The Anna Freud Centre is a clinical, educational and research institution specialising in the psychological treatment of children and young people. It has a distinguished historical tradition and has an unrivalled reputation as a centre for the psychoanalytic study and treatment of children and adolescents.


Together with the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London (UCL), The Anna Freud Centre offers a one year Masters Course. This course aims to provide successful applicants with a thorough grounding in the psychoanalytic approach to child development and the emerging interface between psychoanalysis and developmental psychopathology. The course is divided into 3 main components:

Lecture Courses

Addressing basic Psychoanalytic Concepts, including the work of Sigmund Freud, post-Freudian thinkers and the pluralism of analytic theories that co-exist at the present time.

Covering topics in Child Development from birth through adolescence, encompassing central psychoanalytic perspectives as well as contemporary issues and methods in developmental psychology.

Observation Practice and Seminars

This component of the course includes observations of babies, toddlers and nursery-aged children in order to gain a naturalistic understanding of child development.

Weekly seminars provide the opportunity for setting the descriptions obtained via observational practice into a range of possible exploratory developmental and psychoanalytic frameworks.

Research Seminars and Dissertation

These weekly seminars consist of instruction in developmental research methods and statistics as well as tutorials in using computer-based statistical packages - the essential tools to completing the dissertation.

Students undertake developmental/clinical research based within the ongoing research at the Anna Freud Centre or at University College. Alternatively, students carry out research with academic colleagues at neighbouring institutions such as the Tavistock Clinic, the Institute of Psychiatry, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, and the Brandon Centre.

Research projects in the past have been based on therapeutic outcome studies, attachment research, and reliability and validity studies of new measures of social and emotional development in children.

For more information and application materials, please contact:

The Masters' Course Secretary.

The Anna Freud Centre

21 Maresfield Gardens

London NW3 5SH. UK.

Phone 0171 794 2313

Fax 0171 794 6506


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