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Psychoanalysis MSc by Research

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October 2019
1 year full-time
Usually 2 years part-time
£4,260 (UK/EU)
£10,500 (INT)
Course leader
Julia Borossa
Anne Worthington

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.

Why study MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) at Middlesex University?

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
  • Trauma
  • Religion & psychoanalysis
  • Mourning, memory and transmission
  • Literature and psychoanalysis
  • Ethics of psychoanalysis
  • Psychosis, neurosis and perversion
  • Queer theory and psychoanalysis
  • Feminism and psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic technique and clinical concepts.

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The objective of the course 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.

How will the MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) be taught?

This degree is an entirely research-based master's programme. The majority of your time will be spent working on your research project in the library, laboratories or elsewhere, under the direction of your supervisors.

Alongside your independent study, you will also have tutorial lectures in the key areas of machine learning and visual analytics. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor to review progress and plan future activities. You may also spend brief periods at partner sites, for example where your project involves collaboration with industry.


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.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the MSc by Research (Psychoanalysis) support your career?

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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