Study with us
Our undergraduate courses provide both theoretical understanding and practical skills derived from a range of psychoanalytic
approaches, including their applications to emotional, organisational, social, political, and cultural life.
We offer a wide range of
undergraduate courses that cover therapeutic communication, sociology and
psychosocial studies, therapeutic care and psychoanalytic studies.
Why psychoanalytic studies? Why us?
We’re about what makes people tick – how we develop, how we relate to each
other and how our minds and emotions work.
The mind has been understood in a multitude of different ways. In our Centre
we delve deeply into how psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychology have
offered real insight into the human condition. This gives us unique ways of
looking not only at personal lives but also cultural, historical and political
In studying both our academic and applied courses you receive a thorough
understanding of emotions and personal development. When you graduate, you leave
with a deeper understanding of yourself and others and our employment rates
speak for themselves, with 80% of our undergraduates in graduate level study or
We take an experiential approach which challenges you to grow and take
ownership of your learning. We engage with you on a personal level, which
combined with small group teaching gives you a unique sense of belonging and an
academic community that is here to support you throughout your transformative
Are you fascinated by human relationships? Do you want to dig deeper into the
underpinnings of cultural and political behaviour? Do you want to know why so
many people have emotional or relationship problems? If you want to look beneath
the surface to understand historical, literary and cultural phenomena at levels
not explored by other disciplines, our Centre is the place for you.
A unique place to be
Our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies is unique: the only place where under
one roof you can find a multifaceted clinical and academic approach to both
psychoanalytic and Jungian studies.
We have an outstanding reputation for research
achieving a top 10 ranking for research quality (REF 2014),
with a 94% student satisfaction rate (NSS 2016). Being located
within one of the UK's leading universities for social
sciences, our research puts us at the forefront of our field, challenging
unquestioned norms and shaping professional practice. We are not afraid to
confront difficult questions with uncomfortable answers.
Taught by experts
We may not be big but we make a big impact. Founded over 20 years ago on the
great Essex tradition of interdisciplinarity, we are home to
internationally-recognised experts from a range of disciplines within the
wider field of ‘depth psychology’. You'll meet them in your lectures and
classes, collaborating with them to excel in your studies.
We have acclaimed professors in theoretical, methodological and clinical
thinking, and clinicians/practitioners who focus on front-line work in community
We specialise in the history and development of psychoanalytic, psychodynamic
and Jungian ways of understanding the world and human beings. We study the
application of these conceptual frameworks to personal, family, group,
organisational, political and cultural dynamics – and how they can help us help
A career working with others
In an era when caring agencies of all kinds are under pressure, we are
breaking new ground by bringing psychoanalytic and therapeutic studies to
Laying the foundations of understanding at undergraduate level helps you to
establish a stronger and more resilient basis from which to launch a career that
focuses on people. Our therapeutic care courses are work-related and practical,
developing your confidence and equipping you with the skills to understand and
manage workplace relationships and group dynamics. Our employment rates speak
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.
All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening
classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.
UG Open Days
Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff
can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.
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.