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Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy MA

Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy MA

Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Psychotherapy Psychoanalysis

Course type


Course Summary

This unique four-year programme is a clinical training in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy combined with an academic training to MA level. It also provides a route to the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychotherapy; This training provides a comprehensive understanding of psychoanalytic theory and techniques as it relates to the adult couple relationship and builds on and deepens the student's existing clinical experience. Clinical work with couples is provided through the Tavistock Relationships' clinical service, some of which is in co-therapy with experienced psychoanalytic couple therapists; This is the only couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy training that leads to professional membership of the psychoanalytic section of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Train with experienced practitioners in the helping professions such as child, group and adult psychotherapy, counselling, psychology, psychiatry or social work; Couples provided by Tavistock Relationships and seen on our premises in our own consulting rooms; Co-therapy undertaken with senior staff; Individual supervision, tutorials and clinical administration included in the fee; A chance to be part of an Institution with over 65 years training and research experience; Benefit from Tavistock Relationships' long history of researching and writing about couple relationships.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


4 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

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience and several years post-qualifying experience in the helping professions. For those undertaking the full training there is a requirement for personal analysis /psychoanalytic psychotherapy three times a week with a BPC registered psychotherapist to have commenced one year before application and to continue throughout the training. This requirement is modified for entrants with Advanced Standing who have already met the minimum three times a week personal analysis/psychoanalytic psychotherapy requirement.