NUI DIPLOMA IN ARTS: ADDICTION STUDIES
Level 8 (60 ECTS)
The NUI Diploma in Arts: Addiction Studies Level 8 course will provide students with an
opportunity to advance their knowledge and expertise in prevention and intervention
methodologies so that 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
• Locate substance misuse and other addictive behaviours within their social, political
and cultural contexts;
• Develop practical evidence based intervention skills
• Develop group-work and facilitation skills;
• Apply their learning to work, vocational or community settings;
• Advance their knowledge in current discourses around Prevention; Treatment;
Rehabilitation and Recovery.
• Develop skills in substance misuse and related behaviours education and
WHO IS THIS QUALIFICATION FOR?
This course is aimed at people already working or seeking to work in the area of drug and
alcohol services or related areas:
Community and Youth workers, Gardaí, Teachers,
Social and Health Care workers including doctors and nurses, care centre managers,
Counsellors and psychotherapists. Policy makers.
Project or outreach workers in various services that deal with people experiencing
problems with Drugs and Alcohol or homelessness.
The Diploma consists of 6 mandatory modules which are continuously reviewed and
updated to reflect current best practice.
1. PREVENTION EDUCATION: THEORY & PRACTICE
2. SOCIAL ANALYSIS FOR ADDICTION STUDIES: Social Capital/Recovery Capital
3. GROUP WORK & FACILITATION SKILLS/REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
4. INTERVENTION & PRACTICE SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
5. DRUG & ALCOHOL POLICY
6. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AND ADULTLEARNING
DATES AND FEES
Courses commence: Sept. 2018 in Maynooth University. Application Closing Date Extended to Friday 20
The course fee is €2750.
An Easy Payment Plan is available upon registration.
Students will attend classes every Friday and 1 Saturday per month.
The nature of experiential learning and group processes that form part of Adult Education
practice means that students must fully commit to 100% attendance on the course.1
CPD & PROGRESSION
The NUI Maynooth Addiction Studies programme is offered in two parts, with a
combined total of 60 ECTS credits. 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 20ECTS.
The Certificate and Diploma in Addiction Studies are standalone qualifications,
however 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.
We also deliver a suite of CPD courses such as Training and Continuing Education
(Train the Trainer); Equality and Diversity Studies; and Communication and Group Skills for
Managers. These courses all provide a comprehensive educational/training package in core
skills such as managing organisational change, conflict, equality, and cultural diversity for
Team Leaders, Managers and Learning and Development Specialists in numerous settings.
To find out more about this and our other courses, please visit our website:
If you require any further information please contact Kay on 01 708 6062 or e-mail Kay.Loughlin@mu.ie
1 Mitigating circumstances for exceptional instances of absences will be taken into account but must be
accompanied by evidence of extenuating circumstances.