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Psychoanalytic Studies

Overview:
Available to all graduates with a primary degree in any area of study, 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.

Structure
The programme contains 11 modules including a dissertation/research project. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures/tutorials on 3 evenings per week. In addition to a weekly thesis tutorial related to the research project each student works with an individual thesis supervisor as an essential component of the research work. The teaching and learning strategy is based mainly on interactive lectures, group and individual study.

Entry requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:
• 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.

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic Transcripts (Original & 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)

• 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 & one Business

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures. 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) & Passport

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

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation:
• Academic documents
• Academic transcripts
• Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)
• A Curriculum Vitae
• References from your employer/school/college
• A statement of purpose
• A copy of your passport

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned. Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

Duration

1 Year Part-time

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Psychoanalysis is one of the leading orientations of professional psychotherapists worldwide. The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies offers graduates who have non-psychoanalytic primary degrees, or those who have relevant, appropriate and adequate and prior learning, the opportunity to acquire a thorough theoretical basis for a subsequent clinical training at Masters level, for example the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in DBS.

It is particularly useful bridging programme for graduates of their 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

• Formations of the Unconscious I
• Hysteria
• Sexuality I
• Traditions of Psychotherapy
• Psychoanalysis and Language I
• The History of Psychoanalysis
• Formations of the Unconscious II
• Psychoanalysis and Language II
• Sexuality II
• Applications of Psychoanalysis
• Dissertation / Research Project

Comment

Awarding Body: Quality & Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
Award: Postgraduate Diploma
NFQ Level: Level ​8
Award Title:
Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies
Award Type: Major

Assessment method

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies is an academic programme directed by the clinical experiences 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 assessment are clearly communicated to students.

Enrolment and start dates

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2017. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:45am to 5:15pm

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