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CPD Addictions Policy and Interventions

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

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Course length
15 weeks PartTime
City campus

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Course aim

In this module we'll discuss how drug policy is made, how evidence is used in the development of policy, as well as exploring the evidence for effective interventions (demand reduction, treatment, and some harm reduction approaches). We begin by looking at general policy development models to provide a solid foundation, and then go into detail into particular approaches. By the end of the Module you will know more about 'what works' and why 'what works' is often not implemented.

There will also be the opportunity to debate key elements of drug policy (including drug laws and recent debates such as the Psychoactive Substances Act 2016, medicinal cannabis, and supervised drug consumption rooms) and key features of a public health response to drugs.

Course content

Course under review

This module will introduce you to addictions policy and strategies. While you will focus primarily on the UK, you will also evaluate European and international policies where relevant.

During your studies, you will:

  • look at how addictions policy is developed, including the role of evidence and politics
  • assess addictions interventions and research plus the outcomes evidence related to this work
  • explore types of prevention, including the evidence base related to this activity
  • explore individual, community and societal-based interventions and harm reduction strategies
  • investigate natural recovery, recovery capital, self-directed behaviour change and social reintegration

Teaching and learning

The course is delivered over one semester (approximately 12 weeks) for one half day per week. The module runs from January 2021. Sessions will include lectures, seminars and workshops.

The classroom based activity is supported with additional online Canvas (VLE) based activity and learning, running for 12 weeks.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

  • Undergraduate degree

    • You will normally be expected to have a first degree in order to enrol on this programme

  • Relevant work experience

    • Evidence of equivalent learning gained through work may also be considered if you do not have a first degree

Further information

  • Extra Requirements
    • The Programme Leader must also be confident that you have the potential to study successfully at Level 7 and that you will benefit from completing the programme. Consideration will be given for prior education and experience

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you are required to complete an LJMU online application form. You will need to provide details of previous qualifications and a personal statement outlining why you wish to study this programme.

Please apply using the online application form selecting Postgraduate Taught from the Level of Entry drop down.


The assessment is based around one written assignment of 4,000 words.

CPD award

This Continuing Professional Development can be studied within the MSc Public Health (Addictions) award framework or as a single CPD.

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.

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