Department

Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies

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We're about what makes people tick

Why do we behave and think in certain ways? How do we develop and understand the world? What goes on deep down in our emotions, relationships and society as a whole?

At Essex, you study the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, culture and society. You're taught by internationally-recognised experts from a range of disciplines in depth psychology. Our professors focus on theoretical, methodological and clinical thinking, and our clinicians and practitioners help people with mental health problems. We're educating the next generation of mental health professionals.

Our close relationships with the National Health Service, education, care services and professional institutions ensure what you're taught is always relevant, up-to-date and responds to the needs of society.

So, if you're fascinated by human relationships and culture and want to dig deeper, welcome home.

Our courses

Why
choose us?

Taught by recognised experts from depth psychology
Over 90% of our Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic students expressed overall satisfaction with their course (NSS 2017).
Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014)
83% of our Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic students are in professional employment or postgraduate study within six months of graduating from Essex (DLHE 2016)
Strong links with the local National Health Service, education and care services and professional institutions
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Matt Ffytche
"Join our dynamic, world-leading department to study at the cutting edge of the mind, culture and society. Transform yourself and transform the world."
Dr Matt Ffytche Head, Department of psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies
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Our research

Our researchers are recognised internationally for their work in the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well as in culture and society generally, and we're top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities, THE 2014).

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Latest news
We’re recruiting new academics thanks to growth
13 Apr 2018
ESRC Festival of Social Science
29 Sep 2017
Essex moves into global top 300
05 Sep 2017
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Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873640