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Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies

Overview

Deepen your understanding of a range of priority issues in the alcohol and drugs field while you develop the skills required to respond to drug and alcohol harm.

This one year part-time program will prepare you to respond to drug and alcohol harm in a number of professional environments, and understand a range of priority issues in the alcohol and drugs field.

Use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs is associated with a significant burden of illness and injury in populations around the globe. In addition, individuals, families and communities experience social harms arising from specific patterns of intoxication, modes of drug use and illicit drug markets.

Despite this huge impact, little formal training is available for those responding to substance use and misuse. Developed by the Queensland Alcohol and Drug Research and Education Centre in collaboration with Queensland Health, this program equips both experienced practitioners and those new to the field with the knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

Through your studies, you'll develop a comprehensive understanding of the factors that influence patterns of substance use and knowledge of policies, services, treatment and prevention of alcohol and drug related harm. You'll gain the latest, most relevant information and skills needed for lifelong learning, develop your critical analysis and interpretation skills, and gain the ability to apply relevant research findings. 

Location
Herston
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020), Summer Semester (30 Nov, 2020)
Program Code
5508
AQF
Level 8
Location
Herston
Fees
A$16712 (indicative per year)
Duration
1 Year part-time (only available as part-time study)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (24 Feb, 2020), Semester 2 (3 Aug, 2020), Summer Semester (30 Nov, 2020)
Program Code
5508
CRICOS Code
AQF
Level 8

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Enjoy the flexible learning approach of this online program, with every course available externally as self-paced study modules that fit into your existing schedule.
  • Study at the school ranked number one in Asia-Pacific for public health.
  • Benefit from a program developed in collaboration with Queensland Health and gain the knowledge and skills to make a real difference.

1 in Australia for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

23 in the world for public health

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Online study

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Interpersonal Skills in Counselling 1
  • Substance Use Among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples
  • Alcohol in Contemporary Society
  • Health Promotion Planning

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Drug and alcohol counsellor
  • Alcohol and substance use nurse practitioner
  • Mental health clinician
  • Case manager
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Entry requirements

Prerequisites

An approved degree; or

A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting, as approved by the Executive Dean.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

Prerequisites

An approved degree; or

A post-secondary qualification and a minimum of 2 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience in a healthcare or public health setting, as approved by the Executive Dean.

A degree in one of the following disciplines would normally meet the 'approved degree' requirement:

  • Behavioural and social sciences (Sociology, Psychology, Counselling)
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biostatistics
  • Dentistry, Oral Health
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Health
  • Exercise and Sport Science
  • Food Science
  • Health Economics
  • Health Management
  • Medicine, Medical sciences
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Public Health or Health Sciences
  • Science
  • Speech Therapy
  • Veterinary Sciences.

The minimum GPA to be considered for admission into this program is 4.0.

English language requirements

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

Learn more about English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Additional application information

International students who wish to undertake this program will not qualify for a Student Visa. To study this program in Australia, international students must hold alternative Australian Visa/Residency status. See Department of Immigration and Border Protection for further details.

Student visas

This program does not meet the eligibility requirements for an Australian Student visa (subclass 500).

To study this program in Australia, you will need a temporary visa or residency status with study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia.

Contact us for more information

Fees and Scholarships

Government assistance

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Learn more about financial aid

Indicative annual fee

AUD $16,712

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard part-time study load (8 units per academic year).

The fee for a study load less than 8 units per academic year is proportionately lower. All fees are reviewed annually.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $10,940

Indicative annual fee 2020

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies for one semester in 2020. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (8 units per semester).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value, and the actual duration of your program. The University indexes tuition fees each year.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

All international applications should be submitted to UQ. The program code for the Graduate Certificate in Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Studies is 5508

International students who want to study this program will not be eligible for a Student Visa (subclass 500). 

To study this program in Australia, you will need an Australian visa or residency status with sufficient study entitlement. Some programs can also be studied from outside Australia. 

Contact us with any questions 

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Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.
  • To commence study in summer - October 31 of the year of enrolment.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in summer - October 31 of the year of enrolment.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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