermined by the programme Leader before the modules commence. Students are not provided with an option to choose.

Case problems in the form of a one-hour timed examination with multiple-choice ‘single best answer’ questions directly test the reasoning and knowledge objectives of the module. The online examination is marked automatically. The examination tests Anti-Ageing Medicine related theory and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

Since our Addiction Medicine programme is conducted entirely online, it is accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2024£850
1st January 2025£850

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

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