Research course (will run subject to approval)

Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Queen Mary, University of London · Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Entry requirements

Students are accepted from diverse backgrounds and we wish to widen the range of applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, including refugee and immigrants. The course is open to any discipline working in health and social care settings. We are open to candidates with diverse experiences, so emphasis is placed on the applicant's capacity for drawing on personal resources as well as on their capacity to undertake an intellectually rigorous course. Education achievement at Masters level is required, but in exceptional circumstances where there is evidence of a similar level of work, potential applicants will be considered. Selection is on the basis of a written application form and an interview and candidates must meet the following criteria: A relevant first degree or equivalent, although candidates without a formal academic background but with adequate relevant experience may be considered for a QMUL MSc programme as an alternative, and on successful completion of that, can continue with the Professional Doctorate. All applicants will be asked to complete a timed essay on the day of their interview as part of the assessment of their academic ability. At least one year of work-experience with relevant client groups, and be currently engaged in such work. Possessing an understanding of basic psychoanalytical knowledge before starting the programme, i.e. having successfully completed an introductory course of study. In personal therapy with a psychoanalytical psychotherapist member and approved by the RTC for at least a year prior to entering the programme, at a minimum frequency of twice weekly. Able to demonstrate a commitment to the objectives of the programme and to achieve the standard required for the work. If relevant, candidates must also have the endorsement of their previous training institution and clinical supervisor; references will be required. References will be expected to show the candidates ability to engage with a period of research and professional training. International Students: In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, then IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes. Students from outside of the UK help form a global community of QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website here. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements. If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for the masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Months of entry


Course content

This exciting and innovative programme is aimed at clinicians and senior professionals working within health and social care settings. The programme has been developed as a partnership between Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Refugee Therapy Centre (RTC). Completion of the course will lead to a QMUL degree, and registration with the RTC as a fully qualified Intercultural therapist. RTC is an organisation member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA).

The four major areas of need identified for this programme are:

  • strengthening the training of health professionals;
  • strengthening the provision of intercultural psychoanalytic psychotherapy;
  • developing a network of professionals specialising in the field;
  • strengthening research capacity in this area.

This programme uniquely combines the theoretical and practical aspects of psychoanalytic theory with an intercultural approach towards therapeutic treatment with refugees, other minorities and people exposed to torture and other forms of human right violation.

The Professional Doctorate in Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programme consists of substantial taught and research components (50% each), and requires supervised clinical practice of two patients (one for 18 months and one for 24). The candidate needs to be in personal analysis with a clinician member and/or approved by the RTC of at least twice a week for one year prior to taking up the course.

Students learn the application of theory to innovative clinical practice; acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to practise as independent Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists after full qualifications and registration with the RTC. The programme is delivered over 3 years full time and 6 years part time, and the award is made on successful completion of both the academic and clinical components.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Fees are charged at a Home/EU rate for UK and EU nationals, and an overseas rate for International students - find out more about how your tuition fee status is assessed.


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students. These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects. Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Rehana Patel