Graduate Certificate of Addictive Behaviours

Monash University

Course details

Level of study: Postgraduate


This course is primarily designed for professionals working in health and social welfare sectors who seek to broaden their knowledge and skills related to the theory and practice of responding to addictive behaviours. It will develop expert knowledge and skills by focussing on the application of a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to addiction, and a range of assessment and treatment strategies for diagnosing and planning interventions for people experiencing addiction. With the knowledge gained, you can start making a positive impact on both the health and social wellbeing of individuals, groups, and communities.

It is suitable for those working in alcohol and other drugs (AOD) or similar social and community sectors, registered health practitioners and allied health professionals, policymakers, lawyers and criminologists, among other professionals (e.g., educators). It is also suitable for those who are interested in upskilling professionally or looking to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in addictive behaviours through the courses included in the Postgraduate Program of Addictive Behaviours.

Delivered part-time (via online learning), the Graduate Certificate of Addictive Behaviours offers the flexibility required by working professionals. You will have the opportunity to study via facilitated modules, stream video lectures, and take part in-group discussion forums and activities, incorporating innovative educational technologies and new methodologies to enrich your learning experience.

Career opportunities

Whether you are looking to move into the addiction field, improve your knowledge and skills about addiction theories and practice, or progress to a more senior role, this course will help you to develop specialist knowledge, professional and academic skills to help advance your career.

Graduates of the course are able to demonstrate a range of qualitative, quantitative, analytical and communication skills necessary to work in different settings, such as policy and program development and evaluation, treatment and prevention services, health and community service management, research, education and training; and other services that advocate for people with addiction issues.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
42,300 Per Year 27 Feb 2023
24 Jul 2023
1 year
Read more1 year part-time

Self study / online (without attendance)
Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800

Entry criteria

An Australian undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification in a cognate discipline* (pass average).

*Cognate disciplines include medicine, psychology, nursing, health science, occupational therapy, social work, social and community welfare, science, policy, law, criminology, research, teaching, arts (multidisciplinary), and other health and social sciences.

IELTS (Academic): 6.5 Overall score, with minimum band scores: Listening 6.0, Reading 6.0, Writing 6.0 and Speaking 6.0

Pearson Test of English (Academic): 58 Overall score, No PTE communicative skills score below 50

TOEFL Internet-based test: 79 Overall score, with minimum scores: Reading 13, Listening 12, Speaking 18 and Writing 21

Paper-based TOEFL 550 Test of written English: 4.5

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) 176 No skill score below 169
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) 176 No skill score below 169


Monash University
Clayton Campus
Wellington Road
Melbourne Victoria 3800
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