Your postgraduate study at Essex gives you an opportunity to develop your own ideas and interests, and to engage with thinking at the leading edge of your subject, as part of the research community in our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, and our wider academic and professional community.
As you are studying a non-science subject, then your teaching mainly takes the form of lectures and classes.
Your assessment is a combination of written coursework, end-of-term tests, practical and laboratory work (where appropriate) and end-of-year exams. During the summer, you will work on a dissertation or individual project included in your final grade.
Teaching methods and styles
Within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, most teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion.
You also have a personal tutor and a dissertation supervisor, who advise you about your work on an individual basis and help you to develop improved capacities for structured independent study.
In our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, our Masters courses involve writing a dissertation of 12,000 words, in which you define and research into an area of special interest to you. Work on your dissertation is supported by regular research fora and by individual supervision.
Your dissertation needs to be submitted by mid-September in your final year of study.
Please note that if you are taking a Graduate or Postgraduate Diploma, you do not need to do the dissertation.
Methods of assessment
Within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, for most modules, assessment is by coursework only, typically an essay of between 3,000 and 5,000 words, depending on the length and credit-weighting of the module.
Seminars and conferences
Within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, we run an open seminar series that all our students can attend. We also hold an annual Research Conference in November and an annual Research Student Conference in late May/early June.