Course starts: Induction week from October 2012; International student orientation from September 2012
Course length: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course leader: Julia Borossa
The Psychoanalysis Masters at Middlesex in London is a broad-based yet in-depth course, for anyone with a clinical or academic interest in psychoanalysis. It covers the history and development of major psychoanalytic traditions and is also highly relevant to contemporary social, political and cultural debates.
During the course you will examine the unconscious mind in everyday life and in relation to mental illness and human suffering. You will expand your critical and analytical skills in a productive atmosphere, enhanced by high-level group and individual tutorials.
Based at our Hendon campus you will benefit from our excellent student facilities, and be taught by academics and clinicians who are actively pursuing innovative research in the field.
The Centre for Psychoanalysis facilitates individual and collaborative research into psychoanalysis. It hosts international conferences, seminars and workshops as it actively develops research projects with scholars from the European Union, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America. The expertise focused at the centre inspires many scholars to continue studies pursuing doctoral research here.
The course promotes a wide-ranging consideration of the nature of psychoanalysis. In addition to studying the major figures of the psychoanalytic movement - Freud, Lacan and Klein - we will be considering the work of the second and third generations of psychoanalysts in terms of their clinical practice and contributions to the development of analytical theory. A key feature of the programme is a seminar on clinical methodologies, where practitioners from different schools of psychoanalysis present and discuss their clinical work and where we will have a chance to examine in depth the key cases histories of psychoanalysis ( such as Freud's 'Dora' and 'the Wolf Man'; Klein's 'Richard') as they continue to raise relevant questions for contemprary practice. We provide a theoretical background through presentations on the history of psychoanalysis and an examination of the key theoretical and clinical concepts in the analytical field, from a number of different perspectives. In a further module we look specifically at the role that psychoanalysis plays in the social and cultural sphere, how it contributes, for example, to an understanding of race, sexuality, globalisation, violence.
This programme is based at our flagship Hendon campus.
The course is taught on Tuesdays (afternoon and evening) and is offered on a full time basis over one year, or part time over two.
Assesssment is formative and summative and is by coursework. Students write essays, present their work in seminars, and participate in a student-led workshop.
The dissertation in particular allows for the development of research skills and the capacity to pursue self-directed work in areas of students' particular interests.
- Year 1
- Clinical Methodologies (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module aims to introduce students to a wide range of psychoanalytic clinical case material and thus enable students to acquire the skills necessary to examine such material critically and from differing perspectives. Specifically, the module will demonstrate how the clinical case in psychoanalysis represents a description of clinical work, involving both the analyst and patient/analysand, whereby the patient/analysand speaks about his or her suffering/symptom s and where this discourse is hooked into the materiality of the unconscious via the work of interpretation. In this work the patient/analysand speaks in a way that attributes sentiments, beliefs and expectations to the analyst as a reaction to what he/she says, thus bringing into play both fantasy and the field of transference. Clinical case presentations will allow for a focus on clinical structures and clinical phenomenology and attest to the clinical specificity and identity of each patient/analysand, while allowing for an assessment of the ways that this undergoes a radical questioning during the course of an analysis. Seminal clinical cases from within the psychoanalytic literature will be presented alternating with case presentations from practicing clinicians from a variety of psychoanalytic orientations. This will enable a critical cross-examination of styles of clinical work and raise important questions concerning the links between psychoanalytic theory and practice
- Dissertation in Psychoanalysis (60 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module gives students the opportunity to explore and present a sustained argument about a theme of particular interest to them. This theme should contain issues central to psychoanalysis, including an approach to the nature of the unconscious. The aim of the dissertation, the longest and most important piece of assessed work of the course is to demonstrate an ability to reflect critically on the material presented throughout the preceding academic programme. This module will be supported by a student directed workshop. It is hoped that this will be incorporate a discussion list, where assigned readings from all the modules will be debated between the students. Set topics will be circulated to stimulate thinking and in the second term students will meet with staff at regular intervals in a workshop where the ideas generated will be fed back and worked through. Research methodologies and ethical issues will emerge as key topics. Students will also be required to present their chosen topic to the group.
- Key Theoretical and Clinical Concepts in Psychoanalysis (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module identifies and investigates the key concepts in psychoanalysis, such as resistance, repression, transference, the symptom, interpretation and the object. The dual role, theoretical and clinical, that these concepts take on will be critically examined within terms internal to psychoanalysis itself, as well as in relation to adjacent fields, including philosophy, sociology, psychology and cultural studies. In addition, sustained attention will be paid to the development of these concepts over time, the variation in their use and understanding within different schools of psychoanalysis, and the major debates on psychoanalytic technique that these differences gave rise to. This in turn will allow for engaging with fundamental questions about the nature of the psychoanalytic process, its relevance to psychic change and the level of fit between theory and clinical technique
- Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module will investigate current debates surrounding the status of psychoanalysis, both internally and across a wide range of disciplines and fields of enquiry, including literature, feminism, religion, critical theory, postcolonial studies and psychology. There will be a critical focus on psychoanalysis in relation to wider socio-cultural questions and research problems such as the nature of creativity, subjectivity, exclusion and social violence, both in relation to and beyond the clinical situation. Throughout, the boundaries and remit of psychoanalytic knowledge will be put in question, as well as the role psychoanalysis can play in a changing world. Students will be encouraged to pursue their particular interests.
- The Psychoanalytic Movement (30 Credits) - Compulsory
- This module will examine the development of the psychoanalytic movement over time, critically exploring its founding tenets and its changing parameters. The first half of the module will be structured around a detailed discussion of the principal themes set down by Freud and debated by his early circle of followers, such as the distinction between the conscious and unconscious mind, the nature of sexuality and aggression. This will provide the groundwork for a sustained reflection on the conceptual and technical development of the discipline, mainly focusing on Britain and France. The module will provide an understanding of the complex historical, social and philosophical contexts which enabled the expansion of the particular response to human suffering represented by psychoanalysis
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The tuition fee for MSc Psychoanalysis is as follows:
Full-time students: £7,500
Part-time students: £63 per taught credit
You would not usually pay more to study part-time than the full-time fee rate. Find out more about how to calculate your part-time course fee.
Find out about our flexible payment plans for UK/EU students, and how they can help you spread the cost of your course.
Full-time students: £10,600
Part-time students: £93 per taught credit
A 2.2 undergraduate degree or relevant experience. Applicants with clinical qualifications may be offered direct entry into the second year p/t
For a comprehensive list of qualifications accepted by Middlesex, see further information under entry requirements
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students are IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components) or TOEFL internet based 87 (with at least 21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading).
Middlesex also offers an Intensive Academic English course (Pre-Sessional) that ranges from 5-17 weeks, depending on your level of English. Successful completion of this course would meet English language entry requirements. For more information on applying for the pre-sessional please email email@example.com.
For details of other equivalent English language requirements that Middlesex accepts see international entry requirements.
Please apply directly to Middlesex University Code L710
How to apply
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. You will need to fill in an application form and return it to the appropriate admissions office. UK and EU students should apply directly to the London office. Non-EU international students can apply to our international admissions office in London, or use our network of regional offices across the world to assist you with your application. Apply now
After successful completion of this course, you will have knowledge and understanding of the central themes and concepts of psychoanalysis. You will have studied the major figures of the psychoanalytic movement and developed self direction and originality in tackling complex issues.
Former students have found that the knowledge and skills gained from the MA programme have informed their current practice – whether as clinicians, counselors, social workers, teachers, artists or writers. Others have taken up doctoral research and others have gone on to train as psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Trainings in psychoanalytic psychotherapy are offered by a number of organizations, the majority of which are members of one of two professional bodies. Information about training and training requirements can be obtained from the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy http://www.psychotherapy.org.uk/ or the British Psychoanalytic Council ttp://www.psychoanalytic-council.org.uk/.
As a student at Middlesex University you can also access the Careers Service, which provides impartial and confidential guidance and information not only for students but also to alumni (up to two years after graduation).
"I decided to choose the MA Psychoanalysis at Middlesex because of recommendations from psychotherapists I had spoken to, who told me the course was particularly highly regarded by professionals. I enjoyed the active discussions which took place during seminars, but particularly liked the visiting practitioners’ presentations of case studies. This is one of the advantages of having the Centre for Psychoanalysis based within the department. One of the best aspects of the course was the passion and effort the tutors put into teaching. They were, without exception, interesting, intelligent, supportive and inspiring. I am in the process of applying to start training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and having my masters qualification has hugely improved my confidence in terms of my employability, and proves that I am capable of thinking and working at a high level."
"I had worked in Human Resources for a couple of years after graduating in psychology, but I became interested in therapy and in a deeper approach of the face-to-face relationship. Coming from Romania, I wanted to experience studying in London, and after some research I found Middlesex to be the perfect option. During my course I particularly enjoyed the focus on Freud’s works and also the origins of psychoanalysis. The perspectives of actual practice offered by invited clinicians also greatly added to my experience. I’d say there is a very professional and helpful support for the students with English as a second language at Middlesex. The university provides a good learning support, as well as other extra-curricular activities. I think that having a MA at a British university is recognised anywhere in the world as an advantage. Moreover, a degree in Psychoanalysis is a strong point for anyone who intends to follow a career not only as an analyst, but as a psychologist too."
"As I am training to be a psychotherapist, I felt studying the MA Psychoanalysis at Middlesex would really add to my knowledge base. One of things I appreciated was the different backgrounds and schools of thought – Freudian, Jungian etc – that different tutors had. The variety and difference gave the course more depth and insight. There were plenty of opportunities for debates and discussions relating to the extensive material we read but also linked to the visiting clinicians. I would absolutely recommend the course. For those who are considering psychoanalysis, the course offers an excellent overview. For those training or even practicing it offers the background and a fresh and challenging look at the field."