Graduate profiles

Read the experiences of our former students and find out about some of the wide variety of career paths our graduates followed after leaving the University.

MA Psychoanalytic Studies

  • Jiajia Wu

    Jaijai Wu

    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    Maybe two things: one is I’m interested in psychoanalysis, and there is a centre for it at Essex which made me think the academic atmosphere would be good. The other one is that it is near London, but the cost of living is much cheaper than London.

    Which modules did you enjoy and why?
    I liked PA901 for theory best! Because it helped me know and understand theories systematically.

    What professor was really helpful or inspiring and why?
    There are many professors, but the one I want to mention here is Karl Figlio. I think Karl always can explain the theory in a very simple and systematic way, with many examples and using everyday language.

    Since completing my MA studies, I attended six workshops of "The work of D.W. Winnicott" hosted by the British Psychotherapy Foundation, as I developed a particular interest on Winnicott's theory during my studies in CPS.

    In relation to my research topic about suicidal mind, I also trained to be a listener at Samaritans, where I also do volunteer work.

  • Fernando Sepulveda

    Fernando Sepulveda

    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    What attracted me the most was the course program, I am interested in psychoanalysis as a clinical theory, but also as a theory that can help understand and provide solutions to many social problems, so this program fitted perfectly with my interests. I was also attracted by the teaching methodology, in my experience, small student seminars that promote discussion, are the best approach to complex and challenging knowledge.

    How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
    I really enjoyed studying here; I would highlight the library and the international atmosphere. The library is a very nice place to study and do research, there is a very vast and interesting catalogue, and the view is great! On one side you have the lake and Wivenhoe Park and on the other side a very nice view to Colchester town.

    The cultural diversity within the University is also very interesting, it is very easy to meet and become friends with people from different parts of the world. Meeting people from different countries and learning about their different traditions and ways of thinking was a very important part of my experience.

    Which modules did you enjoy and why?
    I really enjoyed reading about history, so the module Freud in Context was very interesting; it helped me understand more deeply the cultural and historical context that enabled Freud to develop his theoretical framework. In general, something that I really enjoyed and I think is very helpful for learning is the diversity of seminar leaders, the different and sometimes contrasting perspectives certainly enriches the course.

    What do you think of the Centre?
    The Centre is very helpful, from the beginning they make you feel welcome. Staff are always available for any concern or necessity students may have. I thought it was very nice that they organize coffee mornings where you can relate to staff in a more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Marina Christoforidou

    I enrolled at the MA programme because of its reputation in the field of psychoanalysis. Before applying for the MA at the University of Essex, I had a degree in nursing and in psychology both from the University of Athens.

    During my studies I had the chance to study in depth essential psychoanalytic concepts, but furthermore I was motivated to think critically and innovatively. I interacted with leading professors who were sources of inspiration and academic stimulation. They allowed me to create my personal scientific stance while offering me a secure environment.

    In practical terms, the MA degree proved to be a vital qualification in order to pursue my career as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist. At the moment I am training to be an adult psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the British Association of Psychotherapists, which will hopefully lead to a professional doctorate. Alongside my training I work as a family support worker at the Children and Family Court advisory and Support Services (Cafcass) and before that I worked for a year in a residential school with challenging youngsters.

  • Vassiliki Simmoglou

    Vassiliki studied psychology in Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France and also received her graduate degree (DEA) in human psychology and psychopathology from the same institution. She has been working as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist with adults in Greece.

    She also currently works as a lecturer and coordinator of the Psychological Sciences Department of the University of Indianapolis, Athens Campus. Ms Simoglou particularly specializes in the field of femininity and motherhood and is also currently the psychologist in charge of the psychological support programme of the leading gynaecology and infertility EmBIO medical centre in Athens.

  • Maria Eugenia

    Maria Eugenia

    A highlight of the course is the high academic standards and the opportunity to work in small groups of students, allowing the exchange of experiences and the debate in the seminars. Additionally the open seminars offered by the Centre were a great opportunity to listen to a range of research works from different perspectives.

    I am working as a psychotherapist in Uruguay in therapeutic communities with clients with severe and persistent mental health issues and drug abuse.

    I am also enrolled in a PhD programme with scholarship in Psychology since 2011 at the Uruguayan Catholic University.

  • Lucy Huskinson

    Lucy studied the MA Psychoanalytic Studies before continuing to research for a PhD (in the School of Philosophy and Art History at the University of Essex), with co-supervision from Dr Roderick Main in the Centre on the ideas of C.G.Jung in relation to those of the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. After research fellowships at Monash University and La Trobe University in Australia, Lucy became a full-time, permanent lecturer of philosophy and psychology of religion at Bangor University, UK.

    She has published widely on Jungian theory, and continues to research in this area with an emphasis on the relation between theories of Jung and object relations. She is currently associate editor of the International Journal for Jungian Studies, a fellow of the Centre, supervisor to PhD studies in depth psychology, and lectures on Freudian and Jungian interpretations of religious belief and experience.

  • Christiana Gregoriou

    I graduated in 2005 with a degree in psychology. During that time I also volunteered as a counsellor-observer in an organization that provided group counselling to the families of people with addiction issues. In 2005-06 I participated in a course that included training in counselling techniques, the role of the counsellor and counselling theoretical background. My goal was to gain a good theoretical background and work in private practice as a psychotherapist. For my first MA I chose Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex that was highly recommended by numerous psychoanalytic psychotherapists in Cyprus.

    The course I took at Essex was by far the most interesting academic experience for me. The fact that the number of students participating was relatively small enabled us to get involved in very interesting discussions during the classes. The course helped me gain great knowledge regarding psychoanalytic theory and thought.

    My professors at Essex were truly extraordinary people (and I am not just saying that). They helped me make my own decisions think for myself and be confident in what I know and what I do. They were there for me even after the end of the course and some of them still are. Moreover lectures with the Refugee Care department and the Jungian department provided me with a new perspective on psychoanalysis and its link with philosophy, social psychology and literature. It is difficult for me to describe the exciting time I had at Essex. My degree from Essex and the knowledge gained through it ensured my participation in my next course, Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.

    Currently I live in Cyprus and I work as a psychotherapist in private practice. My degree at Essex influenced me greatly and amplified my passion for psychoanalysis. So for the past two years I have been participating in a psychoanalytic psychotherapy course in Cyprus, and I will do so for the next four years.

    My experience at Essex was so insightful that my next goal is to begin a PhD in psychoanalysis, hopefully with one of my former professors from Essex as my supervisor.

    The MA Psychoanalytic Studies was a wonderful journey for me and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in human nature, the complicity of the human mind and psyche and who wants to gain sufficient knowledge of the psychoanalytic theory and context.

    A special thanks to my former tutor and supervisor Professor Hinshelwood for his support throughout my studies.

MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

  • Orsolya Lukács

    Orsolya Lukács

    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    As far as I know, there are only two universities in Europe which offer academic degrees in Jungian studies. I choose the University of Essex because of its good reputation and because the lecturers at the Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies.

    How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
    The campus is full of life. It has all the facilities you might need. I enjoyed studying here and taking part in all the events offered by the Centre. Everyone was happy to help us from the very beginning so I found my feet here very easily.

    Which lecturer was really helpful or inspiring and why?
    All the lecturers have a high understanding of their fields, are inspiring, always available and very friendly.

    Which modules did you enjoy and why?
    I can't say that I have a favourite seminar, I loved all four. Key Texts and Context - with Key Texts we looked closely at Jung's writings, with Context we located him among his contemporary scientists, philosophers, psychologists, political currents, artists, etc. It was really helpful. For Key Concepts we had different analysts coming even from France, for example. You can get a lot of perspectives and you can meet a lot of people. Applications had different interdisciplinary themes, with different lecturers again. All four modules offered insight into Jungian theories and help working with them.

    What did you think of your Centre?
    I greatly enjoyed the course and I am happy that I choose the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies at Centre of Psychoanalytic Studies. I found the course quality to be of a very high level. The seminars were dynamic, highly informative and engaging at the same time. The administration team were always available and very friendly. It was like a big family.

  • Alina Croitoru

    Alina Croitoru

    Why did you choose to study at the University?

    I’ve always been interested in Jung and analytical psychology, so I felt like finding out more about the man whose writings shaped my life and personality during my youth. Two years ago my knowledge of post-Jungian literature was quite limited and I also wanted to learn more about this growing field of scholarship. I would say I knew what I wanted and, on top of that, I also had friends who studied here and were very happy about their academic achievements and experiences. Therefore, choosing the University of Essex was a smart and easy decision to make.

    How have you found settling into university life at Essex (both socially and academically)?

    Having studied abroad before, I wasn’t scared of the idea of moving to a new country, meeting new people and finding my own path. Things happened pretty much as expected and I would say they are still happening because some of the people that I met here, I am happy to call my friends. I think it was the lecturers and my colleagues that made me enjoy this programme even more than expected. It doesn’t just feel like learning about something I wanted to get a degree in, it felt like learning about myself as well. And all this was possible because communication was encouraged at all levels, in the seminar room and outside of it. I gained more than theoretical knowledge -- I gained friends I can trust when it comes to insightful discussion, be that on the problem of Jung and society or, as simple as where to go on a Friday evening.

    Which modules do you enjoy and why?

    My favourite module was PA974, Selected Applications of Analytical Psychology. I learned how to connect Jungian concepts and ideas with real life situations. I came to understand that Jungian psychology has changed a lot in 100 years, but the core ideas will probably never die. Applying a Jungian framework to social, political or cultural phenomena made me realise how complex Jungian psychology is and how much more I have to learn about it. I was also happy to use my knowledge from other fields, e.g. communication science, and it is great to see that a multidisciplinary approach is truly encouraged within the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. We had different lecturers for each seminar on PA974, experts in their field (psychotherapy, film studies, politics etc), which helped me gain a broader perspective on a large variety of subjects where Jungian psychology can be of use.

    Do you think any of your modules will be particularly useful with a future career?

    I believe all the modules will be helpful in my career because this programme shaped my way of thinking. I was already a very analytical person, and this has been thoroughly enhanced, both in terms of Jungian theory and clinical practice. I feel a lot more organised; have stronger clarity of mind and, after reading so many things, I am more confident when it comes to my academic pursuits and career plans.

    Has coming to Essex helped you to decide what you want to do in your future?

    It definitely did. When I came here I wasn’t sure whether I should pursue psychotherapeutic training or an academic path . Now I feel like I want both of them, but not at the same time. So, I’ll start with a PhD and, as I get older and wiser, I am going to train as a psychotherapist too. I am happy I didn’t have to make a single choice.

    Have you utilised the Careers Centre?

    I utilised the Careers Centre in the second year of my Master’s. They are very helpful. My impression is that this university wants to ensure that you not only get a degree, but also extra-tools to use when out there and ‘hunting’ for a real job. I was very pleased with the Careers Centre and I wish more universities had this strategy of helping students understand that it isn't all about your degree, it is also about what to do with it – and with yourself - afterwards.

    Do you have a part-time job, is this relevant to your degree/ future career path?

    I had a few part-time jobs, including two positions in the Centre. I am currently the audio-video assistant for the CPS and I enjoy it very much. As I have a background in journalism, a part of me will always feel good utilising my communication skills in my work. I was a frontrunner research assistant last year, and that was extremely helpful for me, both as a future PhD candidate (I got to work with and meet some PhD students) and as a future professional (working with CPS staff and learning from them).

    What is your fondest memory of your time at Essex so far?

    I would say my fondest memory is one from the first year, when I went to Wellcome Library with Dr Kevin Lu and my MA cohort. We all met in London and had a tour of the library, we got to see some of Jung’s letters, touch them (and even take selfies with them!). We found out more about archival work and what we should do if interested in properly researching Jung’s life and writings. After that, some of my colleagues and I spent the afternoon in London, having a nice time and getting to know each other better.

    Finally, what is your single top tip for new students?

    Start working on your projects early, but make sure you have enough time to discover that life at Essex is so much more than just completing your readings!

  • Geoffrey Rose

    I became interested in the course in Jung and post-Jungian studies at Essex after discovering Jung's work during an introductory course in counselling. The course at Essex is the best course that I have taken to date; it helped to cultivate my thinking about Jung and the Post-Jungians by providing me with a comprehensive range of literature to study and by creating an environment in which significant, and often challenging issues could be talked about and debated in an open way.

    Of particular note is the fantastic range of staff that are brought together to teach on the course, not only is the course run, taught and tutored by three leading figures in the field but many more are introduced during the third module in which you learn to analyse the extent to which Jungian thinking has been and can be married with other fields (e.g. literature, work with refugees, systemic work, film studies, gender studies etc).

    I am currently working in the NHS in an IAPT team, I am also working voluntarily with an NHS counselling team and am training in psychodynamic counselling. The Essex course has provided me with a sound foundation for my future work and studies and, more importantly, has provided fuel for inspiration which will burn on for many years to come.

    I cannot recommend this course enough to you.

  • Steve Myers

     

    I run a management consultancySteve Myers and website that uses Jung's theory of psychological types in personal, team, and leadership development, and also in helping people make a better career choice.

    The MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies course was very varied, hard work, but enjoyable. It provided a broad foundation in all the main aspects of analytical psychology. The course has helped improve the quality of the tools/products I've been developing (which has become my primary focus).

    I have continued to study at the centre, and am now undertaking a PhD which will also have practical applications in my business and website development.

MA Refugee Care

  • Emma Selwood (UK)

    I wanted to study the MA in Refugee Care because it provided the opportunity to develop practical and theoretical knowledge and skills for working with refugees and asylum seekers. Academically we were encouraged and able to draw on a wide range of theoretical orientations, with excellent access to literature and experts in the field. This was reinforced by practical experience through excellent well supported placements and reflective practice. The diversity of skills and experience of my fellow students significantly enhanced the experience and we were able to learn so much from each other. Since finishing the course I have gone on to do my training in Clinical Psychology and have found the focus on reflective and systemic approaches, and psychodynamic processes invaluable in my work. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in working in this area.

  • Anette Kyvik (Norway)

    Why did you choose to study at the University?

    After thorough research of programs around the world, I chose the MA in Refugee Care at the University of Essex for its unique combination of theory and practice. This academically challenging program taught me to look beyond the label ‘refugee’ to gain a greater awareness of refugees’ resources and coping skills. I particularly valued the placement component of the program, during which I worked as a therapeutic caseworker at the Refugee Council in London. The opportunity to do such meaningful work complements the theoretical aspect of the program, and distinguishes the MA in Refugee Care from other refugee programs. I currently work as a refugee advisor in Norway, providing ongoing support to newly settled refugees and facilitating their integration. I actively use the psychosocial awareness I developed through the MA in Refugee Care, and it constantly reminds me to meet each refugee as a unique, resourceful individual with a complex story. Equally important, the program taught me to be self-reflective and mindful of how my personal values and assumptions might impact my interactions with people in vulnerable situations. In this way, the MA in Refugee Care was both professionally and personally rewarding: it challenged me to identify and question my own beliefs, assumptions and reactions in order to better know myself and better carry out my work with refugees. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is passionate about refugee issues, and particularly those who are interested in gaining a holistic understanding of themselves and vulnerable people.

  • Giulia Zucca (Italy)

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    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    I decided for the MA in Refugee Care at the University of Essex because it is a really unique course. The interdisciplinary nature of this course makes it suitable for people coming from very different careers. Given my clinical background, I am mostly interested in the psychological side of the refugee phenomenon. Yet, I am quite aware that an exclusively psychological approach would not be enough to understand the multidimensional nature of this phenomenon, and it is right that the course emphasises the interdisciplinary perspective that tackles the need for epistemological complexity. The academic environment is simply excellent and I feel truly honoured to be part of such a lively and intellectually stimulating place.

    What did you enjoy about the course and why?
    I really enjoyed the interactional quality of the seminars I attended during the first year of my taught PhD programme. Our opinion as students was really considered and we got a real chance to deepen our knowledge through the collaboration with internationally-recognised academics and practitioners.

  • Zuhura Mahamed (Somalia)

    Prior to undertaking the MA in Refugee Care, I had experience working with refugee and asylum seekers, but I was looking for relevant research and a theoretical framework to make my work with refugees more evidence-based. The course appealed to me for this reason and, indeed, I developed a wide range of knowledge and skills relevant to working with refugees. Overall, the course was a great experience. I particularly enjoyed the teaching from a range of guest lecturers, who were all experts in a range of clinically and social relevant fields. On completion of the course, I was successful in obtaining work with an international organization. I would not have been able to do this job without the excellent preparation in working with refugees and asylum seekers that the MA course provides. I have since gone on to train as a clinical psychologist and I believe the MA has been invaluable for the work that I do now with all vulnerable groups. I recommend this MA to anyone who is interested in working in this field as the course equips you with both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills required to work successfully with all vulnerable groups, not only refugees and asylum seekers.

  • Smaranda Bendela (Romania)

    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    The MA in Refugee Care was a great opportunity to meet and learn together with incredibly wonderful people, from the staff of Essex University and the prestigious Tavistock Centre in London, to colleagues from very diverse backgrounds and countries. I particularly appreciated the emphasis on professionally supervised clinical placements specialised in working with refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world. It gave me the opportunity to apply theories presented during various courses into practice and discuss them with experienced practitioners. I found the psychosocial approach to this type of work extremely interesting, as it broadened my therapeutic perspective on working with people from different cultural backgrounds and highly enriched my previous experience.

    What did you enjoy about the course and why?
    The course staff were extremely helpful in assisting us for the duration of the course and during this Master programme I have had the privilege to work with famous refugee organisations such as the British Refugee Council. Professor Renos Papadopoulos, the director of the programme, engaged personally and actively in students’ guidance, offering them support and constructive feedback. This support did not end once the MA course finished, he has been extremely helpful and patient in providing further assistance over the years with regard to future professional endeavours.

  • Nicky Phelps (USA)

    Nicky Phelps

    Why did you choose to study at the University?
    My ultimate career goal is to work with refugee children and provide therapeutic services. When I was researching graduate courses I came across the MA Refugee Care offered at the University of Essex. This course was different from any other refugee studies programmes that I have seen. It focused on the essential issues relating to refugees and the refugee experience, as well as emphasising therapeutic practices.

    How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
    From the first day on campus I managed to meet a lot of graduate students from various majors. I am very much enjoying the social experience at the University. There are places to meet friends on campus and you can easily go into town.

    Which modules did you enjoy and why?
    The classes that I appreciated most were my modules called Contexts of the Refugee Experience and the Therapeutic Care of Refugees. I enjoyed these modules because the topics were different from one week to the next, and each was highly interesting and brings about unique discussions. Also, for one module we went to the Tavistock Clinic in London. This was a worthwhile experience because we were able to branch out beyond the Essex campus and learn in a worldwide recognised facility by professionals working in the refugee field.

    Were any of your modules particularly useful for your career?
    I strongly believe that my module the Therapeutic Care of Refugees was the most essential and enlightening of all of my modules. We learned so much from this class and I believe it has helped me tremendously. I now have a clearer understanding of how to work in therapeutic settings with refugees which will aid me in my future career specialising working with this group.

  • Takis Chaldaios (Greece)

    Before the course I was working in Greece. The organisation I'm still working for KETHEA (Therapy Centre for Dependent Individuals) and it is located in Athens. My job is to support people who at the same time are refugees or immigrants and drug users. I work as a therapeutic consultant.

    I found that there was a course at Essex five years ago, when Renos Papadopoulos was invited for a seminar by my organisation. I took part in this seminar and I had the chance to hear about the course.

    The MA Refugee Care helped me to connect my work with the relevant theory. It made it possible to me to relate five years of experience in the field that I already had with the theoretical frame of psychosocial support for refugees. It also gave me the opportunity to become familiar with other professionals through my placement at the Refugee Council. I returned to my work with much more experience and knowledge. It also helped me to compose a PhD proposal that was accepted recently by the University of Essex.

  • Taught Doctorate Refugee Care

    • Monica Luci

      Why did you choose to study at the University of Essex?
      When I decided to study at CPS, I was already working as a psychologist with refugees in an outpatient service for post-traumatic stress in a large hospital in Rome. However, I was looking for new professional skills but also helpful insights into that work, a new perspective from which to reconsider my work experience. At the time I was also a Jungian trainee at the Italian Association for Analytical Psychology in Rome and supposed that CPS might be a good place to develop my professional career because of this unique combination of my two main fields of interest: the clinical work with refugees and Analytical Psychology.

      How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
      I found the University services very easily accessible. In particular, the services assisting students are excellent, as well as the availability of staff to solve students’ problems. My favourite place in the University was the library; it’s such a wonderful, peaceful and beautiful place with its very rich book collections. For study, work and social reasons, I commuted a lot between Colchester and London, which was feasible given the position of Essex, and my participation to university life mostly regarded classes and cultural events. I also had the chance to meet and develop connections with many people from all around the world and I can say that life at Essex offers a lot of stimulating occasions for meeting, thinking and discussing.

      Which modules did you enjoy and why?
      I find it difficult to choose a particular module from the MA Refugee Care because the entire program is well balanced and offers a unique blend of courses. However, if I have to, I would say that I particularly enjoyed Contexts of the Refugee Experience and Therapeutic Care for Refugees which were crucial to my profession. I appreciated them for the variety of topics covered and the number of perspectives offered. This peculiar feature (a view from multiple angles) truly enlarged my own perspective. The formula of placements is brilliant. It offered me the chance to get in contact with the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture (now Freedom from Torture) and to know the working methods of well reputed colleagues in the care of refugees and asylum seekers who were victims of torture, which is my field of work.

      Were any of your modules particularly useful for your career?
      My career benefited from the opportunity I had during my PhD to combine psychological and legal issues in the work with refugees. At that time, there was not a module like ‘Psycho-social Perspectives on Human Rights’; on the contrary, this subject was just a small part of the teaching program. Thanks to Renos Papadopoulos’ guidance, I explored this interdisciplinary field and the result was simply wonderful. Not only has that research been published by a renowned publishing house, which is a great result in itself, but I am leading new research that combines legal and psychological aspects in Italy within a transnational project. I would never have been involved in such a project without that research experience, and without engaging with issues very far from my background education in psychology.

      What are you doing now?
      At present, I am working as psychologist, psychotherapist and researcher at the Italian Council for Refugees in Rome (ICR). As you may know, in recent years Italy has been receiving many asylum seekers at our coasts. In particular, I am working at the ICR main office as a clinician with asylum seekers and beneficiaries of international protection who have been severely traumatized. In particular, I am carrying out interviews, psychological assessments and treatments of victims of torture and other war violence in our clinic. This is done in the context of a wider psycho-social and legal perspective and interdisciplinary work, dealing with their asylum applications, social assistance and attending to their medical and psychological needs. I am also conducting research in this field, leading a transnational research projects on victims of torture and violence, and contributing together with other European trauma experts to develop a new methods of working with survivors that promotes their empowerment. Finally, I can say that at this point of my career I am feeling very satisfied and happy with my profession. My educational and research experience at CPS was a crucial step in this.

    MA Management and Organisational Dynamics

    • Janne Lillenes

      Janne Lillenes

      Why did you choose to study at the University?
      I chose Essex because I liked the course, as well as its proximity to London.

      How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
      It was great. I found friends that I hope I will be able to keep for the rest of my life. Academically, I felt that my ideas were challenged and that I was able to challenge the ideas presented by my teachers.

      What professor was really helpful or inspiring and why?
      My supervisor Chris Tanner was always helpful and his ideas are fascinating. I would also like to say that Mike Scott at the Centre and Kathleen Riach, former teacher at the business school, have taught me very much.

      Which modules did you enjoy and why?
      I enjoyed my Groups and Organisation seminar because it brought forward new ideas about organisations. This seminar helped me think differently about my modules at the business school.

      What do you think of the Centre?
      Very helpful, and in my opinion very good at setting up lectures and seminars, which gives the students an excellent opportunity to interact with the Centre.

    • Maria Papantoniou

      Maria Papantoniou

      Why did you choose to study at the University?
      I chose University of Essex because it is high ranked and it offered me an interesting joint course. In addition to this, Colchester is really close to London.

      How did you find settling into university life at Essex?
      It is a quite friendly campus so I found it easy to meet people and make new friends. All the people from the Centre were more than willing to help me with everything throughout the academic year.

      What professor was really helpful or inspiring and why?
      Chris Tanner and Mike Scott were helpful and always willing to challenge my ideas and teach me new things. Moreover, as MA Management and Organisational Dynamics is a joint degree with Business School, I had strong support from EBS lecturers such as Marjana Johansson and Casper Hoedemaekers.

      Which modules did you enjoy and why?
      I enjoyed Groups and Organisation module because it combines theory about organisations with actual observation of them. I also enjoyed the joint seminar in management and psychoanalysis as it consists of interesting seminars in which psychoanalytic ideas are linked to contemporary management theories.

      What do you think of the Centre?
      I think it is very helpful and it organizes the seminars and the lectures very well. There is always an attempt for improvement by listening to students’ opinions as well. At the end of my course I felt I fulfilled all the expectations I had when I came here.

    • Aanka Batta

      Before joining the MA Management and Organisational Dynamics, I had completed my Bachelors in Economics and Management in India. I have always had an interest in why people behave the way they do in groups and in organizations, and although my undergraduate degree helped me see the effects of their behaviour, it could not help me identify the cause.

      The Masters degree at the Centre offered that. It assisted me with many concepts and interpretations that could identify the unconscious dynamics in groups and I am now pursuing PhD studies, combining the two fields of management and psychoanalysis. I receive consistent supervision and encouragement from the Centre to further develop these ideas keeping in mind a strong psychoanalytic perspective.

    • Graduate Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling

      • Rachel Phillippo-Green

        Rachel Phillippo-Green

        Why did you choose to study at the University?
        I chose to study at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies at Essex because its reputation was so impressive and I was very keen to learn from leading scholars in the field. The course itself offered me a stepping-stone between my previous studies in the field of psychodynamic counselling ten years ago with a clinical counselling qualification. I wanted the opportunity to revisit psychodynamic ideas and skills whilst further developing my understanding of the core concepts.

        What aspects of the course did you enjoy the most?
        The Graduate Diploma is a fantastic way of broadening your academic understanding of the key concepts that underpin therapeutic work, whilst developing your own self-awareness, challenging previously accepted norms of behaviour and emotional response. The Group Relations Conference weekend was a powerful learning tool and I learned such a lot about my role as a group member from this experience, and the pervading nature of group dynamics. This combined with the group dynamics module were particularly enlightening for me. I also gained a huge amount from the case study module in which each student observes a child for a number of weeks, culminating in a more extensive written piece linking observation with theory.

        What are your plans for the future?
        My aim during the Graduate Diploma was to proceed onto the MA Psychodynamic Counselling course (which I have done) with a view to gaining the clinical qualification for child and adolescent counselling. Alongside this, I also wish to continue my academic career with further research and writing in the field of psychoanalysis.