Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London

Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy

There are many different types of counselling, each based on their own concepts and orientations. Psychodynamic counselling has been taught at Birkbeck now for over 40 years. Those who laid the foundations for this course had a strong commitment to promoting the value of psychodynamic counselling, which offers a model for understanding the human personality and how it develops; our network of relationships and how we interact with others; how psychological problems may originate and the repetitive patterns that maintain them; and how personal change takes place.

Entry requirements

Second Class Honours degree in any subject or an equivalent professional qualification; non-graduates with academic and professional experience will be considered. Work that includes a counselling/psychotherapy component. Prior completion of a counselling/psychotherapy course at Certificate of Higher Education level or equivalent. 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 7.0, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

Course modules

Year 1 gives an introduction to psychodynamic theory and practice, teaching observation and basic counselling/psychotherapy skills and processes, and professional/ethical issues.

Years 2 and 3 look in more depth at psychodynamic theory, in particular the contributions of Freud, Klein and Winnicott. Also studied are forms of emotional disturbance, diagnosis and formulation, organisational dynamics, techniques, skills and principles of psychodynamic practice.

Assessment methods

Year 1: 2 theoretical essays (total 5500 words), take-away examination (3000 words), student review (assessment of professional development).

Year 2: 2 theoretical essays (total 5500 words), case study (5000 words), student review.

Year 3: 2 theoretical/clinical essays (total 10,000 words), case study (5000 words), student review.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (EU) 3 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 7,050 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time day October 2016 GBP 4,975 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MSc Part-time October 2017 - 3 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