Applications are invited from students wishing to take an MPhil/PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies. Students can register on a 3-4 year full-time, or 5-7 year part-time basis. Overseas students (non UK/EU) are required to register as full-time students due to visa requirements and should be based in the UK for the duration of their studies. The PhD programme is not available via distance learning.
A 1st class or 2:1 standard Master's degree from a UK University in a subject appropriate to the programme to be followed or overseas equivalent. In certain circumstances a professional or other qualification obtained by written examinations and approved by UCL as an appropriate entrance qualification for the MPhil or PhD degree in question may be considered.
- Two academic references.
- Full transcripts of the academic record at university.
A detailed research proposal of 1000-1500 words outlining proposed subject of the thesis, with a working title, and including an indication of the methodology to be adopted and sources to be used. Applications without a clear research proposal cannot be considered. The application must fall within an area where supervision can be offered.
There will be an informal preliminary interview with the Graduate Tutor which, if successful, will be followed by a formal interview with members of the Selection Committee. For overseas applicants these can be arranged by Skype or telephone. Agreement of the proposed supervisor/s must be secured prior to acceptance.
Candidates whose first language is not English or who did not obtain a degree at a University where the medium of instruction was English must take a language proficiency test. UCL accepts a range of recognised tests. For PhD study, applicants must achieve Advanced level.
Applicants who are considered not to have sufficient knowledge of psychoanalysis but who are otherwise well qualified will be advised to take the MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalysis before embarking on a PhD.
Full-time UK/EU students - £ 4,400 per academic year
Full-time UK/EU students - £ 4,500 per academic year
There is one intake each year in September. We do not offer a January start date. Applications should be made online via Student and Registry Services
Research Degree Code: RRDPLSSCEH01 Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Department: Division of Psychology and Language Science
Programme Group: Postgraduate Research
Please state in either your personal statement / research proposal that you are applying for the PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies
Candidates wishing to apply for UCL Graduate Research Scholarships should apply by 1st November to ensure an interview in December-January and a formal decision before the funding deadline of 8th February.
Candidates who are self-funding should apply by 1st April to ensure an interview in April-May and a formal decision by June at the latest.
Each student is required to have two supervisors, who they will meet with either once per month (Principle Supervisor) or once per term (Subsidiary Supervsior). Applicants should have a proposed research area with a supervisor in mind. This will be discussed with the Graduate Tutor, Dr Patrick Luyten at a preliminary interview and should he consider it suitable to proceed, he will make contact with the supervisor that has been jointly selected. Following acceptance by the selection committee, the student will make formal appointments to meet their supervisors.
A research proposal of 1000-1500 words in length must be submitted alongside your application. The full research proposal is an extremely important part of your formal application.
In addition to the Research Proposal, you should use the 'Personal Statement' section of the UCL Graduate Student Application form to give any details on why you think you are particularly suited for your chosen area of research. The Graduate Tutor is available to discuss the suitability of your proposal.
UCL offers a range of scholarships to both UK/EU and Overseas Graduate students. It should be noted that competition for scholarships is extremely high and applicants are advised not to rely solely on these to fund their studies.