Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies


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, as we consider the many psychosocial factors which influence our lives. You're taught by 
our internationally-recognised experts, from a range of disciplines in depth psychology and psychosocial studies. Our professors and lecturers focus on theoretical, methodological and clinical thinking, whilst our clinicians and practitioners help people with mental health problems, social and emotional difficulties. We're educating the next generation of mental health, education and social care professionals, developing students with the critical and research skills necessary to contribute to society and bring about change.

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 social need.

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

Our courses

choose us?

Taught by recognised experts from depth psychology
88% of our graduates are in employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2022)
Essex is a centre of world-leading excellence for the social sciences (REF 2021)
Strong links with local NHS, education and care services and professional institutions
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Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873640