Department

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 
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

Why
choose us?

University of the Year (Times Higher Education Awards 2018)
Taught by recognised experts from depth psychology
Participative teaching - we want to hear your stories and look at how you see the world
Top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014, mainstream universities)
Strong links with the local National Health Service, education and care services and professional institutions
UoTY winners 2018
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"Study, learn and grow in an enabling academic environment where the psychoanalytic and psychosocial questions we explore together can provide the means to change the world we live in. Join us and grow with us."
Dr Chris Nicholson 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).

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Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873640