menu icon
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest news

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychoanalysis Psychopathology

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

The MA Psychoanalytic Studies is jointly run by the Departments of Psychosocial Studies and History, Classics and Archaeology, which allows you to study the origins of psychoanalysis, its history over its first 120 years of life, its main ideas and their applications, both within and outside the therapeutic context, and in particular how it has been taken up and contested in different social and cultural situations.

Taught by a wide range of leading academics and psychoanalytic practitioners, the programme explores how psychoanalytic thought has been used to illuminate pressing social and political concerns, and examines the controversies that have always surrounded it. It focuses on the interface between psychoanalysis as an evolving clinical practice, as a form of knowledge, and as a mode of critique. The programme examines key psychoanalytic concepts in detail and places those concepts in context. It will enable you to closely study the numerous modern developments within psychoanalysis, from Freud through to contemporary psychoanalytic theory and practice. You will also explore the methodological, epistemological and ethical issues that have resulted from diverse elaboration and extension of psychoanalytic ideas, not only in a clinical setting, but also in social and cultural inquiries, and in the interpretation of the historical past.

The programme asks how far modern thought on war and other forms of violent conflict, fascism, terrorism, racism and xenophobia has had an influence on the way we think about the unconscious mind, and vice versa. It also investigates how psychoanalytic accounts of inter-personal and intra-psychic relationships have shaped - or been shaped by - wider cultural attitudes to love, intimacy and destructiveness, and about the place of these accounts in discussions of gender and sexuality, racism and postcolonialism.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

Graduates can pursue a career in psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, counselling, or research. Possible professions can include psychoanalyst, psychotherapist, or counsellor. This degree can also be useful in the fields of education, journalism, and politics, as well as in becoming a clinical psychologist.

Different course options

Full time | Birkbeck, Central London WC1 | 1 year | OCT-20

Study mode

Full time

Duration

1 year

Start date

OCT-20

Modules

This core module looks at applications and implications of psychoanalysis in the study of culture, politics and history. The aim is to consider the issues that have surrounded the uses of psychoanalysis in understandings of history and culture, and to examine existing debates about psychoanalysis as a form of historical and cultural understanding. The underlying assumption of the series is that psychoanalytic ideas have had their primary grounding in the evidence of the clinical consulting room, and have mainly evolved in response to clinical experience. These seminars will explore how concepts which have rich meaning in this primary context, can throw light on the social and cultural sphere, and in turn how such applications can have an impact on the development of psychoanalytic theory. The methodological issues involved in making these broader applications and grounding these in evidence, will be explored as we proceed.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£8,640

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£15,720

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

A second-class honours degree (or equivalent) in any discipline relevant to the programme, including most humanities and social science disciplines, such as psychology, history, English, languages, sociology, politics, philosophy and cultural studies. In exceptional circumstances, the admissions tutor will consider applicants who do not meet this criterion but who have substantial relevant professional experience (for example, in teaching, journalism, social work, counselling and psychotherapy, mediation, development work) and who can demonstrate through interview and a written assignment that they have the required academic abilities to complete a Master's-level course.

University information

With a history that dates back 200 years, Birkbeck, University of London is unique in that it delivers its near-300 postgraduate courses in the evenings, enabling students to work or focus on other commitments during the day. Courses can be studied full-time or part-time and some can be studied through distance learning. Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research universities and provides its 700 postgraduate research student with a...more