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MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

Why we're great

  • Work with leading academics from across the spectrum of Jungian theory and practice
  • Work around your commitments – our modules are specifically timetabled with commuters in mind
  • We take an interdisciplinary approach with links to sociology, philosophy, literature and business

Course options2017-18

Duration: 1 year
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Psychoanalytic Studies
Fee (Home/EU): £7,200
Fee (International): £15,450
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Duration: 2 years
Start month: October
Location: Colchester Campus
Based in: Psychoanalytic Studies
Fee (Home/EU): £3,600
Fee (International): £7,725
Fees will increase for each academic year of study.
PGT fees information

Course enquiries

Telephone 01206 872719
Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk

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About the course

How can Jungian psychology explain historical events, culture and society? What are the possibilities and limitations of applying analytical psychology to various socio-cultural fields or topics?

Whether you are looking to train as a Jungian analyst or psychotherapist, or learn the skills to carry out research in a related area of analytical psychology, our unique and internationally acclaimed MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies will give you a deep academic grounding in Jungian and post-Jungian theory and practice.

Our course takes an informative, critical and reflective stance in relation to the key texts of Jung, the diverse contexts from which analytical psychology emerged, and the core concepts developed by Jung, post-Jungian scholars and clinicians. You explore clinical theory and applications in areas such as culture and gender studies, social and political theory, philosophy, myth and religion.

Our course is offered one year full-time or two years part-time, with modules specifically timetabled to enable those not local to the university to attend. Please note there is no distance-learning option.

Whether you continue to study for a PhD or go into work in a clinical or non-clinical setting, you will graduate from our leading Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies having been taught by a team of leading academics and analysts from across the spectrum of Jungian theory and practice.

Key texts of Jung

What do you know about Jung’s theories on myth? How do you position this writing within his work as a whole? And how did Jung deploy his psychological theories to critique science, religion and society? You examine key Jungian texts in depth, critically exploring and analysing his work and its application.

“All the lecturers have a high understanding of their fields, are inspiring, always available and very friendly. Everyone was happy to help from the very beginning so I found my feet here very easily.The campus is full of life. It has all the facilities you might need. My seminars were dynamic, highly informative and engaging at the same time."

Orsolya Lukács, MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies.

Our expert staff

Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading centres for work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching is deeply grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest standards of academic thinking are then applied.

The Centre consistently achieves top ten rankings in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. Being located within the UK’s leading university of the study of social sciences means you are surrounded by strong departments that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in their fields.

Specialist facilities

If you are studying within our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our extensive facilities to aid your learning and research. In particular, our Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic resources and major archives relevant to our work and, in addition, we have our own library of specialist books and journals.

We hold free evening Open Seminars on topics relevant to psychoanalysis which are open to students, staff and members of the public.

Your future

Our graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Many of our students are already professionals, clinical and non-clinical, so return to their existing fields, either in jobs or further training, and use study with us to deepen their understanding of their work.

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Example structure

Postgraduate study is the chance to take your education to the next level. The combination of compulsory and optional modules means our courses help you develop extensive knowledge in your chosen discipline, whilst providing plenty of freedom to pursue your own interests. Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field, therefore to ensure your course is as relevant and up-to-date as possible your core module structure may be subject to change.

For many of our courses you’ll have a wide range of optional modules to choose from – those listed in this example structure are, in many instances, just a selection of those available. Our Programme Specification gives more detail about the structure available to our current postgraduate students, including details of all optional modules.

Year 1

What interests you? Do you want to deepen your knowledge, build invaluable research skills and develop your academic freedom? Your dissertation lets you study a topic of your choosing, in depth, with supervision and guidance from our world-leading academics.

What do you know about Jung’s theories on myth? How do you position this writing within his work as a whole? And how did Jung deploy his psychological theories to critique science, religion and society? Examine key Jung texts in depth, critically exploring and analysing his work and its application.

What do you understand about Jung’s collaborative relationship with Freud? And about their divergence? Explore the historical, philosophical, cultural and religious background of analytical psychology. Focus on issues specific to Jung and how this led to developments in analytical psychology. Build your comparative and contextual view of the subject.

What are the central theoretical concepts of analytical psychology? How can these be located within critical, comparative and experiential perspectives? Answer such questions through group discussions of topics. Gain an understanding of the field of contemporary post-Jungian psychology and the relevant literature.

What political and social roles can psychotherapists employ? How does depth psychology assess “alternative economies”? Can you construct a multi-disciplinary approach to gender? Analyse the applicability of Jungian and post-Jungian thought through a range of problems in contemporary Western society. Evaluate current controversies regarding Jungian and post-Jungian psychology.

Teaching

  • Teaching takes place in relatively small seminars and fora, with a focus on group discussion
  • You also have a personal tutor who advises you about your work on an individual basis

Assessment

  • For most modules, assessment is by coursework only, typically an essay of between 3,000-5,000 words

Dissertation

  • You develop a dissertation of 12,000 words, in which you define and research into an area of special interest to you
  • We provide you with advice and guidance on researching and writing your dissertation
  • Your dissertation is submitted mid-September in your final year of study

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Qualifications

UK entry requirements

We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above, and those with requisite experience in the field on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the course director, Dr Kevin Lu, at: klu@essex.ac.uk.

International and EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Email pgadmit@essex.ac.uk for further details about the qualifications we accept. Include information in your email about the undergraduate qualification you have already completed or are currently taking.

IELTS entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum component score of 5.5

If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.

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Visit us

Open days

We hold postgraduate events in February/March and November, and open days for all our applicants throughout the year. Our Colchester Campus events are a great way to find out more about studying at Essex, and give you the chance to:

  • tour our campus and accommodation
  • find out answers to your questions about our courses, student finance, graduate employability, student support and more
  • meet our students and staff

If the dates of our organised events aren’t suitable for you, feel free to get in touch by emailing tours@essex.ac.uk and we’ll arrange an individual campus tour for you.

Virtual tours

If you live too far away to come to Essex (or have a busy lifestyle), no problem. Our 360 degree virtual tour allows you to explore the Colchester Campus from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

Exhibitions

Our staff travel the world to speak to people about the courses on offer at Essex. Take a look at our list of exhibition dates to see if we’ll be near you in the future.

Applying

You can apply for our postgraduate courses online. You’ll need to provide us with your academic qualifications, as well as supporting documents such as transcripts, English language qualifications and certificates. You can find a list of necessary documents online, but please note we won’t be able to process your application until we have everything we need.

There is no application deadline but we recommend that you apply before 1 July for our taught courses starting in October. We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

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