University of Essex

University of Essex

Refugee Care

This programmes combines expertise from both our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and the Tavistock Centre to bring an innovative twin-site Master's (2 modules are taught at the Tavistock Centre in London and 2 modules at our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies in Colchester) in the study of refugee care. The central focus of this course is to introduce a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to working with this group of people and is the only postgraduate course to offer a combination of modules with this emphasis, making a clear distinction between offering psychotherapy and being therapeutic in working with refugees. There is a good mix of practical and experiential elements, such as placements and institutional observations, to support a sound theoretical framework to understand the complexities of the refugee experience, such as family and societal factors, interactions with various services, institutions and organisations, and the inter-personal dynamics involved between refugees and their workers.

Entry requirements

Our applicants should have a 1st, 2.1 or high 2.2 degree or an equivalent professional qualification, plus a sample of written work demonstrating academic ability. Applicants without such qualifications, who can otherwise demonstrate relevant experience and academic ability, will also be considered. If English is not your 1st language, then we require IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Therapeutic care for refugees; context of the refugee experience; placement; psychoanalysis of groups and organisations; psychosocial perspectives on human rights; dissertation.

Assessment methods

For most modules, assessment is by coursework only, typically an essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, depending on the length and credit-weighting of the module.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time £ 7,725 per Academic year (home fees) 12 months
MA Full-time £ 14,350 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
Telephone number: 
01206 872719