Research course (will run subject to approval)

Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

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

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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).

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • DPsychotherapy
    part time
    72 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Wolfson Institute
+44 (0)20 7882 5511