Taught course

Psychoanalytic Studies (M16)

Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust · Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to: have a degree, or other qualification of equivalent level; we also welcome your application if you don’t have a standard educational background, or if you are currently engaged in, or wish to pursue, academic study rather than related professional work.

Months of entry


Course content

This is a truly unique psychoanalytic studies course which has been established for over twenty years and which offers direct experiential learning through observation alongside theoretical and applications modules. The emphasis of the course is on learning from experience and students are encouraged to use their own emotional responses, as well as theory, to help them to make sense of the ideas that they are studying.

The course has its roots in the British School of Psychoanalysis/Tavistock model of infant and young child observation; students are also encouraged to develop and explore their own theoretical interests.

Most seminars are run by experienced clinicians giving this academic course a clinical dimension.

Our students are drawn from a wide variety of backgrounds, including:

  • law;
  • medicine;
  • the arts;
  • journalism;
  • practising clinicians;
  • those considering a clinical training;
  • those thinking about working with children or adults but are not yet sure which;
  • students with an interest in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to the arts, politics and literature.

Fees and funding

UK students
£8,700 (FT) £3,499 (PT)
International students
£15,200 (FT) £6,998 (PT)

Please see information on fees and funding for Tavistock and Portman students on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Rosa Akerman
+44 (0)20 8938 2213 / 2214