Psychosocial and psychoanalytic studies

Impatient to understand 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. Impatient to make a difference? Welcome to Essex. 

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.
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.
  • We have links with the Institute of Psychoanalysis, the Tavistock Institute, the Society for Analytical Psychology and the International Association for Jungian Studies.
  • 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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