Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2014 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2014 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleMAddBeh
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOff-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Workforce Development, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre, telephone: +61 3 8413 8700 or email:

Course coordinator

Associate Professor David Best


  • This course is not available to international students who are holders of an Australian student visa, for study onshore in Australia. However holders of some other categories of Australian visas living in Australia, and students studying off-campus by distance learning (where this option is available) and living outside of Australia, may be eligible for this course.
  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • This course must be completed in a minimum of 1.5 years and a maximum of 5 years. The course duration is inclusive of any periods of intermission.
  • Units will be delivered via an off-campus (distance education) learning basis. Contact with teaching staff will be available through Monash University's existing online systems, email and telephone.


The Master of Addictive Behaviours is to be offered through the Eastern Health, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre. The course aims to produce graduates who have both theoretical and practical knowledge around current perspectives and advances in the substance misuse and gambling fields, and its relationship to other fields including nursing, social work, medicine and psychology. As work in the addiction field is multidisciplinary, the course will be relevant to a range of professionals including those working directly in the field of addiction or those who wish to specialise in addiction-related issues in their area of expertise. This could include health and allied health clinicians, researchers, academics, teachers, policy-makers or professionals in human resources, justice, the education system or sports administration. The course provides a comprehensive overview of the disciplines that inform addiction science and will provide critical awareness around policy, practice and research. It will allow students to enhance their career prospects towards a number of roles, such as a specialist clinician, treatment service manager, public health planner or policy advisor.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes (

On completion of this course, graduates will be able to:

  • Critically analyse biopsychosocial models of addiction and current discourses around addictive behaviours.
  • Understand the historical, political, economic and social factors that influence addictive behaviours in Australia and Internationally.
  • Understand the impact of addictive behaviours on individuals, families, communities and social systems.
  • Consider addictive behaviours in relation to special population groups (dual diagnosis, indigenous, youth, older adult, GLBTI, transcultural).
  • Understand the process by which addiction health policies are formed and reformed.
  • Understand the basic concepts and research methods used in Public Health and epidemiology.
  • Design, undertake and write up a research project (minor thesis) in the area of addiction studies (Research Stream)
  • Understand and demonstrate skills in the use of evidence based models of intervention for addictive behaviours (Clinical Stream).

Recognition of prior learning

Individuals who have relevant post-graduate experience (in alcohol and drug/addiction studies and in related fields) will be considered for credit for prior learning on a case by case basis.


The Masters of Addictive Behaviours is offered via two designated pathways to develop specialist skills related to the student's field of interest/practice. Students choose to undertake the course by coursework,or coursework and minor thesis based on an agreed research project with appropriately qualified supervisors.

This course consists of four core units (48 points) and 24 points in either a research or clinical stream.

Areas of study


Students must complete four core units (48 points):

  • ASC5001 Addiction Science: A biopsychosocial overview
  • ASC5002 Sociocultural perspectives of addiction
  • ASC5003 Addiction policies, prevention and public health
  • ASC5004 Addiction assessment and treatment: Practice and innovation


In addition, students select one of the two streams below (24 points).

Research Stream

Students must complete:

  • ASC5005 Addiction research methodology
  • ASC5006 Addiction research project

The proposed research project will need to be discussed with and approved by a supervisor from within the Eastern Health, Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre before students can enrol in these thesis units.

Clinical Stream

Students must complete 24 points from the following:

  • ASC5007 Recovery from addiction
  • ASC5008 Co-occurring disorders
  • ASC5009 Developmental factors - children and families, youth and early interventions
  • ASC5010 Gambling and other process addictions


Master of Addictive Behaviours