Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychodynamics of Human Development

This programme provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory. For the MSc, you will also be taught research methods and will complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation. This course is designed to provide: Professional and personal development for those working in settings such as community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health and education; a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training; fulfilment of the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.

Entry requirements

Normally a first degree; non-graduates with academic and professional experience may be considered. Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

MSc

This programme covers the follow aspects:
Psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory of the nature and development of mental life and key concepts used in clinical work.
Infant and child development through observation and weekly discussion seminars.
The application of psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory to the work setting.
Research methodology and critical analysis.

PgDip

This programme considers the following aspects:

Psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory of the nature and development of mental life and key concepts used in clinical work.
Infant and child development through observation and weekly discussion seminars.

The application of psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory to the work setting.

Research methodology and critical analysis.

Assessment methods

MSc

Year 1: 2 essays (2500-3000 words) and a 2-week 'take-away' examination paper.

Year 2: 1 infant observation essay (5000-8000 words) and a dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).

PgDip

Year 1: 2 essays (2500-3000 words) and a 2-week 'take-away' examination paper.

Year 2: 1 infant observation essay (5000-8000 words).

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time evening October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time October 2017 - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Bloomsbury Campus Bloomsbury WC1E 7HX South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Department of Psychosocial Studies
Telephone number: 
020 3073 8045