Teaching in each module addresses the ethical, legal, cultural and international context of addictions. The problem of substance misuse, whether relating to alcohol, illicit or prescribed drugs, has an international context and is influenced by international and national law, culture and ethical standards of policy and response.
Through connections and collaborations with the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences in the School of Medicine, the programme offers a research-led curriculum. It takes you through taught research-led teaching to independent research-based learning, with a programme team experienced in teaching students to understand the scientific literature.
The programme also encourages you to develop a range of transferable skills, including team working and analytical, problem solving and communication skills.
The programme offers the opportunity to apply theory and research in competence-assessed practice. It includes distance learning and face-to-face taught modules, giving students who are employed and may have family commitments some flexibility.
These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
- Prevention Issues in Addiction Studies 30 credits
- Assessment of Substance Misuse 30 credits
- Principles of Substance Misuse Interventions 30 credits
- Continuing Professional Development for Substance Misuse Professionals 30 credits
- Alcohol, Drugs and Harm Reduction 30 credits
- Motivational Interviewing (incorporating Motivational Enhancement Therapy) 30 credits
- Research Methods Module 30 credits
- Social Behaviour and Network Therapy (SBNT) 30 credits
- Cognitive Behavioural Coping Skills 30 credits
- Library Based Project by Distance Learning 30 credits
- Psychopharmacology and Physiology of Addiction 30 credits
- Dual Diagnosis: The Management of Substance Misuse and Mental Illness 30 credits
For more information on typical modules, read Addiction Studies BSc in the course catalogue
Broadening your academic horizons
At Leeds we want you to benefit from the depth and breadth of the University's expertise, to prepare you for success in an ever-changing and challenging world. On this course you broaden your learning through core and/or optional modules. Find out more on the Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
You’ll experience a range of teaching, including classroom teaching by lectures, demonstrations, seminars, group discussions on research papers and practice protocols and guidance presented by students, and reflections on video recorded practice conducted in the work place. Video recorded practice forms the basis of practice teaching in small peer review groups.
You’ll be taught by academic staff who are also practitioners and/or researchers and have access to practice opportunities in the field. Regular weekly phone tutorials will be available to you, and you can also contact your tutors by email. The practice mentor in your workplace offers encouragement and guidance, and ensure opportunities for practice are protected
Student support services are also available throughout the course via the University’s Student Services Centre.
Library-based research projects are supervised by the module leader and supported by the team of supervisors through each stage of planning and completion.
Study materials and facilities
We provide a study manual for each module, together with a list of recommended readings. You’ll also be recommended to access some set texts for each module. These items together comprise the core materials for the course, but you may also be expected to access additional reading materials in preparation for assessments.
The programme has a dedicated specialist library with a good collection of books, several of the top-rated addiction journals, internet access and quiet study areas. You’ll also have full access to the University of Leeds libraries, which provide the resources and quiet environment for private study, and an extensive collection of online journals. The Virtual Learning Environment gives you access to electronic copies of teaching material.
You’ll be assessed through a variety of methods, depending on the learning outcomes of modules. Assessments will include written examinations (unseen papers), essays and case studies and video recordings of live practice and analyses of these.