Graduate Research & Teaching

Post-Graduate Research and Teaching

Current doctoral students:

  • Arun Sondhi: Reconviction of Prisoners Presenting for Prison-Based Alcohol Treatment in England.
  • Jordan Soondar: Peer mentors and volunteers within specialist alcohol treatment services: role development, well being and career progression. From Jan 2018. (Supported by a studentship co-funded by Alcohol Research UK and Middlesex University).

Awarded doctoral degrees:

  • Dr. Linda Somerville: Public Health and alcohol licensing in London: Political reforms, partnership working and localism. (Supported by a studentship co-funded by Alcohol Research UK and Middlesex University).
  • Dr. Stuart Linke: “Down Your Drink”. A Digital Intervention to Reduce Harmful Drinking.
  • Dr. Nimesh Samarasingh: Drug policy-making in Sri Lanka: people, politics and power.
  • Dr. Clement Ogeleyinbo: Drink driving in Lagos – from the perspective of law enforcement officers.
  • Dr. Fizz Annand : Developing and delivering local level partnership schemes with the alcohol trade: A governmental analysis.
  • Dr. John Kainesie: A qualitative study of the views of clients with a co-morbidity of severe mental illness and substance misuse disorder on methadone treatment for drug misuse.
  • Dr. Sara Nasserzadeh: Technologically assisted health promotion: Sexual health and ‘hard to reach groups’ among young people.
  • Dr. Elaine Arnull: Drug Policy Partnership Approaches.

MSc Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) programme

This programme offers enormous benefits to students with aspirations of becoming leaders in the field of Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis). The course is specifically aimed at practitioners who are either in roles of leadership or are currently considering career options to move to such positions. This part-time programme is taught through distance learning methods (with some optional face-to-face modules).

The programme aims to:

  • enable students to develop and demonstrate Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) related skills and knowledge in order to contribute to enhanced professional practice and service development in this field.
  • stimulate and foster leadership skills in the area of mental health and substance use (Dual Diagnosis) service and practice development.
  • facilitate the acquisition, critical understanding and utilisation of research skills and knowledge in order to conduct Mental Health and Substance Use (Dual Diagnosis) research. Facilitate students own professional and career development in the mental health and substance use (Dual Diagnosis) service and practice development field.

View programme details on the Middlesex University website

Contact: Dr Rachel Herring (Programme Leader) R.Herring@mdx.ac.uk

MA Comparative Drug and Alcohol Studies (Distance Learning)

This MA is designed to stimulate reflection and debate on topics in substance use and misuse from a multi-disciplinary, European and cross-national perspective. It is run jointly by four universities:  Middlesex University, Aarhus University (Denmark), University of Torino (Italy) and Universitas Miguel Hernandez de Elche-Alicante (Spain). Students have access to a group of European teachers and students and opportunities to study in partner universities or undertake placements in Europe.

The programme aims to:

  • provide a high quality programme relevant to the needs of policy makers and practitioners, and of students and researchers working in, associated with, or preparing to enter, the field of alcohol and drug use/ problem use/ addiction.
  • educate researchers and practitioners to work on a cross national basis in the above stated field.
  • demonstrate that a multi-disciplinary approach is necessary to enable students to engage critically with a wide range of theories and approaches to understanding substance use, problem use and addiction.
  • foster a critical appreciation of research, policy and intervention and to engage students in critical, on-going debate regarding their understanding of substance use and responses to use and problem use globally.

View programme details on the Middlesex University website

Contact: Professor Karen Duke (Programme Leader) k.duke@mdx.ac.uk

MOOC: Falling Down: Problematic Substance Use in Later Life (FutureLearn)

This online course considers issues faced by older people in relation to problematic substance use from the perspectives of health, social care, informal carer and public health. The course is free and runs intermittently.

Contact: Professor Carmel Clancy c.clancy@mdx.ac.uk