Pre-Masters courses

Our Graduate Diplomas provide an entry route onto one of our postgraduate courses and are designed to help you develop the necessary academic skills, knowledge and language proficiency to enable you to successfully progress to postgraduate study.

Graduate Diplomas

Pre-sessional courses

We offer a series of pre-sessional courses designed to provide an introduction to our postgraduate courses, or as free-standing introductory courses.

  • Psychodynamic Thinking for Child and Adolescent Work - 31 July to 4 August 2017

    This intensive week is designed to introduce those working with children and adolescents to the essentials of the psychodynamic approach. It will give you a foundation in psychodynamic thinking.

    • 31 July - 4 August 2017
    • Colchester Campus, University of Essex
    • Fee £400

    Book a place via the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Webshop

  • Basic Jungian Concepts - 25 to 29 September 2017

    This is a series of face-to-face seminars suitable for all those with an interest in C.G. Jung’s psychology. The aim of the course is to give students an introduction to analytical psychology’s key concepts and to explore areas onto which Jung applied his theories. The course also serves as the a pre-sessional for those who have enrolled on the later study on the MA Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies.

    We concentrate on Jung’s model of the psyche, with special attention paid to the definitive concepts differentiating analytical psychology from psychoanalysis:

    • the collective unconscious
    • archetypes
    • complexes
    • psychological types
    • individuation
    • the Self and synchronicity

    We will also explore Jung’s evaluation of, and writings related to, the arts, religion and society.

    • 25-29 September 2017
    • University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    • Fee £265

    Book a place via the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Webshop

  • Basic Freudian Concepts - 30 September to 5 October 2017

    This is a series of reading seminars designed for students with little or no previous knowledge of Freud. The aim of the series is to give students an introductory historical overview of the development of Freud’s thinking as a preparation for later study of his works on the MA Psychoanalytic Studies, or to serve as a free-standing introduction to Freud’s work.

    We will look particularly at the interaction between Freud’s clinical discoveries and his metapsychology: how does his model of the mind determine what he observes and how in turn do clinical phenomena cause him to change his model of the mind. Topics will include the theory of dreams; infantile sexuality; instinct (drive) theory; the economic (affect-trauma), the topographical and the structural models of the mind; narcissism and object relations; the theory of anxiety.

    • 30 September to 5 October 2017
    • University of Essex, Colchester Campus
    • Fee £265

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    Basic Freudian Concepts (.pdf)

    Book a place via the Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies Webshop

  • English language courses

    Our Essex Pathways Department offer a wide range of English language courses to support postgraduate study.

MA courses

MA courses

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.

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How to apply

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