MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies
Information about Clinical Training
Applications are invited from students wishing to take a one-year full-time or up to five years Flexible/Modular MSc degree in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies at University College London. Up to 22 places are offered to UK , EU and overseas students each year.
A good undergraduate degree in ANY subject, from a recognised institution, of at least a second class honours standard (2:2), a medical degree, or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution. Exceptionally, applicants may be accepted without a first degree, provided that they have considerable professional or other experience.
An excellent level of English. This is particularly important for this programme because much of the reading is very demanding and it is intensive.
Below is a list of the English language qualifications and tests that are recognised by UCL for Graduate Admission to Taught Programmes in the Psychology Department.
GCSE/GCE O Level English Language: Pass at Grade B
IELTS: Good level: Overall grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each of the subtests.
TOEFL: Internet version: Good level: Score of 100, plus 24/30 in the reading and writing subtests and 23/30 in the listening and speaking subtests
*Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English: Pass at Grade B.
*Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English: Pass at Grade A.
More information about UCL Graduate language requirements.
The programme has no formal deadline for applications, but UCL online applications close 1st August 2014 for entrance in September 2014. This is a very popular programme and it is therefore advisable to apply as early in the academic year as possibleInterviews are held throughout the year, and applications continue to be processed even after all places have been filled so it is still worth enquiring whether there are any places, even in the summer before term begins, as occasionally applicants have to withdraw and a vacancy arises. However, the earlier an application is received, the more likely it is that a place will be offered, other things being equal. Further information about UCL Graduate Admissions
Applicants with further questions, or who may be interested in applying after 1st August should contact the Programme Administrator, Vilma Rupeikaite directly:
UCL Psychoanalysis Unit
1-19 Torrington Place
London WC1E 7HB
Tel.: 020 7679 1899
Full-time UK/EU Students: £8,750
Full-time Overseas (Non-EU) Students: £21,500
Full-time UK/EU Students: £9,000
Full-time Overseas (Non-EU) Students: £22,100
Flexible/Modular students are charged pro-rata depending on the number of modules selected each year.
Further information about tuition fees.
Please note that it is highly unusual for overseas students to be able to register as flexible/modular students for immigration reasons, unless the student already has right to residence without a student visa. For further information please contact the International Students Office.
UK/EU Fees for 2015-2016 will be added to this site as this information becomes available from UCL Registry. Please check the Registry and Academic Services website for updated details. Fees are subject to increase and this is implicit in accepting the offer of a place at UCL
Students entering this programme come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some enter the programme after undertaking psychotherapy training to deepen their theoretical understanding. Others come to it with little knowledge of psychoanalysis, perhaps considering training in the future, or wanting to relate psychoanalytic ideas to theoretical study in related disciplines.
Over the last sixteen years the programme has accepted applicants who have previously worked or studied in the following areas: Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Philosophy, Psychiatry, English Literature, Fine Arts, Women's Studies, Economics, Politics, Social Science, History of Philosophy and Science, Anthropology, Theology, Film, Media and Cultural Studies, Law, Journalism, Investment Banking, Television and Radio Production, Publishing and Marketing.
Our applicants range in age from graduates coming straight from university, to more mature individuals who are maybe looking to either change career direction or enhance their current career by deepening their understanding of the subject. The programme attracts many International students and in the past students have come from India, Mexico, Peru, Portugal, Singapore, America, Greece, Taiwan, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, as well as the UK.
The MSc is not a clinical programme, but provides an interesting background to formal clinical training and some students pursue this option. Many students continue with their academic studies at doctoral level either at UCL or elsewhere. The Psychoanalysis Unit runs an MPhil/PhD in Psychoanalytic Studies and has over twenty five doctoral students. The Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology runs both an MPhil/PhD and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Other students have gone on to do training in Psychotherapy, Child Psychotherapy or Counselling. Others return to their professional careers.
Some career advice can be offered to students in individual discussion with the Programme Director and Programme Tutor, who may be able to arrange for the student to have further discussion with colleagues, or to obtain fuller information about options (e.g. professional training or study for a PhD) from relevant sources. Students should also be aware of the careers advice available through UCL Careers Office
Although the MSc programme gives a valuable background to clinical training in psychoanalysis or psychotherapy, and we are in a good position to facilitate this progression, it is a different undertaking with different entry requirements.
It must be emphasised that this is a university programme conforming to the standards and customs of University College London, run by the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. Thus, although the programme is taught primarily by psychoanalysts belonging to the British Psychoanalytical Society, it is not part of the range of educational courses offered by the Society itself. In particular, it must be understood that this is not a clinical training in psychoanalysis, such as the Society itself offers. The Society does, however, certainly welcome applications for training from students or graduates of this programme, who need not be deterred by being younger or less clinically experienced than many who train to become psychoanalysts. Any applicants who might be interested in exploring this possibility are welcome to contact Prof Mary Target , Christine English, or the British Psychoanalytical Society directly, to discuss the options.
The MSc offers an optional pathway for students accepted on the Foundation Course at the Institute in Psychoanalysis in London to have their work accredited as part of the MSc Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies. For further information about this option, please see our Foundation Course FAQ page or contact the MSc Programme Administrator, Vilma Rupeikaite: firstname.lastname@example.org