University of Limerick, School of Education: Diploma in Drug and Alcohol Studies

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Diploma in Drug & Alcohol Studies, Level 7 NFQ (60 ECTS) September - May

This one year part-time programme is offered in two locations: the University of Limerick and Cherry Orchard Hospital (Ballyfermot, Dublin 10).


The course aims for personal and professional growth and development of individuals working in community, voluntary, statutory and non-statutory organisations who are actively engaged in responding to drug and alcohol issues, across the spectrum from prevention and education to treatment and rehabilitation.

The course aims to build upon existing knowledge and skills among participants, with a focus on developing theoretical and evidence based knowledge together with a range of practical skills to enable them to respond effectively and appropriately to drugs and alcohol issues in their work setting. Please refer to the module descriptors document attached for more information.

The programme has a commitment to principles and values underpinning lifelong and adult learning.


Typical applicants include those who have completed a Certificate in Addiction Studies or another relevant area and who wish to progress their professional education in the area of drug and alcohol studies. The course is intended for individuals actively engaged in management of drug and alcohol misuse and dependency or those working with groups at risk for drug and alcohol misuse. Typical applicants also include health professionals, social care professionals, teachers, guidance counsellors, youth and child care workers, prison officers, Gardaí, probation officers and community workers among others.


  • Certificate in Addiction Studies, or a related area, or equivalent academic qualification
  • At least two years’ experience of working in the area of drug and alcohol or a related field
  • Successful completion of interview


Application for both Limerick and Dublin is via online application.

Please read the application guidelines carefully before starting your online application form. You must have all your documents ready to upload when asked to do so, as you will not be able to go back and upload at a later stage. Failure to do so will lead to delays with your application.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview.

Course Delivery

  • University of Limerick Campus, Tuesday 6.30-9.30pm and every second Saturday (per semester)
  • Cherry Orchard Hospital, Wednesday (9.30-4.30)
  • Orientation Day (for both centres) at the University of Limerick Saturday September 8th

Course Fees AY €1643

Closing Date 20th May 2019

To apply or If you require further information about the programme -

Course Director/Limerick Co-ordinator
Dr. Sancha Power
(087) 9914042

Dublin Co-ordinators
Esther Wolfe (087) 9092730
Aoibhinn King (087) 9074515

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