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Part time


1 year

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Qualification type

MSt - Master of Studies

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis

Course type


Course Summary

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Psychodynamic Practice is orientated towards increasing the understanding and application of counselling/psychotherapy research in practice. It is the final part of the Oxford University’s Master’s Programme in Psychodynamic Studies, progressing directly from the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice.

The MSt course consolidates the clinical and academic work of the programme, and provides a training in advanced clinical work and research methodology, with the undertaking of supervised research. The course is designed to bring course members to an advanced level of professional competence.

Course outcome

By the end of the course students should have:

  • Evolved a personal clinical style, at a high standard of clinical work and professional competence with the ability to recognise and reflect on ethical and professional standards in their clinical work.
  • Understood how to integrate theoretical, evidence based, philosophical and technical aspects of psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy with their psychodynamic clinical work at an advanced level.
  • Developed a detailed knowledge and understanding of research methodology and understood how to apply counselling/psychotherapy research in practice.
  • Written a clear and literate original research project dissertation which complies with established conventions of presentation and referencing


Clinical placements, which must be approved by the Programme Director, are a central aspect of trainees? learning; a minimum of 100 hours of client work with supervision at a ratio of 1:6 must be completed during the course. The placement setting itself may form part or whole of the subject of the research project dissertation, or course members may elect to structure their research independent of their placements.

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Entry requirements

Applicants are normally expected to be predicted or have achieved a first-class or strong upper second-class undergraduate degree with honours (or equivalent international qualifications), as a minimum, in any relevant subject. A good master's level qualification is usually required.