MSc in Theoretical Psychoanalytic Studies
The MSc programme currently consists of the following five modules:
For Full-time students all five modules are compulsory.
Flexible/Modular students (up to five years) select the modules they wish to study in each academic year. Further information about flexible/modular study.
PSYCGT10: Fundamentals of Psychoanalytic Theory/Freud reading Seminars (30 Credits)
This module aims at a critical understanding of the main psychoanalytic theories and models of the mind as these developed in the work of Freud. This module introduces an understanding of how the theories developed in conjunction with understanding particular pathologies, such as hysteria, which is at the heart of psychoanalytic theory as originally formulated by Sigmund Freud. It also introduces students to the particular task of understanding the significance of the clinical case report from Freud through to the present day.
PSYCGT11 Major Schools of Psychoanalysis (30 Credits)
This module traces the development of psychoanalysis in France and Britain since Freud’s death. It provides coverage of the work of Ferenczi, Melanie Klein, Anna Freud, DW Winnicott, and Jacques Lacan. More contemporary Freudian and British Independent psychoanalytic theorists are covered in module PSYCGT12
This seminar series reviews the work of Melanie Klein, highlighting her contributions to the development of psychoanalytic theory, models of pathology and technique, and covering the current contributions of Kleinian analysis.
Anna Freud and the Classical Tradition
The unit aims to provide an introduction to the ideas of Anna Freud and what is know known as Classical Theory and Technique, which combines both Freudian and Anna Freudian concepts. Students should read some major works of Anna Freud and develop a critical understanding of the major conceptual developments which distinguish her work from those from other psychoanalytic traditions .
This unit aims to provide an introduction to the ideas of D.W Winicott. Students will read some major works of D.W Winnicott, and develop a critical understanding of the major conceptual developments which distinguish Winnicott and his followers from those in other psychoanalytic traditions.
Lacan and the Modern French
A series of seminars introduces students to the complex and highly influential ideas of Jacques Lacan and Andre Green.
A series of seminars introduces students to the work of Sandor Ferenczi.
PSYCGT12 Core Psychoanalytic Theory
This module traces the development of psychoanalytic theory and technique. It provides an introduction to thematic areas of trauma, sexulaity and hysteria and explores cotemporary psychoanalytic technique. Four seminars also explore the work of Wilfred Bion.
Contemporary Clinical Theory
A series of seminars covering technique in psychoanalysis and how technique interacts with theory.
Hysteria and Psychosomatics
The seminars within this series aim to give a perspective on differing psychoanalytic concepts of hysteria, beginning with Freud and the origins of psychoanalysis, giving an indication of how later psychoanalysts worked with those original ideas and finishing with contemporary British psychoanalytic contributions to the subject.
Four seminars will be dedicated to exploring the work of Bion focusing on some of his most important theoretical developments.
This seminar series aims to introduce a psychoanalytic model of trauma. Students will gain an historical background to modern views on trauma, an understanding of how trauma impacts on the mind and an awareness of how the impact of trauma is understood in the Lacanian, Independent and Kleinian traditions.
Mourning and the Internal World
PSYCGT13 Applications of Psychoanalysis (30 credits)
Seminar series are offered to demonstrate the application of psychoanalytic ideas to understanding the wider culture and their contribution to other disciplines such as Philosophy, Literature, Music and Cinema. Essential issues in psychoanalysis such as love and narcissism are also examined.
Essential Issues in Psychoanalysis
The overall intention of this series is to give the student the opportunity to encounter and contend with some of the fundamental issues that concern psychoanalysis and which make it such a compelling and important approach to the contemporary understanding of human existence and its potential transformation.
Philosophy, Psychoanalysis and Science
The aim of this course is to study how theory and data are related in psychoanalytic reasoning, and how psychoanalytic claims relate to those in other disciplines which also bear on the mind, including developmental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and evolution.
Psychoanalysis and other Disciplines (Cinema, Literature, Music)
A series of seminars examining the relationship between Cinema, Literature, Music and Psychoanalysis.
PSYCGT98 Dissertation (60 Credits)
99PSGFC1 – Foundation Course Optional Pathway (Alternative to Module PSYCGT13) (30 credits)
From 2011, an optional pathway will enable 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