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Psychosocial Studies MSc

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Psychosocial Studies MSc

October 2019
1 year full-time
2 years part-time
£9,100 (UK/EU) *
£13,900 (INT) *
Course leader
Julia Borossa

This masters programme will develop your capacity to utilise psychoanalytical thinking to gain critical knowledge, understanding and insight into psychosocial phenomena. You will have the resources to influence your field of practice in becoming more responsive to psychosocial realities.

Why study MSc Psychosocial Studies at Middlesex University?

Middlesex University has a long history in psychoanalytic studies, being among the first universities to offer postgraduate teaching in this area, and this is the only Postgraduate course in Psychosocial Studies with a focus on psychoanalysis in the UK.

The psychoanalytic focus of the course will allow you to explore the unconscious, focus on the psychosocial, and gain expertise in the associated methods, intellectual perspectives and reflective attitudes. You will develop a psychoanalytically informed understanding of the dynamic relation between individual experience and social reality, at a postgraduate level. You will also have the opportunity to develop links with professional organisations such as in counselling or journalism.

This course is designed for those with various interests and professional backgrounds in counselling, NGO/Humanitarian work, teaching, journalism or social work.

Course highlights

  • You will be empowered and nurtured in understanding and responding to societal challenges around trauma, depression, migration, violence, conflict, community and social change
  • You will be taught by a range of leading specialists in their respective fields
  • Middlesex University has a long-standing reputation as a university committed to engaged scholarship, social justice and social transformation
  • You will have many opportunities for interactive, participatory and co-created learning

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What will you study on the MSc Psychosocial Studies?

You will cover psychoanalytic theory, themes, approaches, debates, and discussions in psychosocial studies, including subjectivity and identity, social transformation, trauma, conflict, and mental health, immigration, community and belonging, contemporary cultural theory, psychoanalytic interpretations of the political sphere. You will also focus on research methods, theoretical approaches, scholarly practice, modes of understanding, interpreting, and being attentive to human individual and collective experience and expression.

What skills will you gain?

You will have an advanced and mature understanding of current concepts, theories and controversies within the field of psychosocial studies, as well as a familiarity with applications of psychoanalytic theory in a comprehensive range of settings, and advanced research skills covering research design, analysis and dissemination. You will also gain evaluative skills, such as critically evaluating interventions in the clinical and social field and high level communication skills, enabling you to communicate effectively with colleagues and clients from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

  • Modules

    • Key Concepts in Psychoanalysis (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will introduce and allow for investigation of the key psychoanalytic concepts that will be useful to you in questioning and analysing social phenomena and social structures.

    • Psychosocial Approaches to the Subject (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module serves as your introduction to the field of psychosocial studies through established and emergent literature, with a critical focus on sexuality, gender, exclusion and social violence as well as on creative interventions and social movements.

    • Psychosocial Methodologies (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module introduces interdisciplinary methodologies and modes of understanding, analysing, interpreting, creating and critiquing human experience and its meanings.

    • Genealogies of Trauma and its Treatments (30 credits) - Compulsory

      This module will explore the main theorisations of trauma, its possible aetiologies and its treatments. You will be encouraged to bring the material covered in direct relation to situations encountered in your daily and/or working lives.

    • Dissertation (60 credits) - Compulsory

      This module is your opportunity to pursue an in-depth, advanced study in an area of psychosocial studies which is of particular importance and interest to you.

You can find more information about this course in the programme specification. Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

How is the MSc Psychosocial Studies taught?

You will be taught through interactive seminars, workshops, guest lectures and field trips.


You will mainly be assessed via course work which will include essays, research projects, reflective writing and your final dissertation project.

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How can the MSc Psychosocial Studies support your career?

Upon graduation, you could enter areas such as mental health, social research, international development, conflict resolution, human rights, media and journalism as well as education. You could choose to specialise in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, psychotherapy and counselling training.

You would also be able to continue your academic studies and pursue a PhD in psychosocial studies or other related fields such as sociology or cultural studies.

Dr Julia Borossa

Dr Borossa holds a PhD from Cambridge University. Her current research includes the history, politics and cultures of the psychoanalytic movement; transcultural understandings of the psyche; social violence, trauma and resilience; living and working in groups.

Dr David Henderson

Dr Henderson holds a doctorate in history from Goldsmiths, University of London. He is registered with the UKCP Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis. His research interests include the Freud/Jung relationship; psychoanalysis and religion; apophatic discourse; theories of individuation; and the work of Jung, Bion and Deleuze

Dr Johan Siebers
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion (School of Law)

Dr Siebers holds a doctorate in philosophy from Leiden University. His research interests include critical theory, history of German post-Kantian philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of language and communication.

Lucia Corti
Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis

Lucia is a psychoanalyst in private practice. She is a member of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, The College of Psychoanalysts-UK and the Guild of Psychotherapists. She studied clinical psychology in Argentina and obtained a postgraduate degree in psychoanalysis at Brunel University. Her research interests concern the question of mourning, memory and transmission; the intersection between psychoanalysis and politics and the theory, practice and transmission of Lacanian psychoanalysis

Dr Werner Prall

Dr Prall is a psychoanalyst in private practice and a member of the teaching staff at Metanoia Institute, London. He is a member of The Guild of Psychotherapists, The College of Psychoanalysts and Metanoia Institute. Coming from an academic background in German Literature his research interests and publications concern the connection between literature and psychoanalysis, problems of interpretation, and the ethics of psychoanalysis.

Dr Anne Worthington

Anne Worthington is a Senior Lecturer in Psychoanalysis, and a psychoanalyst in private practice in South London.  She is the chair of the Centre for Freudian Analysis and Research, a member of The College of Psychoanalysts – UK and the Guild of Psychotherapists.  Her research interests and publications concern female homosexuality; the engagement between queer theory and psychoanalysis; psychoanalytic practice and the state, transmission and developments in Lacanian psychoanalysis. She is the editor of Queer Sexualities: Staking out New Territories in Queer Studies (2012).

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