This course is for anyone with a clinical or academic interest in psychoanalysis. It covers the history and development of major psychoanalytic traditions and is highly relevant to contemporary social, political and cultural debates.
Middlesex University was one of the first universities in the UK to teach psychoanalysis at graduate level, and our world-renowned Centre for Psychoanalysis is testament to a long-standing reputation in this field of research.
The Centre facilitates individual and collaborative research into psychoanalysis. It provides a focus for the scholarly activity of its members; hosts international conferences, seminars and workshops; provides a productive work environment for many visiting scholars in the field; and develops research projects with colleagues from the European Union, the Middle East, Russia and Latin America.
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.
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 contemporary 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.
Assessment 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.
You will by taught by practitioners and academics with a strong national and international reputation. You will attend interactive lectures, talks by guest speakers, workshops, tutorials and seminars, where you will give presentations and take part in discussions. You will supplement all this with your own independent reading and research, including the use of podcasts and other online resources, and will produce a dissertation or work-based project, as well as a portfolio showing your progress throughout the course. The course includes workshops on essay writing and research methods.
As well as a 15,000-word dissertation or a 12,000-word project, you will submit six assessed essays - four of 2,500 words and two of 5,000 words. You will submit a further 1,000-word essay which will not count towards your final mark. Other forms of assessment will include your learning portfolio, presentations, reviews and seminar contributions. Some work will be done in groups.
You will receive regular feedback on your work, including your assessed work, and your tutors will do their utmost to help you manage your workload and achieve the best grades possible. You will get feedback on drafts of your assessed work before you hand in your final submissions. For some assignments, students will give feedback on each other’s work, and you will be asked to self-assess – evaluate your own work.
UK/EU and international students are eligible to apply for this course.
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.
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.
You will not need a visa to study in the UK if you are a citizen of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland. If you are a national of any other country you may need a visa to study in the UK. Please see our Visas and immigration page for further information.
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.
If you don't meet our minimum English language requirements, we offer an intensive Pre-sessional English course.
Entry onto this course does not require an interview, portfolio or audition.
Applications for postgraduate study should be made directly to the university. Please visit our Postgraduate application page for further information and to apply.
This Psychoanalysis programme is for those who would like to develop their skills, to acquire a body of knowledge, and to be exposed to the frontiers of the subject. 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.
Graduates from this programme will have the opportunity to develop the skills of data research, critical analysis, oral, written and visual communication, reasoned debate, understanding theoretical concepts, and policy analysis. These are highly transferrable and are valued by employers across all sectors.
Our graduates have found that the knowledge and skills gained from the MA programme have informed their current practice – whether as clinicians, counsellors, social workers, teachers, artists or writers. Others have taken up doctoral research and others have gone on to train as psychoanalytic psychotherapists.
Should you wish to go on to train as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, there are two professional bodies that provide further information about training and requirements. These are the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, and the British Psychoanalytic Council.
"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."
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This course is offered full time or part time. The fees below refer to the 2016/17 academic year unless otherwise stated.
|Full time course fees||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Part time course fees*||UK/EU Students||International Students|
|Masters (120 taught credits |
+ 60 credits for dissertation)
|£55 (per taught credit) |
£27 (per dissertation credit)
|£84 (per taught credit) |
£42 (per dissertation credit)
|PG Dip (120 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
|PG Cert (60 taught credits)||£55 (per taught credit)||£84 (per taught credit)|
*Course fees are subject to annual inflation so the total costs for part time study are shown here as a guide
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