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Foundations of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (D58) MA/Masters

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis

Course type


Course Summary

Course overview

This course is validated by University of Essex and is accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council. It will introduce you to a psychoanalytic way of thinking about your clinical work and form a solid foundation from which to pursue further training in psychotherapy. This course is also available as an evening course: (BD58).

Why study with us?

All staff teaching on this course are experienced practising psychoanalytic psychotherapists or psychoanalysts. This course 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 use this at work and apply it in a range of settings beyond psychotherapy. The course provides the first part of a unique British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Is this course for you?

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, nurse or be in another mental health role in the NHS or voluntary sector. Even if you do not have a clinical background in mental health you may still be considered if you have completed some psychoanalytically informed introductory training and a psychiatric placement prior to applying.

Different course options

Part time | Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust | 3 years | SEP

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


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) • Have established personal psychotherapy at least once a week with a BPC registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst (NOT psychodynamic psychotherapist) prior to starting the course or ideally by the time you apply.