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M.Phil./P.Grad.Dip Psychoanalytic Studies


Course Director: Dr. John O’Connor (
Course Office Contact Details:  Luisa Byrne (Course Executive Officer)
Telephone: +353-1-896 3907
Course Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Closing date for Applications:

31st May 2017 (late applications will be considered upon submission of a recent CV to )

ECTS Credits: 90 ECTS

Course Overview

The Masters of Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Studies offers graduates a thorough introduction to the history, theory and applications in clinical work and in the wider culture of psychoanalysis from Freud to modern writers in this broad field. The course is of interest to people from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates of psychology, philosophy, and other university programmes, as well mental health professionals, people who work in the fields of the Arts, education and health, among others. The programme attracts students from around the world and from a wide mix of backgrounds and age-groups.

Course Content and Structure

This is a one year full-time course. Students take six compulsory modules, equivalent to 10 ECTS each, together with a dissertation (30 ECTS). The modules running in 2016/2017 are:

  • Basic Psychoanalytic Concepts
  • Dreams, Dreaming and Symbolic Life
  • The Emotional World of the Child
  • Psychoanalysis and Film
  • Clinical States of Mind
  • Object Relations Theory

*While the modules listed above are generally offered annually, please note that they may be subject to change.

Students complete a dissertation on a psychoanalytic theme for submission at the end of the programme.

Course structure in more detail

Entry Requirements

Applications are normally accepted only from persons with a first or upper second class degree in an appropriate arts, social science or science subject or other subject which provides some basis for this course.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply online here. The applications’ site is open from November annually.

Applying - what is involved?

More on the student experience

Course Fees

Course fees for 2017/2018:
EU students:                                         €8,428
Non-EU students:                                 €17,693

IMPORTANT: Course fees are reviewed annually and are subject to changes.
Please consult information about eligibility for admission as an EU/Non-EU student and note that EU applicants must satisfy specific requirements to be deemed eligible for EU fee status. 

Useful Links

For general information about postgraduate studies in the College, please see the College Graduate Studies Office pages.

Applicants who are considered international or non-EU students should contact the International Students' Webpage. Please see postgraduate information on this here.

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Last updated 13 June 2017 School of Psychology (Email).