University of Essex

University of Essex

Psychoanalytic Studies

This course gives students a different way of exploring how the unconscious affects both individuals and societies and cultures. Our course is relevant to those working in the mental health field or those with an interest in psychoanalysis. It gives students a thorough grounding in psychoanalytic theory through which to explore its application both to the clinical setting and to culture and society, starting with the cultural milieu from which psychoanalysis emerged, the course begins with Freud and follow on through the development of object relations, focusing on the 'British School', including theorists such as Klein, Winnicott, Bion and others. By encouraging students' critical attitude, we foster an engagement with psychoanalysis (both historically and comparatively) always keeping in mind its methodological link to the clinical experiences from which psychoanalysis itself was developed, applications of psychoanalysis are considered in the clinic, the group, and wider settings.

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: Freud in contexts; psychoanalysis of groups and organisations; psychoanalytic methodology; research skills and methods in depth psychology; thinking psychoanalytically; dissertation; psychoanalytic theory.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams.

Sponsorship information

AHRB; ESRC; some University of Essex studentships available; this course has ESRC Doctoral Training Centre accreditation, meaning it can form part of a 1+3 funding opportunity worth up to £18,000 for talented postgraduates. The University is one of only 21 ESRC-accredited Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 3,475 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MA Part-time October 2016 GBP 7,475 per Year 1 (International) 2 years
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (England) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 14,950 per Year 1 (International) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Scotland) 12 months
MA Full-time October 2016 GBP 6,950 per Year 1 (Wales) 12 months

Campus details

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

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Key information

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