Maynooth University’s NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies

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Maynooth University is currently accepting applications for the NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies. You’ll need to hurry as applications close on Tuesday 6 June 2017.

The NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies is a Level 8 (60 ECTS) course. It provides students with an opportunity to advance their knowledge and expertise in prevention as well as intervention methodologies. As a result, they can respond effectively to the challenges presented by drug and alcohol misuse in Ireland.

This course will enable participants to:

  • Develop a theoretical understanding of substance misuse and related issues;
  • Critically appraise current evidence-based practice in relation to prevention and intervention;
  • Locate substance misuse and other addictive behaviours within their social as well as political and cultural contexts;
  • Develop practical evidence-based intervention skills;
  • Develop group-work and facilitation skills;
  • Apply their learning to work as well as vocational or community settings;
  • Advance their knowledge in current discourses around prevention and treatment, as well as rehabilitation and recovery;
  • Develop skills in substance misuse education and prevention.

Who is this qualification for?

  • The NUI Diploma in Addiction Studies is for people whose work or voluntary activities brings them in contact with addiction and recovery related issues.
  • It may also be of specific interest as Continuing Professional Development (CPD). In particular for people working in the wider drug, alcohol and homeless services, in addition to health care professionals or those working in the criminal justice system.


The Diploma consists of 6 mandatory modules which are continuously reviewed as well as updated to reflect current best practice.

  1. Prevention education: theory and practice
  2. Social analysis for addiction studies: social capital/recovery capital
  3. Group work and facilitation skills/reflective practice
  4. Intervention and practice skills development
  5. Drug and alcohol policy
  6. Community engagement and adult learning

Dates and fees

The courses commence in September 2017 in Maynooth University. The application closing date is Tuesday 6 June 2017.

The course fee is €2750.  Group rates, as well as an Easy Payment Plan, are both available upon request.

Students will attend classes every Friday and also one Saturday per month.

CPD & Progression

The NUI Maynooth Addiction Studies programme has two parts, with a combined total of 60 ECTS credits.

Firstly, Part 1 carries 20 credits (100 hours) and leads to the award of NUI Certificate in Addiction Studies (Level 7).

Part 2 carries an additional 40 credits (200 hours) and will lead to the award of NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies (Level 8).

In exceptional circumstances, students may be accepted directly onto Part 2 if they fulfil the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) requirements to the equivalence of 20 ECTS.

The Certificate and Diploma in Addiction Studies are standalone qualifications. Therefore, the credits gained on this programme may be used for RPL for the part-time evening degree in Community Studies (Level 8) or for RPL in other participating institutions.

For more information, please see Maynooth University’s website or contact Kay on or 01 708 6062.

Anne Sexton

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