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Psychoanalytic Studies

Introduction
Available to all graduates with a primary degree in any area of study or to those who do not have a degree but who have relevant, adequate and appropriate prior learning. The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies is designed to offer a rigorous theoretical introduction to psychoanalysis. With its fundamental premise of the existence of unconscious mental life, psychoanalysis differs, radically, from the traditions of psychotherapy and psychology. In recognition of the fact that psychoanalysis is a field where the basis of clinical practice is the practitioner’s own undergoing of analysis, the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies grounds students in the theory of psychoanalysis and thereby serves as a very strong foundation for successful graduates to pursue a qualification at Master’s level in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Students are introduced to the authors who have contributed most significantly to the development of psychoanalysis, in particular Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.

This course is also of interest to graduates who wish to explore how psychoanalytic insights can be applied to such diverse fields as psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, gender studies, film theory and business. Students are made aware of the wide range of applications of psychoanalysis in individual, family, social life and modern culture. Students are encouraged to consider entering their own analysis as a fundamental requirement for engagement with this field.

Programme Structure
The programme contains 11 modules including a dissertation. During both semesters, students are typically required to attend lectures/tutorials on three evenings per week. In addition to having a weekly tutorial related to the dissertation class, which supports students through the process of writing a dissertation. Each student works with an individual supervisor as an essential component of this work. The teaching and learning strategy is based mainly on interactive lectures, group and individual study.

Suited to: All graduates.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have:
- A primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third-level institution or equivalent qualification.

- For those who do not have a primary degree, prior learning in a related field that can be verified and deemed to be adequate, will be considered.

- An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

Duration

1 Year Part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Psychoanalysis is one of the leading orientations of professional psychotherapists worldwide. This programme offers graduates who have nonpsychoanalytic primary degrees, or those who have appropriate prior learning, the opportunity to acquire a thorough theoretical basis for subsequent clinical training at Master’s level, for example the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in DBS.

It is a particularly useful bridging programme for graduates of other degrees relating to the caring professions. The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies also provides stimulating material which can effectively inform many careers, for example, in the business and organisational world, in all of the caring professions and in academia.

Further enquiries

Postgraduate Admissions Office,
Dublin Business School,
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2,
Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie

Subjects taught

Semester 1
Formations of the Unconscious I
Hysteria
Sexuality I
Traditions of Psychotherapy
Psychoanalysis & Language I
The History of Psychoanalysis

Semester 2
Formations of the Unconscious II
Psychoanalysis & Language II
Sexuality II
Applications of Psychoanalysis
Dissertation/Research Project

Comment

Postgraduate School of Arts
The Postgraduate School of Arts is dedicated to the mission of DBS to provide students with the opportunity to develop themselves academically as well as personally through study within the arts, humanities and social sciences. The School of Arts has built an excellent reputation at undergraduate level in areas such as psychology, psychoanalysis, counselling, philosophy, film studies, psychotherapy, drama, journalism and social science. Within the School of Arts the Department of Psychotherapy currently offers six programmes: MA in Psychotherapy, MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, MA in Addiction Studies, Higher Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy, Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies and the BA (Hons) in Counselling and Psychotherapy. The Department of Humanities and Social Sciences offers a Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology and an MSc in Applied Psychology. The Postgraduate School of Arts has the objective of being a centre of excellence for education and research in the areas of the arts, humanities and social sciences. The Postgraduate School wants to provide students with a unique learning experience that is supported by a dedicated staff who are all very experienced and highly qualified in their field. We intend to maintain an educational environment in which the professional and personal aspects of the student-staff relationship are balanced in such a way that the learning experience is very enjoyable and in which the transmission of knowledge and skills find their optimum level.

The Postgraduate School of Arts is connected to an international network of academics and academic institutions. We are committed to maintaining and extending this network of collaborative relationships and to transmitting the benefits of these relationships to our local communities through our research, participation and indeed above all, through providing these communities with an opportunity to avail of an educational experience that is unique.

Assessment method

Assessment Methods
The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies is an academic programme directed by the clinical experience of the practitioners who deliver the lectures. Assessment is approached creatively with a range of assessment strategies including essay writing, in-class presentation, graded group discussion and examination. Instructions and guidelines for all assessments are clearly communicated to students.

Enrolment and start dates

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (birth certificate, drivers licence or passport)

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable) and passport

- The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The Postgraduate Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: admissions@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

NON-EU Applicants:
Non-EU Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:

- Academic Transcripts (original and official english translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS do not need to provide this documentation

- Proof of Identification (passport)

- Detailed Curriculum Vitae

- Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

- Academic/business references (ideally one academic and one business). These are not required for Business programmes

- A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) card, work permit (if applicable)

Please see programme content for any course specific additional application procedures and specific minimum entry requirements.

Applications can be made online at www.dbs.ie or by contacting the International Admissions Office for an application form. For further information please contact:

The International Admissions Office
Dublin Business School
13/14 Aungier Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland
T: +353 1 4177500
F: +353 1 4177543
E: international@dbs.ie
W: www.dbs.ie

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