Research course

Psychoanalytic Studies

Goldsmiths, University of London · Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies

Entry requirements

You should normally have a Masters degree in a relevant subject area.

Months of entry


Course content

Psychoanalytic Studies offers MPhil/PhD study 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.

Psychoanalytic studies and psychodynamic counselling have been research topics and taught programmes in the department since 1995. The department welcomes 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:

  • the relationship between psychotherapy and time
  • the use of mindfulness in combination with psychodynamic techniques with obsessional patients
  • the 'bride in white'
  • the contemporary status of Freud’s classical theories.

Students may be supervised jointly by a departmental academic and one from a further discipline if the subject requires.

Qualification and course duration


part time
48-72 months
full time
36-48 months


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

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