Post graduate certificate in alcohol and drug studies – University of the West of Scotland (Paisley campus)

Who is it for?

This qualification is aimed at workers involved in the drugs and alcohol field.

Interested workers from area teams/non-specialised settings should note the need to secure a placement in an addiction project which would require you to be absent from your place of work for the duration of the placement.


Course content overview


The programme will offer an understanding of the processes involved in individuals becoming substance users and problematic substance users.

Influences on behaviour change, including policy, legal, educational, psychosocial and pharmacological approaches will be examined. Current and emerging themes are paid attending and the evidence base scrutinised, including:

  • harm reduction
  • recovery
  • treatment within the criminal justice system
  • blood-borne viruses
  • mental health
  • child protection



Applicants should hold a good degree in a relevant discipline such as a social science, social policy, social work, health, medicine or law.

Applications without a good, relevant first degree but with an appropriate professional qualification, pus three years full time experience of working with alcohol and/or drug-related issues may be invited to sit an entrance exam. Applications may be made for entry based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) and credit transfer.


What you need to do before attending?

An application form and line manager’s reference is required and successful candidates will be required to complete a personal bond.


How long does this course last?

9 – 21 months (part time)


Who will provide this training?

University of the West of Scotland