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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:

1st March annually*

*Late applications past the deadline of 1st March will be considered.  Please send a detailed Curriculum Vitae 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 for 2015/2016 are as follows:

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

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 2016/2017:
EU students:                                         €8,188
Non-EU students:                                 €17,185

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 7 September 2016 School of Psychology (Email).