Taught course

Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society

Institution
Brunel University London · Life Sciences
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

A UK first or 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a social sciences, humanities or arts discipline. Applicants from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with other degrees in a related discipline with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis. Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.

Months of entry

September

Course content

About the course

  • How are our behaviours influenced by unconscious motives?
  • Which conflicts lie at the heart of contemporary individual and social problems?
  • What explains our cultural and ideological obsession with power and violence?

The Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA is designed to provide students with training in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It observes the relation between theory and practice and establishes a scientific grounding through its emphasis on the clinical writings of Freud, Klein and Lacan.

The course also offers the opportunity to develop a psychoanalytic approach to contemporary socio-cultural issues, in particular questions of political ideology, social conflict and violence. It engages with the relation between the psychoanalytic and social fields by exploring how to conceive of a psychoanalytic social theory. It questions how we can provide a specifically psychoanalytic account of social relations and focuses on issues raised by post-structuralist and feminist accounts of sexuality.

Aims

This degree is relevant to a wide range of graduates in the social sciences, humanities and fine art, as well as those with professional interests in psychotherapy and analysis who wish to develop and apply their skills to the issues and areas on which this degree focuses.

Previous and current students have included art and film students, teachers and art historians as well as psychologists and analysts - and recently included a performance artist. Many European and overseas students from Latin America and further afield have also undertaken this degree.

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Information for international students

International students are welcomed. English Language Requirements: IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas).

Fees and funding

UK students
£7,300 full-time; £3,650 part-time
International students
£15,400 full-time; £7,700 part-time

Postgraduate Loans: From 1 August 2016, students who live in England will be able to apply for a Postgraduate Loan in academic year 2016/17 of up to £10,000. Find out more

Read about funding opportunities available to postgraduate students

UK/EU students can opt to pay in six equal monthly instalments: the first instalment is payable on enrolment and the remaining five by Direct Debit or credit/debit card.

Overseas students can opt to pay in two instalments: 60% on enrolment, and 40% in January for students who commence their course in September (or the remaining 40% in March for selected courses that start in January).

Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.

Qualification and course duration

MA

block mode
N/A months
distance learning
N/A months
full time
12 months
part time
30 months

Assessment

AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment66
Dissertation34 (15000 words)

Course contact details

Name
Professor Dany Nobus
Email
admissions@brunel.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1895 265599