Master of Science in Addiction & Mental Health

Awarded by London Metropolitan University


The Masters of Science in Addiction and Mental Health is a 12 Months Part-time Masters Degree programme designed for professionals in the Care and Mental Wellness Sectors. The programme 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 program 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 12 Months Part-Time MSc programme comprises of 6 modules plus a dissertation, which are delivered on a modular basis. This is a coursework-based program with certain modules having a combination of coursework and examination.

Start Date

7 Oct 2023


12 Months Part Time


09:00am - 05:30pm

Admission Criteria

Candidates are expected to contribute to the learning experience and participation in the class. 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


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)

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.

9am to 5:30pm9am to 5:30pm9am to 5:30pm9am to 5:30pm

Course Curriculum

Addiction Psychology

Provides a broad introduction to the epidemiology, prevalence, description, diagnosis, 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

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.


Focuses on the theoretical explanations of psychopathology from a biological, social, behavioral, 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 the understanding and management of psychological problems will be explored.

Law, Policy and Ethics

Allows students to explore the relationship between key aspects of the law, rights and codes 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

Aimed at developing students’ professional skills in motivational interviewing and positive psychology, which may support their current working practices and/or assist in developing their employability skills. The module introduces, discusses, and critically evaluates evidence-based interventions for substance abuse 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

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.


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.

Expert Faculty

Meet the expert faculty guiding your success.

Dr Christopher Fong

Doctor of Professional Studies - The University of Southern Queensland, Australia

  • Lead Clinical Consultant
  • A prolific faculty member that brings leadership from the concert hall to the boardroom
  • 20 years of in the HR & Psychology field including 12 years of teaching experience
  • Masters Degree in Counseling, The University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Dr Lim Kok Kwang

Doctor of Philosophy

  • Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology) (APA accredited), University of Tennessee at Knoxville, USA
  • Registered Psychologist (Singapore), Singapore Register of Psychologists, Singapore Psychological Society
  • Senior Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Effective Living, 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

Degree Awarded

You will be awarded a Master of Science Addiction and Mental Health by London Metropolitan University, the same as that awarded on-campus.

MSc Addiction and Mental Health Sample Certificate

Career Opportunities

The Care Economy comprises a professional cluster of jobs and skills involved in nurturing and teaching current and future populations. Almost 40% of job openings in emerging professions globally will be in the Care Economy by 2022. 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:

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of pursuing a Part-time Masters?

One of the biggest benefits of pursuing a part-time Masters is having the flexibility to continue working. Most students at Aventis are working professionals, and our part-time Masters in Singapore allow them to progress in their careers without sacrificing their studies. Students can also study at their own pace and build a professional network simultaneously.

Does Part-time Masters help in Career and Salary ?

Earning a Masters can certainly increase your earning potential. According to a survey conducted by the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC), the median base salary for recent Masters graduates in the United States was $115,000 in 2020, compared to $85,000 for those with just a bachelor's degree.

However, the impact a Masters has on salary can depend on several factors, including the industry, location, and job function. Besides salary increment or promotion, a Masters can help you develop valuable skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of industries and roles, making you a more desirable candidate for high-paying positions. But it's worth noting that a Masters program can be expensive, and you should carefully consider the potential return on investment before committing to one.

What is the difference between a Part-time Masters and a Full-time Masters?

Full-time Masters tend to be more academically rigorous but take place for only two years. As such, the programme does not accommodate working schedules. On the other hand, part-time Masters are less competitive and grant more flexibility and freedom for working students. Singapore Part-time Masters are typically completed in three years.

Why should I pursue a Part-time Masters in Singapore with Aventis-London Metropolitan University?

Pursuing a part-time Masters with Aventis-London Metropolitan University will provide a rewarding academic experience. Recognised in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023, LMU is ranked ninth in the UK for their teaching quality. LMU Masters  can hone your expertise and knowledge in the business field and prepare you to become a global leader.

Is there a maximum age limit to apply for a Masters degree?

There is no maximum age limit for studying a Masters program. Most Masters programs do not have an upper age limit, and individuals of all ages, including older adults, are eligible to enroll in Masters programs.

Masters programs are designed for professionals with varying levels of work experience, and many Masters students are mid-career professionals or experienced executives seeking to advance their careers or transition into leadership roles. As such, older adults who are interested in pursuing a Masters for personal or career reasons can certainly consider doing so.

Should only individuals interested in leadership roles take up a Masters course?

A Masters is a versatile degree which has diverse specializations and multiple applications in different professional domains. Candidates with a good educational background, excellent communication skills, and creativity can be transformed into valuable resources for different domains and sectors. People from different educational backgrounds can join a Masters program to specialize fields like Finance, Human Resources, Education, Fashion, Information Technology etc. in roles as Analysts, Strategists, Consultants, Developers, Advisors, Start Up Business Founders.

Which is the best Masters program in Singapore?

There is no "best" Masters program as it depends on individual preferences, career goals, and programme delivery preferences.

Each Masters programme comes with its own strengths and benefits.

There are numerous reputable Masters programs offered by renowned Singapore Universities including National University of Singapore and Singapore Management University.

What are the factors to consider when applying for a Masters?

Some factors to consider when determining the best Masters program for you may include:

Reputation: Consider the reputation of the University offering the Masters program. Look for Masters program that are accredited and recognized for their successful track record, academic excellence, faculty expertise, and industry connections.

Curriculum and Assessment: Review the curriculum offered in the Masters program to ensure they align with your career goals and interests. Some programs offer 100% Coursework assessments whilst other program requires examination. So choose a program that offers the right mix of courses and assessment for your needs.

Faculty and Resources: Consider the credentials and experience of the faculty members in the Masters program, as well as the resources available, such as networking opportunities, career services, and access to industry leaders and alumni networks.

Networking & Industry Exposure:  Masters programs that offer exposure to international business, networking opportunities, and access to diverse industries and markets are preferred for most busy working professionals

Cost and Financial Grant: Masters programs is a major financial investment, so consider the cost of tuition, fees and available financial aid options, including scholarships, grants, and loans.

Alumni Success: Look for Masters with a strong track record in Singapore and into the success of the school's alumni and their career trajectories after completing the Masters program. A strong alumni network can provide valuable connections and opportunities for networking and career advancement.

To conclude, It's important to thoroughly research and compare different Masters programs based on your unique needs and goals. Consider visiting campuses, attending information sessions, talking to current students and alumni, and gathering as much information as possible to make an informed decision on which Masters program may be the best fit for you.

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