Our Centre is recognised internationally as one of the leading centres for
work that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental health, as well
as in culture and society generally.
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Excellence in research and teaching
We foster creative new ways of looking at these areas and our
world-class research is evidence of this. Located within one of the best
faculty of social sciences in the UK, our Centre is surrounded by strong
departments that support our work. More than three-quarters of our research is
leading' or 'internationally
excellent' (REF 2014) and in the most recent
National Student Survey, we achieved 94% satisfaction.
Drawing on our research excellence, the Centre offers a wide range of
postgraduate courses and research opportunities
in both psychoanalytic and Jungian thought. At Essex you are taught and
supervised by senior clinicians and
Our students come from a wide variety of professional and educational
backgrounds. Many are working professionals who study with us to develop their
careers or to gain a better understanding of
the subject in order to become better practitioners in areas such as refugee care,
organisational dynamics, community, educational and social care, as well as psychotherapy.
Our graduates take their
expertise into practically every area of life, not just the psychotherapy
professions and continued academic work, but also the worlds of the arts,
business, education, journalism, philosophy, politics, religion, and social work
- wherever there is need for deeper awareness about the experiencing person and
the unconscious mind.
Learning and teaching
Our distinctive courses provide a pluralistic and non-sectarian environment,
in which various depth psychological models of the unconscious are critically
examined (especially Freudian, Jungian, and British Object Relations).
We have a thriving international community of about 80 students researching
for a PhD or
Professional Doctorate. In addition we offer experiential days and
residential short courses on working with
groups. We have strong links with the local National Health Service, care
services and professional institutions that allow students to keep up to date
with current trends.