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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This is the UK's first Psychoanalytic Studies course. It has long-established roots in the British School of Psychoanalysis and the Tavistock model of infant and young child observation. This course will offer you direct experiential learning through observation alongside psychoanalytic theory and the application of psychoanalytic ideas to culture and society. When you study this course on a full-time basis, you will complete the taught units in year one and will attend on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Year two will be spent writing your dissertation, with supervision.

We offer this course at a Post Graduate Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma or Master's level. We also offer this course as a part-time option.

Course outline

Alongside the in-depth study of the origin and development of psychoanalytic concepts you will learn through observation and explore the application of psychoanalysis to aspects of culture and society. You will be encouraged to use your own emotional responses to help you make sense of the ideas that you will be studying. After completing the first year of the course, you can leave the programme at the end of year two with a Postgraduate Diploma.

The course consists of three strands:

psychoanalytic theory
psychoanalytic theory as a mode of enquiry into culture and society.

Who is this course for?

If you are interested in learning about psychoanalytic ideas and their application to the arts, politics and literature, or just learn more about them. . You may do this course out of interest or already be a practicing clinician who wants to inform your professional practice or considering clinical training in the future.

We have welcomed students from a variety of backgrounds including law, medicine, the arts and journalism. Many have taken this course to gain a substantial and wide-ranging introduction to psychoanalysis and its applications.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date



The aim of the Dissertation (between 12000 and 14000 words) is to develop an application of psychoanalytic ideas and approaches to a subject of interest, which will enable it to be understood in a new way. You may draw on any of the materials from each strand studied during the first two years of the course. Your particular dissertation topic may come from outside the Psychoanalytic Studies programme, but be linked to its approaches.

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 degree, or other qualification of equivalent level. We also welcome your application if you don’t have a standard educational background, or if you are currently engaged in, or wish to pursue, academic study rather than related professional work.