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Psychoanalysis MA

Course Description

Choose Kingston's Psychoanalysis MA

The course is based on a structured study of the fundamental texts of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis. It provides the perfect foundation for doctoral research in clinical psychoanalysis or psychoanalysis applied to other fields such as literature and philosophy, film and media.

The Psychoanalysis MA is the only MA in the UK taught with the support of psychoanalysts in connection with the Department of Psychoanalysis at Paris-8 University. This Department was founded by Jacques Lacan himself.

What will you study?

Freud and Lacan's teachings highlight the inseparable relationship between culture and clinical practice. The MA offers the opportunity to study the fundamental texts of Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis, current research in the Freudian field and the application of analytical concepts in practice. The programme begins with a foundation module on Freud's metapsychology. Other topics studied include Freud's theory of culture and the social bond, Jacques Lacan's return to Freud, and Jacques-Alain Miller's recent clinical elaborations such as ordinary psychosis. You will study four taught modules and prepare a dissertation on a topic of your choice.

London is a historical centre for psychoanalysis and annual trips to the Freud Museum and other areas of historical and current significance will be undertaken.


Essays and dissertation.

Course structure

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Core modules

Psychoanalysis Dissertation
Psychoanalytic Case Studies
Psychoanalytic Theory

Optional modules

Critical and Cultural Theory: Identity and Representation
Gender and Sexuality
Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
Plasticity and Form
Psychoanalysis and Media
Special Study: Creative Digital Environments
Special Study: Gender, Identity and Lifestyle Magazines
Special Study: Media Rights and Mashups

Recognition for this course

The MA is based on the one founded by Jacques Lacan in the Department of Psychoanalysis, University of Paris-8 with their approval and support. This is part of the research strategy of establishing closer links with Paris-8 following the connection also established by the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) and the Department of Philosophy, Paris-8. The MA will be recognised and approved by the Fondation du Champ Freudien (Foundation of the Freudian Field).

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Psychoanalysis MA page on the Kingston University website for more details!

Student Profiles

Alumni discount - 20+ Awards

All undergraduate alumni qualify for 10% off postgraduate taught course fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)



All Kingston Undergraduate alumni will receive 10% off postgraduate course fees.

Application Procedure

Automatically assessed on application, please ensure you state that your undergraduate degree was awarded by Kingston University.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

Normally a good (2:1 or upper-second class honours, or better) undergraduate degree or its equivalent in a relevant or related subject (including, but not limited to, philosophy, psychology, literature, politics, film, media and cultural studies, fine art and visual culture, modern languages). Applicants with other kinds of qualifications will be considered on an individual basis

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