Study with us
Proficio is our innovative doctoral training scheme. Our University gives you funding to spend on
a variety of courses, from research skills to personal development and career management.
Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is internationally recognised as one of
the leading centres that focuses on the role of the unconscious mind in mental
health, as well as in culture and society generally. Our research and teaching
is grounded in knowledge deriving from clinical practice, to which our highest
standards of academic thinking are then applied.
The Centre enjoys an outstanding reputation for
and consistently achieves top ten rankings for
research quality in the UK's research assessments, most recently in the 2014
Research Excellence Framework. We also achieved a 94% student satisfaction rate
in the most recent National Student Survey 2016.
Being located within one of the UK's leading
universities for social sciences means we are surrounded by strong departments
that fully support and enhance our work. This allows you to gain the opportunity
to work with and be taught by senior clinicians and world-class scholars in
Postgraduate taught courses
Our graduate diplomas, pre-Masters
and Masters courses
have consistently achieved excellent student satisfaction ratings and our
students' feedback is testimony to this. Our Centre offers a lively and
friendly learning environment, with most teaching taking place in small seminars
and fora, with a focus on group discussion.
Postgraduate Student Satisfaction Survey results
Postgraduate research courses
Our Centre offers a number of routes to study at doctoral level, including
PhD by research (including non-UK students), a taught
PhD in Refugee Care and Professional Doctorates.
Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in
depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding,
through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate
knowledge. You will develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional
development and build new networks.
There are a number of funding
opportunities available to postgraduate research students both from the
University and the Centre. Our Centre is part of the ESRC (Economic and Social
Research Council) Doctoral Training Centre that offers a
total of 16 fully-funded studentships to postgraduate students. The
University of Essex Doctoral Scholarship supports Home, EU and Overseas
students to study at our University.
In our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies, you will have access to our
extensive facilities to aid your learning
and research. In particular, our
Albert Sloman Library is well stocked with books, journals, electronic
resources and major archives relevant to our work. In addition, we have our own
library of specialist books and
journals. Our strong connections to the local NHS and other organisations
facilitate placements and institutional observations for our students.
Our MA courses offer in-depth study of a range of specialisms including psychoanalytics, Jungian and post-Jungian studies and refugee care,
and are an excellent preparation for PhD study.
How to apply
Find out more about how to apply for a course at the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies. We can provide
help and advice, and guide you through the application process.
Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be
available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.
By undertaking PhD study at Essex, you will become a member of an exciting and active research community, and benefit from the expert supervision of
our internationally recognised staff.