Master of Science in Addiction and Mental Health


This 1-year (part-time) MSc Addiction and Mental Health adopts a multidisciplinary approach to addiction studies within a mental health context. Students will consider theoretical and practical issues relating to the main factors influencing addiction from biological, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. The knowledge and skills that the students gain during the course will allow them to pursue or advance their careers in the fields of addiction and mental health issues.

This programme will equip students with up-to-date knowledge of addiction within a mental health context, as it addresses addiction from psychological, physiological, political and legal points of view. It also provides a strong scientific basis and teaches critical analysis of policy and law from an evidence-based perspective.

Programme Structure

Designed to accommodate and complement the busy commitments of today’s global managers and professionals, this 1 year part-time MSc programme comprises of 6 modules plus a Dissertation which are delivered on a modular basis.


Addiction Psychology

This module provides a broad introduction to the epidemiology, prevalence, description, diagnoses and theoretical models of the aetiology of addiction. Students will also examine in detail and critically assess the contribution of the developmental stages of addiction.

Neuroscience of Addiction and Pharmacotherapy

This module focuses on the neuroscientific explanations for addiction and the action of drugs in the nervous system. Students will get to investigate the contribution of genetics to addiction and examine neural mechanisms that are involved in the addiction process and treatment.


This introductory module will focus on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, social, behavioural and cognitive perspective across the lifespan. Using formal classification systems including the DSM-5 will provide an eclectic and multidisciplinary approach to understanding psychopathology. Various theoretical frameworks in both understanding and management of psychological problems will be explored.

Law, Policy and Ethics

This module allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the law, rights and code of professionals’ ethics within mental health. This module will look at the science base behind legal and policy developments across a range of mental health problems.

Treatment Interventions

This module is aimed at developing students’ professional skills in motivational interviewing and positive psychology which may support their current working practices and/or assist develop their employability skills. The module presents, discusses and evaluates critically evidence-oriented interventions for substance misuse and psychological distress. Motivational interviewing and positive psychology, which are evidence-based interventions, will be described, evaluated, and, illustrated with targeted clients.

Research Design and Analysis for Psychology

The module is designed for inclusion in postgraduate psychology courses where students entering the course have some experience of psychology and research methods. The aim of this module is to introduce students to general principles of research design and the epistemological issues associated with different approaches. Students will be introduced to a range of methods for data collection and analysis including both quantitative and qualitative approaches.


This module supports the process of planning and executing a research project. Students attend quantitative and qualitative research methods lectures which are further supported by interactive workshop activities. Additional workshop support is provided to students in the development of their research proposals, ethics forms and the submission of their research dissertations.


This is a coursework based program with certain modules having a combination of coursework and examination.

Delivery Structure

Each module spans over 2 consecutive weekends per month and includes a comprehensive coverage of 30 hours of face-to-face lectures that is complemented with online course support, additional readings and resource materials.

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Dr Christopher Fong

Doctor of Professional Studies

  • CEO of Psych.Line Consultant
  • A prolific faculty member that brings leadership from the concert hall to the boardroom
  • 20 years of track record in the psychology field including 12 years of teaching experience
  • Member of the renowned American Psychologist Association (APA) & Singapore Human Resource Institute

Dr Lim Kok Kwang

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Completed Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology), University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA
  • Registered Psychologist (Singapore) (1804001), Singapore Register of Psychologists, Singapore Psychological Society
  • Senior Psychologist (Clinical), National University Polyclinics, Singapore
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Center for Effective Living, Singapore
  • Director of Professional Training, Shan You, Singapore

Mr Anil Singh Sona

Master of Social Sciences (Sociology)

  • Course Leader, Course Developer and Academic Coach, Singapore University of Social Sciences
  • Former Assistant Manager, Community Outreach & Engagement, National Addictions Management Service (NAMS), Institute of Mental Health (IMH)
  • Associate faculty and course developer with teaching experience of more than 9 years on psychology & criminology

Ms Quek Swee Kim

Master of Guidance and Counselling

  • Counselling Practitioner with L4 accreditation under the Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors Singapore (APACS).
  • Awarded “Excellent Lecturer 2019” by East Asia Institute of Management.


Graduates can work at a strategic level in healthcare settings, in both private and government agencies shaping policies on addiction treatment within institutions and in society.

Possible future career options include that of:

  • Addiction Recovery Therapists
  • Behavioral Disorder Counsellors
  • Clinical Psychologists
  • Rehabilitation Counsellors
  • Senior Social Workers
  • Substance Abuse Counsellors

Degree Awarded

Upon successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded a Master of Science Addiction and Mental Health by London Metropolitan University.

The Degree awarded will be the same as that awarded on-campus.

Admission Criteria

Candidates are expected to contribute to the class learning experience and participation. You will be assessed based on experience, aptitude, potential and ability to add value to the interactions between peers and faculty.

A minimum of a lower second-class (2.2) honours degree in social sciences, health, education or human sciences, or;

Mature candidates above 30 years with a minimum of 8 years work experience may be considered on a case-to case basis.

Minimum of 6.0 IELTS overall with no less than 5.5 in any band, or equivalent (applicable only for graduates from non-English programmes).


Please download the brochure or enquire at 9151 3308 for more information.


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