Postgraduate Course

MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

Overview

The details
Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies
October 2021
Full-time
1 year
Colchester Campus

Whether you are looking to improve your prospects of training 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.

By completing the MA course, you will develop key employability skills including thinking analytically, effective essay-writing, research methods in analytical psychology and a broader understanding of depth psychological thinking, applicable to clinical and academic work. Our course could lead you to study for a PhD in Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies/Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies or to work in clinical or non-clinical settings.

Topics covered on the course include:

  • The history of analytical psychology, including key contributions made by women
  • Intellectual precursors to, and influences on, Jung's psychology
  • Key Jungian and Post-Jungian texts
  • The role and place of mythology in Jung's thinking
  • Jung's psychology of religion
  • Central Jungian concepts, their clinical utility and their relevance in a contemporary context
  • The applicability of Jung's thought to other academic disciplines
  • The utility of Jung's psychology to understanding culture and society

Our Pre-Sessional course in ‘Basic Jungian Concepts’ allows you to start our MA course with a firm foundation in Jungian concepts.

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
THE Awards 2018 - Winner University of the Year

Our expert staff

Our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of the leading departments 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 Department 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 Department of Psychosocial and 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.

“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.

Entry requirements

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.

With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

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English language 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.

Additional Notes

The University uses academic selection criteria to determine an applicant’s ability to successfully complete a course at the University of Essex. Where appropriate, we may ask for specific information relating to previous modules studied or work experience.

Structure

Course structure

We offer a flexible course structure with a mixture of core/compulsory modules, and optional modules chosen from lists.

Our research-led teaching is continually evolving to address the latest challenges and breakthroughs in the field. The course content is therefore reviewed on an annual basis to ensure our courses remain up-to-date so modules listed are subject to change.

Teaching and learning disclaimer

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 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.

Components and modules explained

Components

Components are the blocks of study that make up your course. A component may have a set module which you must study, or a number of modules from which you can choose.

Each component has a status and carries a certain number of credits towards your qualification.

Status What this means
Core
You must take the set module for this component and you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Core with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component but you must pass. No failure can be permitted.
Compulsory
You must take the set module for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Compulsory with Options
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.
Optional
You can choose which module to study from the available options for this component. There may be limited opportunities to continue on the course/be eligible for the qualification if you fail.

The modules that are available for you to choose for each component will depend on several factors, including which modules you have chosen for other components, which modules you have completed in previous years of your course, and which term the module is taught in.

Modules

Modules are the individual units of study for your course. Each module has its own set of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and also carries a certain number of credits.

In most cases you will study one module per component, but in some cases you may need to study more than one module. For example, a 30-credit component may comprise of either one 30-credit module, or two 15-credit modules, depending on the options available.

Modules may be taught at different times of the year and by a different department or school to the one your course is primarily based in. You can find this information from the module code. For example, the module code HR100-4-FY means:

HR 100  4  FY

The department or school the module will be taught by.

In this example, the module would be taught by the Department of History.

The module number. 

The UK academic level of the module.

A standard undergraduate course will comprise of level 4, 5 and 6 modules - increasing as you progress through the course.

A standard postgraduate taught course will comprise of level 7 modules.

A postgraduate research degree is a level 8 qualification.

The term the module will be taught in.

  • AU: Autumn term
  • SP: Spring term
  • SU: Summer term
  • FY: Full year 
  • AP: Autumn and Spring terms
  • PS: Spring and Summer terms
  • AS: Autumn and Summer terms

COMPONENT 01: CORE

MA Dissertation
(60 CREDITS)

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.

View MA Dissertation on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 02: CORE

Key Concepts in Jungian and Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology
(15 CREDITS)

What are the central theoretical concepts of analytical psychology and how have these been developed by Post-Jungians? How can these ideas be located within critical, comparative and experiential perspectives? This module is taught by internationally recognised clinicians and will foster a deeper understanding of the psyche as it has emerged through the analytic encounter.

View Key Concepts in Jungian and Post-Jungian Analytical Psychology on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 03: CORE

Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology
(30 CREDITS)

What political and social roles can psychotherapists employ? How does depth psychology add value to a particular debate or discipline? 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 while evaluating current controversies regarding Jungian and post-Jungian psychology.

View Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 04: COMPULSORY

Key Texts of C G Jung
(30 CREDITS)

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 Jungian texts in depth, critically exploring and analysing his work and its application.

View Key Texts of C G Jung on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 05: COMPULSORY

Jung in Contexts: Historical, Philosophical, Cultural
(30 CREDITS)

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. This module focuses on issues specific to Jung and how this led to developments in analytical psychology, while building a comparative and contextual view of the subject.

View Jung in Contexts: Historical, Philosophical, Cultural on our Module Directory

COMPONENT 06: COMPULSORY

Research Skills and Methods in Depth Psychology
(15 CREDITS)

What research methods will you be using for your dissertation? What research skills do you want to improve? Develop your dissertation ideas with support from our expert staff. Build your research skills and receive guidance on best practice in academic writing before starting work on your dissertation.

View Research Skills and Methods in Depth Psychology on our Module Directory

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 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

Fees and funding

Home/UK fee

£8,760

Students will incur travel costs during field trip visits to the Society of Analytical Psychology and the Wellcome Library.

International fee

£18,800

Students will incur travel costs during field trip visits to the Society of Analytical Psychology and the Wellcome Library. EU students commencing their course in the 2021-22 academic year will be liable for the International fee.

Fees will increase for each academic year of study.

What's next

Open Days

We hold 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.

2021 Open Days (Colchester Campus)

  • Saturday, September 18, 2021
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021

Applying

You can apply for this postgraduate course online. Before you apply, please check our information about necessary documents that we’ll ask you to provide as part of your application.

We aim to respond to applications within two weeks. If we are able to offer you a place, you will be contacted via email.

For information on our deadline to apply for this course, please see our ‘how to apply’ information.

Colchester Campus

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The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.

 

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