The International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS)

The International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS) is a unique collaboration of three of the world's leading research universities in the field of Addiction Science: King's College London, the University of Adelaide, and Virginia Commonwealth University. This partnership offers three nested graduate program options available to students from around the globe via distance learning technologies.  Students are introduced to the latest information on topics ranging from the biological basis of addiction to addiction treatment, prevention and policy through lectures produced exclusively for IPAS by an international Who's Who of experts in the field.

Programme Mission Statement

The mission of the International Programme in Addiction Studies (IPAS) is to offer students cross-cultural exposure through distance learning technologies to the critical prevention, treatment, policy and research issues facing the field. These programs will speed the dissemination of the latest international addictions-related knowledge, especially to remote locations around the world.  Students will become familiar with international perspectives and research as well as the importance of translating this knowledge into more effective prevention and treatment practices and evidence-based policies within their own countries.

Expression of Interest

Interested in the programme and have questions? Please reach out to Dr. Mary Loos, VCU IPAS Programme Director and International Programme Leader at

Applications for our next intake (August 2024)

Applications for our next intake, which will begin in August 2024, are now being accepted!  For more information, go to APPLY NOW!