Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies

Explore the unconscious dimensions of human behaviour.

Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies
You want to understand what makes people tick.

You’re fascinated by people and relationships. You want to explore the human psyche at its absolute core, the unconscious. At Essex we will help you understand human behaviour at its most basic level, exploring why so many people have emotional problems, and how this impacts on wider society. Most importantly though, we will arm you with the skills and confidence to positively impact people’s mental health in a variety of settings. 

Why study here?
  • Learn in small groups with expert academics and practitioners.
  • Our approachable staff have clinical as well as academic expertise and experience.
  • Many of our graduates go on to have careers that make a difference to people's health and lives.
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Bradley's story

"Studying psychoanalytic studies has definitely made me reflect more. It gives you the tool to stand back and go, hey, am I angry right now or is the other person actually annoying me? You tend to find out that it is more of a ‘me’ problem than a ‘you’ problem. Obviously I still make mistakes."

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How do unconscious factors affect our emotional and psychological lives, our relationships with others and society? What is the relation between inner fantasy and external reality?

Our courses on psychoanalytic studies, Jungian and post-Jungian studies, organisational dynamics, refugee care and psychodynamic counselling are taught by senior clinicians and internationally renowned academic researchers.

Why study here?
  • Our unique clinical and academic expertise informs our research-led teaching from world-class scholars.
  • Close ties with education, social care and health services ensures our courses are highly credible.
  • We have links with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Tavistock Institute, the Society for Analytical Psychology and the International Association for Jungian Studies.
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Pia's story

"So that’s my goal; to be a psychotherapist and to come home each day and know that someone is feeling better because of our conversation. Conversation is the key, the key for everything I believe."

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Our Centre has an active group of PhD students and Post-Doctoral Fellows who, in addition to our academic staff, provide a stimulating and congenial environment.
Why study here?
  • Our academic staff include professors of psychoanalysis and of Jungian psychology.
  • Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).
  • Our taught PhD Refugee Care is available if you are able to pursue independent research, but first need preparation through a taught component.
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Greta's story

"I studied everything at Essex, just different subjects. I did my undergraduate in Philosophy and Literature, and then I did my Masters in Psychoanalysis, and now my PHD in Psychoanalysis. Initially I was sort of lost between Philosophy and Psychology. To me, psychoanalysis stands as a combination between the two."

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Following the impact of the pandemic, we made changes to our teaching and assessment to ensure our current students could continue with their studies uninterrupted and safely. These changes included courses being taught through blended delivery, normally including some face-to-face teaching, online provision, or a combination of both across the year.

The teaching and assessment methods listed on each course page show what is currently planned for 2021 entry; changes may be necessary if, by the beginning of this course, we need to adapt the way we’re delivering them due to the external environment, and to allow you to continue to receive the best education possible safely and seamlessly.