Education for the higher educated

Dual Diagnosis, MSc

Middlesex University

  • Description
  • Overview

In the UK it is estimated that one third of psychiatric patients with serious mental illness have a substance misuse problem and half of clients engaged with the drug and alcohol sector have some form of mental health problem. 'Dual Diagnosis', the co-occurrence of psychiatric illness and substance disorders, is increasingly recognised as a substantial problem in health and social care across Europe. In 2004, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), stated that the phenomenon of dual diagnosis has reached a critical point in Europe, with adverse affects on both clients and staff. The PG Diploma-MSc in Dual Diagnosis is recognised at the first of its kind in the UK and Europe and is open to health and social care professionals working with this client group, either directly or indirectly, within the statutory and voluntary sectors.

Applicants must have successfully completed the PG Cert in Dual Diagnosis before they can apply to complete the MSc in Dual Diagnosis.

We welcome applications from graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.


English language requirements

You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL (paper based) 575 or TOEFL (internet based) 90 with specified minimum scores for each component.


The programme builds on the subjects covered in the PG Certificate offering students the opportunity of exploring treatment systems and approaches in more detail, including a research-project dissertation module (MSc only) on an aspect of dual diagnosis work relevant to the students work experience.


Students will generally commence their programme of study in the September (Semester 1), and attend one day a week (usually a Wednesday) in their first year. The second year (or dissertation year) only requires the student to attend for 3 dissertation workshops and one to one supervision sessions with their dissertation supervisor.


Assessment is as work related as possible and includes case studies, critical appraisal of service delivery and service-related research projects and essays.


Level University
Incompany No
Open enrolment Yes
Lead time 12 months
Costs (indication) No entry
Titles No title
Required language skills English
Country United Kingdom
Completion Diploma