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Foundations of psychodynamic psychotherapy (BD58 Evening)

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

Validated by University of Essex, this course forms part one of the training that enables you to be registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. You will be introduced to a psychoanalytic way of thinking about your clinical work which will form a solid foundation from which to pursue further training in psychotherapy.

This course is delivered via weekly online video lectures and face-to-face work discussion groups held in the evening at the Tavistock Centre. It is also available in a daytime version.

Course outline

Centred on clinical work you will undertake a supervised clinical placement, where you will see a patient for psychotherapy once a week for a period of a whole calendar year. You will also learn through supervision groups, clinical seminars and online lectures on fundamental psychoanalytic concepts and texts.

This is a three year Masters level course. Students may exit after two years with a Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip).

Why study this course with us?

This course will introduce to clinical work in psychodynamic psychotherapy and will help you gain a deeper understanding of your clinical work and dynamics in clinical settings by approaching these from a psychoanalytic point of view. You will be able to apply the knowledge in a range of settings other than actual psychotherapy.

The course provides the first part of a unique, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited training in psychodynamic psychotherapy. All staff teaching on the course are experienced practising psychoanalytic psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. The course has received a very high student satisfaction rating on teaching and student support.

Who is this course for?

This course is for mental health professionals who work across a number of sectors, including the NHS. You might be a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or nurse, or be in another mental health role in the NHS or voluntary sector. Even if you don’t have a clinical background, you can still be considered if you have sufficient experience of working in relevant settings, and if you have completed some psychoanalytically informed introductory training and a psychiatric placement prior to applying.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time evening


3 years

Start date



In the third year, a dissertation workshop is held to help you develop a dissertation proposal which is then submitted for approval. You will be required to work independently with a supervisor to write a dissertation over the spring term, usually based on your clinical work in the preceding years. This must then be submitted at the beginning of the summer term.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you: have a good honours degree ; have a professional qualification in Mental Health OR significant direct experience, paid or voluntary, of working within mental health (at least one year). Are established in therapy with a BPC registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst (NOT a psychodynamic psychotherapist) prior to starting the course, or ideally by the time you apply.