Research course

Psychoanalytic Studies

University of Essex · Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
PhDMPhilMA by research

Entry requirements

Masters degree or equivalent.

PhD, MPhil, MA by dissertation

Months of entry

January, October, April

Course content

We offer research supervision in the following fields: child development; conceptual analysis; creativity; gender; group and institutional dynamics; history of psychoanalysis (including Jungian analysis); Jungian thought; philosophical issues in psychoanalysis; psychoanalysis and the arts; psychoanalysis and education; psychoanalysis and religion; psychoanalytic methodology in clinical and non-clinical fields, especially politics and sociology; psychoanalytic theory (eg Freudian, Kleinian, Jungian, object-relations and group theory); psychosis; refugee studies; and trauma and violence.

Our graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Many of our students are already professionals, clinical and non-clinical, so return to their existing fields, either in jobs or further training, and use their time with us to deepen their understanding of their work.

We also offer an MPhil and a Masters by dissertation in this subject and part-time research study is also available.

Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.

We enjoy an outstanding reputation for research and have consistently achieved the highest rating in the UK's Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), most recently in December 2008. Being located within the UK's leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.

Department specialisms

Psychoanalytic theory; group/institutional dynamics; psychosis; gender; education/child development; trauma/violence; refugee studies; psychoanalytic methodology in clinical/non-clinical fields; history of psychoanalysis; psychoanalysis and the arts.

Information for international students

IELTS 7.0.

Fees and funding

Some University of Essex studentships.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

MA by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 874 554