Psychoanalysis Unit

The Psychoanalysis Unit’s mission is to break the mould of traditional approaches to psychoanalysis, taking inspiration from the discipline’s ideas to meet the challenges of the modern world. Our truly interdisciplinary research applies psychoanalysis to contemporary issues, including mental and physical health, financial instability, gender, technology and the arts.

We draw on a wide range of research methods and theoretical perspectives taken from neuroscience and clinical trials, anthropology, economics and history.

We run a PhD in Psychoanalytic studies with over 25 doctoral students and also run four MSc courses: an MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies (with the British Psychoanalytical Society, BPAS), an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology (with the Anna Freud Centre) and an MSc in Psychodynamic Developmental Neuroscience (in collaboration with the Anna Freud Centre and the Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, YCSC).

The unit aims to share the latest psychoanalytic ideas and runs regular conferences and an interdisciplinary programme with lectures and seminars open to all members of the university and wider community.

We have a number of national and international affiliations, including the Anna Freud Centre, the Menninger Clinic and leading scholars at Yale and Harvard Universities.

We are currently inviting students of the Slade School of Fine Art to design an artwork representing modern psychoanalysis. You can find more details and the technical brief here.

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