Masters courses

Our wide range of Masters enable you to get the most from our unique blend of academic and clinical expertise. They cover both the development and the current applications of psychoanalytic and Jungian thought, and also address how these can inform and deepen social and political enquiry. Some can form strong foundations for further clinical training, some relate more to philosophical, historical and theoretical explorations. Some are more directly linked to current and future work settings.

Having benefited from the personal and academic development the Centre offers, our MA alumni have gone on to become successful and eminent in a wide range of activities.

Most of our taught Masters courses can be studied either full- or part-time. You can read about the experiences of our students who have studied our Masters courses.

You may also be interested in our Graduate Diplomas and pre-Masters courses which provide pathway routes to our Masters courses.

  • MA Psychoanalytic Studies

    How has the notion of 'Freudian unconscious' shaped western culture and been transmitted around the world? How does the unconscious affect us individually and socially? Our MA Psychoanalytic Studies gives you a unique and fascinating way of exploring how the unconscious affects both individuals and societies and cultures.


  • MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies

    How can Jungian analytic psychology explain historical events, culture and society? What are the possibilities and limitations of applying analytical psychology to various socio-cultural fields or topics?

    Whether you are looking to train as a Jungian analyst or psychotherapist, or learn the skills to carry out research in a related area of analytical psychology, our unique course gives you a thorough academic grounding in Jungian and post-Jungian theory and practice.

    In this video, some of our students talk about their experience of the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies.



  • MA Psychodynamic Counselling

    Taught at our Colchester Campus, this course offers a professional qualification to work therapeutically with children and adolescents. You will gain a thorough theoretical and practical training, including a supervised placement. The course provides a direct career pathway to a professional counsellor or psychotherapist qualification.


  • MA Refugee Care

    Do you, or are you looking to, work with refugees, asylum seekers or other displaced groups of people? How can you care for these people more effectively? How can therapeutic dimensions of care and psychosocial perspectives help to understand the multi-dimensional complexities of the refugee experience? Our MA Refugee Care combines expertise from both our Centre and the Tavistock Centre to bring an innovative twin-site Masters in the study of refugee care.



    Our US-UK Fulbright Scholar, Javier Thompson, is studying for the MA Refugee Care. You can listen to his story:

  • PG Diploma / MA Management and Organisational Dynamics

    The contemporary organisation is characterised by complexity and change. Our unique courses in Management and Organisational Dynamics, offered jointly with Essex Business School, aims to equip you with powerful tools to support your development as a future leader, manager, organisational consultant, researcher or executive coach.

    In this video, Dr Chris Tanner gives us an overview of the MA Management and Organisational Dynamics course.




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How to apply

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PhD study

Postgraduate research study

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.