Established in 1996, this Master's degree in psychodynamics provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory. You will also be taught research methods and complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation.
This course is designed to provide professional and personal development for those working in settings such as community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health and education. It is a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.
Why study this course at Birkbeck?
A valuable opportunity to combine the knowledge of practising clinicians from a leading psychotherapy training institution with the research expertise of an internationally recognised university department. Infant observation component provides experiential learning that can be accredited for psychotherapy training. Choose between psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic approaches. You have access to library facilities at Birkbeck, Senate House and the British Psychotherapy Foundation. All postgraduates at Birkbeck benefit from a wide range of advantages related to the central location of the College, its varied and rich postgraduate life, the diversity of overlapping Master’s programmes and Birkbeck academic institutes which provide regular talks and seminars that you can attend.
Birkbeck is one of the world’s leading research-intensive institutions. Our cutting-edge scholarship informs public policy, achieves scientific advances, supports the economy, promotes culture and the arts, and makes a positive difference to society.
Birkbeck’s research excellence was confirmed in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, which placed Birkbeck 30th in the UK for research, with 73% of our research rated world-leading or internationally excellent.
'I have worked as a Psychiatric Nurse and Team Leader since 2002 at Broadmoor Hospital, Mental Health Trust. After studying for a work-based diploma in conjunction with Birkbeck, I was inspired to take the Master's in Pyschodynamic Counselling.
'Although I chose to study a different method of treatment from the one we use at work, the course was extremely useful. Broadmoor realised this and kindly helped fund my third year.
'Now I feel I can support my staff more and that I have a better understanding of people in general. The course also helped me understand the dynamics of the organisation too. You need a lot of emotional resilience to do my job and this Master's was a great voyage of self-discovery and really improved my confidence. Self-directed work was challenging but it was brilliant because it helps you to discover your potential and develop where necessary.
'I had always wanted to study psychology at university, but it was too expensive; so in Jamaica I trained as a nurse instead. Although I took a different path, I have ended up where I always wanted to be. My workmates knew how much I enjoyed my Master's and were worried that I would quit; but I love my job and am now even more motivated to help people.'
School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy, Postgraduate Taught (PGT) Bursary
Applications are invited for one 'Postgraduate Taught' Bursary worth £6,000, to be awarded to a candidate with an outstanding academic record who shows high potential for strong performance on one of the School's 'Postgraduate Taught' programmes.This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the departments listed below; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This £6,000 award is in the form of a bursary (i.e., there is no 'fee waiver' but the bursary may be used towards payment of fees). If awarded to a part-time student, the bursary will be paid for two years of PGT study.Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an application for a place at Birkbeck on an MA/MSc programme within the School of SSHP or the MPhil. Stud. in the Department of Philosophy, either before or at the same time as applying for funding.Prospective studentsCandidates will be expected to fulfil similar academic criteria to those demanded by external funding bodies. They will normally possess at least an upper second class honours degree or equivalent.
Value of Scholarship(s)
This competition is open to new Home/EU and International students who are applying for either a full-time or part-time MA/MSc place in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy; the competition is also open to students who are applying to the Department of Philosophy and the degree of M.Phil. Stud. Philosophy.This competition is open to new students only
Before you apply, you should contact the relevant department for advice.
Once you have identified a relevant programme, you will need to:
Apply online for the relevant MA/MSc or MPhil. Stud. (Dept. of Philosophy) degree in the normal way
Download the SSHP Postgraduate Taught Bursary Application Form Word icon
The SSHP Studentship application form should be returned to Jane Halstead, Assistant School Manager, via the following email address:
Postgraduate Support Scheme for final-year undergraduates (full-time)
We are pleased to announce that, for October 2015 entry, Birkbeck has a limited number of new £10,000 postgraduate scholarships. These scholarships are for students progressing from a full-time undergraduate degree to a part-time Master’s degree starting in 2015/16.
Value of Scholarship(s)
To be eligible for the scholarship you must be:Starting a 2-year part-time taught Master’s degree in 2015/16 Domiciled in the UK/EU Progressing from an undergraduate course for which you were charged the higher tuition fee (applicable since 2012–13) studying at postgraduate Master’s level for the first time
If you want to apply for this support, you must follow these steps:
Submit an application for your intended course Submit an application for the Postgraduate Support Scheme
Normally a first degree; non-graduates with academic and professional experience may be considered. Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage.If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
Part-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa Part-time overseas students: £ 8750 pa
Recipient: Birkbeck, University of London
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