Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Doctorate in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Doctorate in Analytical Psychology
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian
The Academic Centre
Rules of Assessment
Assessment and Progression Procedures
The professional doctorate consists of two parts, a
clinical training component followed by a research component. The clinical
training component consists of psychotherapy training leading to registration
with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) or the Council for Psychoanalysis
and Jungian Analysis (CPJA), a college of the United Kingdom Council for
Psychotherapy (UKCP). The research component offers a structured method of
continuing professional development aimed at enhancing research skills and
contributing to the development of the field. The combination of these two parts
leads to a Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic
Psychotherapy,* or Analytical Psychology.
All candidates will write a research thesis. The
research for the thesis can be carried out in any area of psychoanalytic,
psychodynamic, or analytical psychology, subject to the availability of suitably
Research in the context of a professional doctorate
should be of relevance to clinical practice and should in some form contribute
to the field of clinical work. It should show either how the research derives
from clinical practice or how it enhances clinical practice. In some cases, the
nature of the research for a professional doctorate will be indistinguishable
from research for a PhD, especially when the clinical process itself is not the
source of data (for example, in conceptual, historical and outcome studies). In
cases in which the clinical process itself generates the data, such as the use
of one or a small number of detailed case reports or the use of psychodynamic
observation and interviews, there are quite particular methodological issues
unique to clinical research and this course particularly aims to explore and
develop research in the clinical domain. Whatever form the thesis takes, its
length is 40,000 words (approximately half that of a PhD thesis).
The programme comprises a taught course in research
methodology and a research thesis as detailed below. Teaching for the courses
will take place at the University of Essex’s Belsize Centre in London.
Enquiries about the programme should be directed
either to the Research Student
Administrator (email@example.com; 01206 874554), or
to Dr Matt ffytche, Director of Graduate Studies (firstname.lastname@example.org), in the
British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)
For details about the British Psychoanalytic Council
(BPC) and a list of member organisations, see:
Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian
For details about the Council for Psychoanalysis and
Jungian Analysis (CPJA), which is a college of the United Kingdom Council for
Psychotherapy (UKCP), and a list of member organisations, visit:
The Academic Centre, London
The Academic Centre, based at 94 Belsize Lane, London,
was officially opened in October 2004. The Centre enables some Essex-based
teaching, including the professional doctorate programmes, to be located in
London, allowing students from a wider geographical area to enrol.
The Doctorate programme leads to a Professional
Doctorate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy,* or
Analytical Psychology awarded by the University of Essex, based on:
1) A professional psychotherapy training leading to
registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council or the Council for
Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis;
2) A psychoanalytic methodology course and research
workshop and related assignments;
3) A thesis of 40,000 words.
Outline of Doctorate programme structure and content
The research component of the doctorate programme will
normally last three years and all teaching will take place on Fridays. In
Year 1 there will be two components (‘Psychoanalytic Methodology’ and ‘Research
Workshop’). Alongside this, students will begin work on the research for their
thesis. In Years 2 and 3 students will continue to attend the ‘Research
Workshop’ and will complete their research and the thesis. Throughout the
course, students will have the opportunity for individual supervision sessions.
Candidates who can demonstrate their readiness may
apply to submit their thesis after two years. Application for early
submission is by requesting to have an additional supervisory board after the
fourth term of study, at which the likelihood of the candidate’s being ready for
early submission will be assessed.
• Psychoanalytic Methodology Seminars. This
course will cover the major epistemological and methodological issues in doing
clinical research from a psychoanalytic and Jungian perspective, and aims at
teaching a critical approach to the way in which psychoanalytic thinking (from a
Freudian, Jungian and Kleinian perspective) generates knowledge. The course,
which consists of a two-hour seminar every fortnight during the autumn and
spring terms, will be taught by staff of the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies
and guest lecturers.
• Psychoanalytic Methodology Research Workshop.
This workshop will take place two to three times per term, on alternate weeks
with the ‘Psychoanalytic Methodology’ course and will be taught by members of
staff from the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. The workshop comprises both
practical research methods teaching and student presentations, and supplements
the research methodology seminars. The aim of the workshop is to facilitate the
student in the preparation of their own research thesis, and introduce students
to the fundamental aspects of undertaking a research project, including:
- developing a research question
- using databases and carrying out a literature review
- writing a research proposal
- ethics and informed consent
- on-going discussion of student projects
• Individual supervision. Students will be
allocated an individual supervisor (a member of the University staff or an
approved associate supervisor) at the beginning of the scheme but the supervisor
may be changed when the topic of the research is settled (no later than the
start of the summer term of the 1st year). For professional doctorates in which
research involves control of transference and counter-transference and the
generation of data from the clinical process, it might be appropriate to consult
an associate clinical supervisor, and this would be done in consultation with
the supervisor. In these cases, the supervisor retains responsibility for the
project, but the associate clinical supervisor may be needed to monitor the
clinical or observational process that generates the data. Such supervision
would be at the discretion of the individual student, in consultation with the
supervisor, and would need to be financed on a private basis. In cases of
specialist knowledge areas an associate academic supervisor or consultant from
outside the University might also be brought in on the same basis.
• Conditions of progress in the first year.
- Students will be expected to have a coherent proposal prior
to acceptance on the programme and will start work on more
detailed planning of their research thesis from the
beginning of the first year, in consultation with the University
- Students are expected to attend the Orientation Day
which usually takes place at the Colchester campus on the
Wednesday before the beginning of the academic year, at the
beginning of October.
- Attendance on one day (minimum) of the Centre for
Psychoanalytic Studies Research Student Conference, which
takes place at the Colchester campus at the end of May, is a
requirement of the course. Attendance for the full conference
(usually at least another day and including the Annual Freud
Memorial Lecture) is strongly recommended.
- Assessment is based on (i) a review of the literature in
the student’s chosen field of inquiry (4,000 words;
deadline: Monday of the first week of the Spring term);
(ii) a methodology paper (4,000 words; deadline: Monday of
the first week of the Summer term); and (iii) an
introduction to their project as a whole, which will normally be
a new version of the original proposal, revised in the light of
work done during the year, including the literature review and
methodology paper (4,000 words; submitted to a supervisory
board, which will normally be held in July). These three
components will be coherent pieces of work, amenable to
independent assessment, but it is expected that they will also
provide the basis for chapters or substantial sections of the
research thesis. These three pieces of work will make up the
Research Portfolio for the first year of the course.
- Students’ literature review and methodology assignments will
be considered by an examination board in the summer term. Their
introduction and their work generally will be presented to, and
discussed with, a supervisory board consisting of the
supervisor and two other members of staff, at least one of whom
will be a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, psychodynamic
psychotherapist, or analytical psychologist. For details of the
role and function of the Supervisory Board, see the Postgraduate
- The Research Students Progress Committee (RSPC) will
recommend proceeding to the 2nd year, considering whether
students have: a) passed the literature review and methodology
assignments; and b) shown satisfactory progress with the
introduction/ research proposal as assessed by the supervisory
Years 2 and 3
Work towards completion of the Research Thesis (not
more than 40,000 words) will continue, supported throughout the year by:
• Research Workshop
This workshop will continue twice a term during the
second year of the course and brings together all students on the professional
doctorate in joint problem solving activity.
• Individual Supervision
This will be the key method of learning and support in
the second and third years.
• In the summer term of the second and third years
students will again present their work to a
supervisory board. (Students who apply to be
considered for early submission of their thesis will have an additional
supervisory board at the end of the first term or beginning of the second term
of their second year in order to consider their application.)
• Throughout their studies professional doctorate
students are urged to take advantage of the research culture of the Centre as a
whole and in particular are invited to attend and, especially in their second
and third years, to present at the Research Student Forum which takes
place at the Colchester campus three times a term.
The thesis will be submitted no later than 15th
September at the end of the third year, although extensions may be possible
in certain circumstances in accordance with the University's regulations (see
the Postgraduate Handbook). It will be assessed according to the procedures
outlined in the University’s regulations for doctorates. This includes the
appointment of an internal examiner who shall not be the trainee’s research
supervisor and an individual thesis external examiner, who will both read the
thesis and conduct an oral examination. Although the written assignments for the
Psychoanalytic Methodology course must be passed, and the passes confirmed by an
examination board, they do not contribute to the final assessment for the award
of the doctorate, which is based solely on the research thesis. (However,
applicants who pass the first year assessments but do not proceed to the thesis
may be eligible for an exit award of a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Research.)
The course will begin in October and registration will
be part-time for three years (or, if approved, for two years). Depending on the
student’s research experience, some applicants may be required to attend the
Centre’s two-day post-graduate introduction to research methods in Essex. This
is normally held in early November or mid February.
Year 1 seminars will be taught on a Friday
afternoon during the University terms. Individual supervision will need to
be negotiated with particular supervisors, but is likely to take place on
Wednesday or Friday.
In years 2 and 3 the ‘Research Workshops’ will take
place on a Friday afternoon. Individual supervision will need to be
negotiated with the particular supervisor, but is again likely to take place on
a Wednesday or Friday.
Throughout all years students will need to be able to
find time to carry out their research and their own personal study, and it is
strongly recommended that students allow a minimum of a day-and-a-half per week
(including Friday afternoon) in order to make this possible. Students are
required to visit the University at least once per academic year; this is most
likely to be during the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Research Student
Conference, usually held near the end of May.
The fee is £2725 inclusive per annum for 2011-12.
In addition, some students may wish to seek out additional clinical
supervision with an Associate Supervisor, as outlined above, and this would need
to be arranged at their own expense.
Rules of Assessment
1. The literature review and methodology assignments
must each be passed with a minimum grade of 50%. The introduction/research
proposal will be assessed on a pass/fail basis and must be passed. A pass in the
first year assessments acts as a gateway into the thesis research proper, but
does not contribute to the final assessment for the award of the doctorate.
2. However, applicants who pass the first year
assignments but do not proceed to the thesis may be eligible for an exit award
of a Certificate in Psychoanalytic Research.
3. The Research Students Progress Committee (RSPC)
will consider whether students have:
(a) passed both
(b) produced an
introduction/research proposal approved by the
4. The thesis is assessed in accordance with the
normal arrangements for a PhD. An internal and an external examiner are
appointed and a viva is held.
5. The rules of assessment applying to the first year
assignments and the Postgraduate Certificate exit award are the same as those
for Postgraduate Certificates generally. These can be found at:
Assessment and Progression
1. The Board of Examiners meets once per year, at the
end of June, to consider marks on the literature review and methodology
assignments, and related matters.
2. Research progress is assessed in the same way as
for a PhD student. A supervisory board and Research Students Progress Committee
will consider each student’s progress in each year of the scheme.
3. At the end of the minimum registration period,
students may: a) submit their thesis; b) ask for an extension of the minimum
period; c) ask to enter a completion period. The latter two options are
recommended by the supervisory board to the Research Students Progress Committee
and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School. To enter a completion period,
students must have passed the coursework assessments and have written a complete
draft of their thesis.
4. Examination of the thesis is the same as for a PhD.