The MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) offers the opportunity to pursue independent research in an area of personal interest under supervision of one of the members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis.
The Centre for Psychoanalysis has led the way in teaching psychoanalysis since 1990 as one of the first universities in the UK to offer psychoanalysis at graduate level, initially via our MA degree and currently with research degrees (MPhil and PhD).
Members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis are able to supervise research in these areas:
The work of Freud, Jung, Lacan, Ferenczi, Klein, Winnicott, Fairbairn, Bion
Post-Colonialism and psychoanalysis, including Fanon
The objective of the MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) is to produce a dissertation of approximately 30,000 words under the supervision of one of the members of the Centre for Psychoanalysis.
Students will expand their critical and analytic skills in a productive atmosphere, working with the academics and clinicians of the Centre. You will have the opportunity to attend group seminars and individual tutorials on research methodology as appropriate to the pursuit of the area of interest. These approaches may include archival research, historical research, conceptual research and textual analysis.
Assessment will be based on a final dissertation of approximately 30,000 words. Two independent examiners will be appointed who will read and evaluate the dissertation, following which you will be invited to make an oral defence of your work.
What are the entry requirements for the MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis)?
A second class honours degree in any discipline, or a professional psychotherapy qualification
Entry is subject to the proposed project being acceptable
Each application will be considered on its individual merits.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
Academic credit for previous study or experience
If you have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards your Middlesex University programme of study. For further information please visit our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.
International entry requirements
We accept the equivalent of the above qualifications from a recognised overseas qualification. To find out more about the qualifications we accept from your country please visit the relevant Support in your country page.
If you are unsure about the suitability of your qualifications or would like help with your application, please contact your nearest Regional office for support.
Visas and immigration
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English language requirements for international students
You must have competence in English language to study with us. The most commonly accepted evidence of English language ability is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all components). We also normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. Visit our English language requirements page for a full list of accepted tests and qualifications.
The knowledge and skills gained from the programme will inform your current practice - whether as a clinician, counsellor, social worker, teacher, artist or writer. You will have developed self-direction and originality in dealing with complex issues as well as competence in academic writing.
Students of the Centre for Psychoanalysis have taken up clinical training in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, others have gone on to take up doctoral research.
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To apply for the MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) you will need to:
Contact J.Borossa@mdx.ac.uk or A.Worthington@mdx.ac.uk to discuss your application. It is important to find someone within the Centre who agrees to supervise your research before you submit your application. You should complete your application in consultation with your supervisor.
Gather the following compulsory supporting documents, in electronic format:
all your academic documentation (including transcripts and certificates);
a copy of your passport;
your sponsorship letter (if you are not paying your own fees);
your IELTS or other equivalent English Language certificates (if your first language is not English).
Email your research proposal, application form and all compulsory supporting documents to: email@example.com.Email your research proposal, application form and all compulsory supporting documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of your application, you will need to provide a research proposal, identifying the specific area of research within psychoanalysis that interests you.
Your proposal should be three to four pages of A4 and should include the following:
a working title;
a general outline of your intended research area including a brief mention of work already carried out in the field;
the central research question(s) of your proposal;
a discussion of your proposed research methodologies such as empirical investigation, practical work, interviews, analysis;
an indication of the principal issues, problems, controversies, ethical issues, models and theories raised in your thesis;
a list of sources (or kinds of sources) which you intend to consult;
a brief bibliography.
Research proposals usually identify a gap in the literature, which you intend to fill. In your proposal, you should demonstrate that you have found an issue that needs to be investigated and the reasons why you feel it is important.
You can start your MSc by Research in October. Applications should be received in May. If your application is suitable, you will be invited for interview (in person or by Skype) within two and a half months of your date of application.
Candidates already based in the UK who wish to enrol on this MSc by Research may also apply by the the last day of July using our online application.