Taught course

Psychoanalytic Studies

Trinity College Dublin · School of Psychology

Entry requirements

Applications are normally accepted only from persons with a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate arts, social science or science subject or other subject which provides some basis for this course.

Months of entry


Course content

The Masters of Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Studies offers graduates a thorough introduction to the history, theory and applications in clinical work and in the wider culture of psychoanalysis from Freud to modern writers in this broad field. The course is of interest to people from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates of psychology, philosophy, and other university programmes, as well mental health professionals, people who work in the fields of the Arts, education and health, among others. The programme attracts students from around the world and from a wide mix of backgrounds and age-groups.
This is a one year full-time course. Students take six compulsory modules, equivalent to 10 ECTS each, together with a dissertation (30 ECTS). Please see modules below:
  • Psychoanalysis and Art
  • Dreams, Dreaming and Symbolic Life
  • The Emotional World of the Child
  • The Unconscious in Groups, Organisations and Society
  • Object Relations Theory
  • The Mind-Body Question in Psychoanalysis
*While the modules listed above are generally offered annually, please note that they may be subject to change.
Students complete a dissertation on a psychoanalytic theme for submission at the end of the programme.

Information for international students

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:

IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall

TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • PGDip
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Dr John O'Connor
+353-1-896 2290