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PG funding

Postgraduate funding

We offer scholarships and bursaries to talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University of Essex scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations.


To apply to study the Foundation degree Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations, you need to make your application directly to our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies (not through UCAS). For further information or to apply please contact our Student Administrator (Undergraduate).

To apply to study BA Psychoanalytic Studies, BA Sociology with Psychosocial Studies and BA Therapeutic Care please make your application through UCAS.

  • For further information or to apply please contact us.


Pre-sessional courses

Please contact us to apply for one of our pre-sessional courses.

Graduate Diplomas, Masters and PhD courses

Applications for Graduate Diplomas, Masters and PhD courses are made online. You will need to send us additional documentation, depending on your circumstances, so please read the course information carefully as we won't be able to process your application until we've received the completed documents. Once you have received an offer you can then apply for funding.

If you would like more information about any of our courses before making your application, please contact us.

Please note: Students for doctoral research are initially registered for an MPhil, but are upgraded to PhD status, normally in the second year, as long as your work is of a sufficient standard to continue at doctoral level.

Professional Doctorates

Please submit your CV to giving full details of clinical training and experience, and a brief outline (approximately 300 words) of your potential research topic using our enquiry form (.docx). The final, full application will require:

  • submission of a 2,000-word research proposal
  • completion of an application form, together with certificates, references, and evidence of registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council, the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis or the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • an interview

You are advised to submit your brief outline proposal as early as possible (no later than end of May) to allow time to develop your full proposal and application in consultation with the Director of Graduate Studies or a prospective supervisor.

Continuing Professional Development

For further information or to apply please contact our Student Administrator (undergraduate and CPD courses).

Undergraduate funding

Scholarships and bursaries

We offer scholarships and bursaries to support talented undergraduates, which have been developed to ensure we remain accessible to all our students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their financial circumstances.

Open days

Book a place at one of our open days to see for yourself what we offer. Academic and support staff will be available to answer your questions, while a campus tour with our current students allows you to view our facilities and accommodation.

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Centre for Psychoanalytics Studies videos

Watch our videos and find out more about our teaching, the modules we offer and the research we undertake at our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies.

News and events

Our news and events section contains the latest information about our research, publications and conferences, as well as the activities of our staff and students.