Bristol, University of the West of England

Bristol, University of the West of England

Professional Development (Psycho-Social Studies)

This course develops dialogues between the psychological insights of psychoanalysis, continental philosophy and neuroscience and the social analysis of politics, sociology and other social sciences; it is suitable for recent graduates and for more experienced practitioners, particularly those involved in social care, counselling, psychotherapy, community development or conflict work; whilst different schools of psychoanalysis are the central focus of the course, other non-rationalist views on the human subject are also explored; the course includes intersubjective perspectives on human development, from individual, group and social view points; There is also a strong emphasis on embodied knowledge and reflexivity, and this is supported by a focus on body and brain involving an exploration of the most recent findings from developmental neuroscience.

Entry requirements

Honours degree (minimum 2.1) in relevant subject, other qualifications (eg 2.2) or those with relevant experience may also be considered.

Course modules

Core modules: Affect, emotion and society; researching beneath the surface; dissertation (Master�s only). Plus option modules: Psychoanalysis, theorists and concepts; racism and other hatreds; politics, identities and emotions; addressing community tensions, conflicts and their contexts; conflict, communication and transformation; theory and practice of group consultation and collaboration; researching the unconscious, psychodynamic research for clinical practice; working with the unconscious, new developments in psychodynamic theory and practice (subject to approval).

Assessment methods

Varies, commonly an extended essay with a viva, a project and a portfolio of work.

Sponsorship information

Career development loan; private sponsor, i.e. employer.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 245 per Credit module (home fees) 24 months
PgCert Part-time £ 245 per Credit module (home fees) 24 months
Part-time £ 245 per Credit module (home fees) 24 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Frenchay Campus Bristol BS16 1QY South West

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