How has the notion of 'Freudian unconscious' shaped Western culture and been transmitted around the world? How does the unconscious affect us individually and socially? How can an individual and their culture be viewed from a psychoanalytic perspective? Our MA Psychoanalytic Studies will give you a unique and fascinating way of exploring how the unconscious affects both individuals and societies and cultures.
Our course provides you with a thorough grounding in psychoanalytic theory through which to explore its application both to the clinical setting and to culture and society. Starting with the cultural milieu from which psychoanalysis emerged, you begin with Freud and follow on through the development of object relations, focusing on the ‘British School’, including theorists such as Klein, Winnicott, Bion and others.
By encouraging your critical attitude, we foster an engagement with psychoanalysis - both historically and comparatively - always keeping in mind its methodological link to the clinical experiences from which psychoanalysis itself was developed. Applications of psychoanalysis are considered in the clinic, the group, and wider settings. You will also write a dissertation.
Our course will interest you if you work in the mental health field or have an interest in psychoanalysis. You will graduate from our internationally recognised Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies having been taught by world-leading scholars and highly experienced practitioners.
Our course is offered one year full-time, two years part-time or modular (up to five years). Attendance of our short pre-sessional course on Freud is compulsory (except under special circumstances). This is a specially designed intensive course in the most important of Freud’s writings, which will give you an introductory historical and theoretical overview of the development of his thinking. Our Freud pre-sessional option allows you to start our MA course in a working cohort of students, with a firm foundation in Freudian concepts.
Our expert staff
Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.
The Centre consistently achieves top ten rankings in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Being located within the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.
If you are studying within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.
We hold free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.
You will develop key employability skills including thinking analytically, evaluation, essay-writing, research methods in psychoanalysis and an understanding of psychoanalytic thinking, applicable to clinical and academic work. Our course could lead you to study for a PhD in psychoanalytic studies or to work in a clinical or non-clinical setting.
Our graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
Many of our students are already professionals, clinical and non-clinical, so return to their existing fields, either in jobs or further training, and use study with us to deepen their understanding of their work.
-MA Dissertation -Psycho Analytic Theory -Research Skills and Methods in Depth Psychology -Psychoanalysis of Groups and Organisations -Psychoanalytic Methodology -Freud in Contexts -Thinking Psychoanalytically
“Having completed my undergraduate psychology degree in Nairobi and having worked with internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kenya, I was very keen to further my study in a subject area related to the care of refugees. The Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex offered the exact course I was looking for in such a specialist subject area.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my course so far, and it has been great to work with and learn from the lecturers at the University who are experts in the area. All of my lectures and seminars are insightful, transferring the expertise and knowledge of the individuals teaching us to help us learn.
The campus has such a festive atmosphere; there are people of all ages from all over the world all united in the desire to learn. The campus is set in beautiful parkland, and I really enjoy sitting by the lake in the sunshine, it is a great place to relax after the hustle and bustle of classes.
The staff within the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies are very accommodating, and they have been extremely helpful ever since my first point of contact with the University. The best part so far has to be my current work placement at the Refugee Council, and in the future I hope to obtain a job in a similar role.”
"I came to the UK to study MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at the University of Essex because the course is unique, one of the only ones of its kind in the world. I also knew that the academic staff in the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies were very highly regarded in their fields, which was very important to me. I have been a Jungian scholar for some time, so wanted to undertake this course to ensure that I am up-to-date with the latest in Jungian thinking.
I am enjoying the classes that I take as part of my postgraduate studies, which are run in a very stimulating and engaging manner. All of the other students on my course are excellent and my whole experience of living in the UK for the first time has been brilliant.
After I have completed my studies at Essex, I plan to return to Johannesburg where I run a Jungian school. I intend to bring the Jungian teaching from my time at the University of Essex to South Africa."
ESRC Doctoral Training Centre scholarships
For 2011-12, our ESRC Doctoral Training Centre will offer 16-fully funded ESRC studentships, most worth £18,000 per year, across over 20 doctoral pathways. The University of Essex has become one of only 21 Doctoral Training Centres accredited by the UK Economic and Social Research Council following a highly competitive selection process. Our Doctoral Training Centre will fund 16 doctoral students each year across many different social science disciplines. It also offers excellent training opportunities and a highly stimulating research environment to hundreds of postgraduate students, researchers, professionals, practitioners and users.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Up to £18,000
We encourage applications from top students seeking to research over a range of social science areas, including: criminology and socio-legal research; economic and social research; economics and econometrics; environmental governance; finance; health and organisational research; human rights; language and linguistics; management and accounting; politics and international relations; political economy; psychoanalytic studies; sociology and social change.
A 1st, 2:1 or good 2:2 degree. We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email [email protected] for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.
Recipient: University of Essex
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