Diploma in Addiction Studies

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps



Click here to view provisional 2020 timetable. 

Aims and Objectives

The Diploma in Addiction Studies addresses head-on the very serious challenge addiction throws at Irish society today. It responds to the changing landscape of addiction treatment by providing a sound theoretical knowledge as well as discussing practical and social issues. It provides indicators for further study and training in the field.  This programme provides students with an understanding of the major theories of addiction and the models of treatment of addiction. These range from the pharmacological maintenance approach to the therapeutic community/abstinence approach. It looks at the theories of the cause of addiction as well as at how theories inform treatment practice and social policies.


To meet the requirements of the Diploma in Addiction Studies, a student will be required to complete a written assignment (100%).

Please note this programme is not on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Programme Content

Core Modules

The Meaning and Nature of Addiction

Predominant Theories of Causation – Biological, Psychological, Sociological and Cultural

Theoretical Orientations in the Treatment of Addiction – Medical, Pharmacological, Spiritual, Psychological and Pychoanalytic

Models of Treatment

Dual Diagnosis, Psychiatry and Addiction

Familial Effects of Addiction – Family issues, Co-dependency and Therapeutic interventions

Societal Effects – Health, Gender Issues, Drug using subculture, Deviance and Criminality, Social Policy and National Drugs Strategy

Contemporary Concerns – the extent to which addiction influences behaviours such as Gambling, Sexual behaviour, Self harming, Eating disorders, Internet use and so forth.


The ten week course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of addiction studies. It is relevant for anyone involved in addiction service provision or for anyone interested in working in this area. It also informs anyone who encounters the challenges of dealing with addiction in their work or personal lives.

Career  Progression Opportunities

This programme provides stimulating questions for students which relate directly to their various educational and professional activities whether that be in the area of health and social care, business, arts, law or education.

Further Study Opportunities

On successful completion of this course students already holding a primary honours degree award in any humanities or social science discipline from a recognised third level institution may consider applying for the MA in Addiction Studies (Level 9) at DBS.


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325. This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

Visit Us

Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about your course of interest. The open day will give you the opportunity to receive one on one advice and direction from leading academics in your chosen subject area, meet current students and also have your questions answered on entry requirements, student support and the admissions process. Find out when our next Open Event is taking place. The Admissions Office is located in our Aungier Street campus and you are welcome to visit the college to speak with a member of our admissions team from Monday to Fridays, 8:45am – 5:15pm. Alternatively, you can contact us by email.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle) - is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS. 
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies.  
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills. 
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre. 
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.


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Course overview


Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 10 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2020. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm