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Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

The central aim of this course is to provide students with the theoretical basis for training in adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy and child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy. The course provides a thorough training in psychoanalytic theory from Freud through Klein, Bion, Winnicott, and the Independent Tradition, while strongly emphasising the aspect of clinical training with adults.

The course will be two years in duration and it will be a part-time course. As a part-time taught postgraduate course of two calendar years duration, the total will be 90 ECTS credits. Teaching will take place mostly during the two College terms in Year 1 and Year 2.

Some teaching also takes place on an irregular basis out of term in order to support the Infant Observation module and in relation to the ongoing clinical components of the programme. Students continue their personal therapy out of term as well as in term. The course, including assessment, is the equivalent of 90 ECTS.


2 years part-time. Teaching will take place on Tuesday evenings and all day Wednesday during term.

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Further enquiries

Course Director: Dr John O'Connor
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Subjects taught

The course taught modules are as follows:
Module 1: Theoretical Frameworks I (10 ECTS);
Module 2: Infant Observation I (10 ECTS);
Module 3: Infant, Child - Adolescent Development (10 ECTS);
Module 4: Clinical Concepts (5 ECTS);
Module 5: Infant Observation II (10 ECTS);
Module 6: Theoretical Framework II (10 ECTS);
Module 7: Clinical Practice (5 ECTS);
Module 8: Research (30 ECTS).

Modules 1 to 4 are completed in the first year of the course, with modules 5 to 8 being completed in the second year of the course. Students who pass each of the taught modules and the dissertation are eligible for the award of M.Sc. in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Students who pass each of the modules but do not complete the dissertation will be awarded the Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy.

Application date

Closing Date: 1st March 2017

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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