Master's Programme in Psychodynamic Studies

Part-time postgraduate study

The Master’s Programme in Psychodynamic Studies provides access for candidates of postgraduate ability to complete part-time training in psychodynamic counselling, including academic study and research. 

The programme is formed of three graduate courses:

The programme is accredited by the UPCA (Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association). Students who complete the full programme and the necessary clinical hours will be eligible for professional accreditation via UPCA with UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) as a psychotherapeutic counsellor. In addition, those that wish may apply individually to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy).

The Certificate course runs annually, while the Diploma and Master of Studies are on a two-year cycle. A post-certificate seminar series is held on alternate years, when there is not an intake for the Diploma directly following the Certificate. The seminar series gives the opportunity for consolidation of certificate learning and facilitates a progression in psychodynamic thinking.

Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling

The Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling is a one-year part-time course providing a broadly-based exploration of psychodynamic theory, philosophy and practice, and includes self-exploration.

The course is the first part of the Master's Programme in Psychodynamic Studies but it can also be taken as a stand-alone course.

The PG Certificate will be of interest to those seeking to:

  • develop their understanding of psychodynamic theory and practice
  • prepare for professional training, such as this programme’s PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice

Find out more about the Postgraduate Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling.

Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice

The Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice is a two-year part-time course developing on from the Postgraduate Certificate designed to bring trainees to the level of professional competence. All trainees will have a clinical placement, clinical supervision, and be in personal therapy. Equal emphasis is given to theory, clinical experience and personal development. The course includes theory lectures, clinical seminars, and sensitivity groups. 

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice.

MSt in Psychodynamic Practice

The Master of Studies (MSt) in Psychodynamic Practice is the final part of the Master’s Programme.

Part-time over one year, the course consolidates the clinical and academic work of the programme, and provides training in advanced clinical work and research methodology, with the undertaking of supervised research. The course is designed to bring course members to an advanced level of professional competence.

Find out more about the MSt in Psychodynamic Practice.