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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychoanalysis

Course type

Taught

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.

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:

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

Why study this course with us?

This well-established course has been running for over 20 years and will equip you with an in-depth understanding of psychoanalytic theory and its potential applications to other fields. It will enable you to make links between theory and your own experience of watching unconscious processes unfold by undertaking an observation of a baby or young child. Crucially, it will offer you the opportunity to think about how an understanding of emotional states can contribute to our understanding of culture and society.

You will also benefit from being taught by senior clinicians as well as academics who have developed particular interest in the applications of psychoanalysis to culture and society over a minimum of three seminars a week during term time (six seminars a week for full-time students). You will have the use of an extensive library which is used by all students and staff and you can also join clinical seminars or workshops in a programme called Psychoanalysis in Practice.

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

Full time | Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust | 2 years | SEP

Study mode

Full time

Duration

2 years

Start date

SEP

Modules

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)

£8,700

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£17,400

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you: • have a degree, or other qualification of equivalent level.