Research course

Psychoanalytic Sociology and the Psychosocial

Open University · Department of Sociology

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Sociology at The Open University has a long history of engagement with psychoanalysis and the psychosocial, not least in the work of Stuart Hall and Bob Bobcock. This interest is more vibrant today than ever. Peter Redman co-edits the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society; Jessica Evans has worked extensively on psychoanalysis, culture and media, including on a number of important collaborations with Stuart Hall;and emeritus professor, Kath Woodward has recently published Psychosocial Studies: An Introduction (Routledge). Our ongoing research in this area has strong links to the Psychosocial research cluster in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and research students will be part of a strong and sympathetic research community in the Faculty. We welcome applications in all areas of psychoanalytic sociology and the psychosocial, particularly those orientated towards the post-Kleinian and object relations traditions, and sociological explorations that challenge the boundaries of sociology with those informed by psychosocial and psychoanalytic approaches.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
      part time
      72 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

          Discipline Convenor

          +44 (0)1908 653947