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About the course

This course is offered on both a full- and part-time basis. Your research may be clinically and/or theoretically focused in the fields of psychoanalysis, analytical psychology and psychodynamic counselling.

We welcome applications for PhD research from all suitably qualified students from many backgrounds.

This might mean that your previous educational and research background may be in fields such as the arts, film and theatre, literature, history or clinical psychotherapeutic or medical practice.

Current and past research topics involve:

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Entry Requirements

You should normally have (or expect to be awarded) a taught Masters in a relevant subject area.

You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.

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Where will I study?

Where is Goldsmiths, University of London


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Student Profile(s)


Goldsmiths gave me a foundation and appreciation of culture on practice due to the multicultural nature of the university and course. This has supported me to move from working in the UK to working in Australia. The MA structure and the variety of staff and knowledge ensured a strong foundation in networking across the profession and understanding the value of research, continual development and growth; it's incredible how one course and class can reach across the globe in such a wonderful way. Due to this variety of knowledge underpinning the programme I have been able to work within forensic settings, statutory and voluntary sectors and across two continents in roles I am truly passionate about being part of.

Since qualifying I have been lucky enough to work within pilot programs in the UK being part of a team that set up a consultation service to Social Care to support the understanding and development of interventions with families subject to child protection.

Building on this I was able to speak at a conference on trauma and attachment on the subject of supporting foster carers and pre and post adoptive parents to support children who have experienced disrupted attachments and trauma. This has stood me in good stead for my career.

I am now working as an Expressive Therapist in a young families' homelessness refuge setting up an new Expressive Therapies service within the refuge to support the young parents and children. Families are under the age of 25 years old with children in their care and who find themselves homeless for a number reasons – from domestic and family violence, transitioning from foster care, under child protection plans for concerns for their care of their children or working on restoration of their children back into their care. The service works with parents to support building a healthy attachment relationship with their children and address mental health needs, trauma presentations and parenting support.


I have always been a dreamer, with a strong connection to the lives around me, particularly to those most in need: people, animals, and even plant life. This deep connection, having led me to engage with the arts from a very young age, has taken me through winding and unexpected paths. I have studied degrees, quenching my immediate thirst, while learning that I need more, and sometimes in quite different directions.

My love for the earth and for plant life, and for utilizing plants for the greater good, led me to study Agricultural Engineering at the University of Tehran for my first degree. However, I could not sympathize with the strict engineering atmosphere in the college, though I studied the degree to the end. I felt that this “greater good” was calling me through a different vocation. I decided to pursue a path in art. After studying for the national examinations for entry into graduate study, I received the first rank in the country for Advanced Studies of Art at University of Tehran. This second course allowed me to familiarize myself with the vast domain and potentials of art. I wrote my dissertation on the psychology of intuition in art, as a “knowing” that can be deemed the exclusive property of art. This “knowing” could be utilized through art to reap many benefits for those who were in need of it.

After graduating and having in mind what I had learned in my thesis, I worked with diverse clients, from children with severe autism, to people with physical disabilities and also normal children, using the arts to educate, entertain, and heal. Nevertheless, I saw that in order to correctly unleash the powers of art with people, I need to have a proper knowledge base in psychology. Thus, I pursued my second BA degree in Psychology, online, with a university based in the United States. This first experience of studying at an overseas university transformed my life in so many ways, leading me to appreciate and cherish the value of a first-class education. During this time, I started my own art class for young children, while I also received commissions for paintings and worked at such odd jobs as sketching faces in a café as a resident artist.

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