Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates who are graduates of recognised University courses, with a 1st class or 2nd class honours primary degree from a recognised Institution. Applications are made online at: www.tcd.ie/courses/postgraduate/az

Months of entry


Course content

This is a two year course in psychoanalytic psychotherapy,
conducted as a part of a four year training programme in
psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The course provides students
with a comprehensive account of psychoanalytic systems
as they have developed from the work of Sigmund Freud
to the current time. The course provides a comprehensive
conceptual and critical understanding of the theoretical
basis of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, as well as a thorough
training in the application of psychoanalytic theory to
psychoanalytic clinical practice.
The central aim of this course is to provide students with
the theoretical basis for training in adult psychoanalytic
psychotherapy and child and adolescent psychoanalytic
psychotherapy. The course provides a thorough training
in psychoanalytic theory from Freud through Klein, Bion,
Winnicott, and the Independent Tradition, while strongly
emphasising the aspect of clinical training with adults
The course will be two years in duration and it will be a parttime
course. As a part-time taught postgraduate course of
two calendar years duration, the total will be 90 ECTS credits.
Teaching will take place mostly during the two academic
terms in Year 1 and Year 2. Teaching will take place on Tuesday
evenings and all day Wednesday during term. Some teaching
also takes place on an irregular basis out of term in order to
support the Infant Observation module and in relation to the
ongoing clinical components of the programme. Students
continue their personal therapy out of term as well as in
term. The course, including assessment, is the equivalent of
90 ECTS. The course taught modules are as follows: Module
1: Theoretical Frameworks I (10 ECTS); Module 2: Infant
Observation I (10 ECTS); Module 3: Infant, Child - Adolescent
Development (10 ECTS); Module 4: Clinical Concepts (5
ECTS); Module 5: Infant Observation II (10 ECTS); Module 6:
Theoretical Framework II (10 ECTS); Module 7: Clinical Practice
(5 ECTS); Module 8: Research (30 ECTS). Modules 1 to 4 are
completed in the first year of the course, with modules 5 to 8
being completed in the second year of the course. Students
who pass each of the taught modules and the dissertation
are eligible for the award of M.Sc. in Psychoanalytic
Psychotherapy. Students who pass each of the modules but
do not complete the dissertation will be awarded the Post-
Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months

Course contact details

Dr John O’Connor