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Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) MSc

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MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis)

October 2017
January 2018
Attendance can be on campus or by distance learning. For on campus, teaching takes place on one full day per week, from September until May
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Course leader
Chidi Onwuasoanya

As the only programme of its kind in the UK and Europe, this programme offers enormous benefits to students with aspirations of becoming leaders in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis). The course is specifically aimed at practitioners who are either in roles of leadership or are currently considering career options to move to such positions.

Why study MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) at Middlesex University?

This programme aims to develop your mastery in Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) related skills and knowledge, for successful contribution to enhanced professional practice and service development within this field. You will gain the knowledge and expertise to critically understand and utilise advanced research skills and your leadership skills in service and practice development will also be stimulated and fostered.

This course will benefit individuals working in:

  • mental health
  • the drug and alcohol sector
  • primary care
  • community care
  • prisons
  • the voluntary sector
  • government agencies
  • education
  • youth work
  • social work
  • allied health

As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

What will you study on the MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis)?


You must achieve a maximum of 180 credits to complete this course. Students who register for this course must have successfully completed the Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Dual Diagnosis or have been successful at an Accredited Prior Learning claim, and thus will carry forward 60 credits at Level 7.

Year 1 - Autumn term and winter/spring term

  • Leading and Developing for Public and Community services (15 credits at level 7)
  • Service Development and Quality Improvement (15 credits at level 7)
  • Social Research Methods (30 credits at level 7) is running in the autumn term only
  • Or a choice of Advanced Practitioner Enquiry (30 credits at level 7) which is running three times a year campus or by distance learning.

Year 2 - Autumn term and winter/spring term

In this year you will choose the following options:

  • Dissertation (60 credits at level 7)
  • Negotiated Work based learning project (60 credits)

Please contact the programme leader for details on specific modules.

How is the MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) assessed?

Each module involves a variety of assessments including coursework, reports, case studies, viva voce assessment, critical appraisal of leadership and service-related research projects.

Students enrolled on distance learning modules will access the course learning materials and discussions via the University's student portal and virtual learning environment, Unihub which is available 24/7. Tutorial support will be provided via email, telephone and video conferencing to all distance learning students during term time.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU

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