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


Course Director: Dr. John O’Connor (
Course Office Contact Details:  Yvonne Graham (Course Executive Officer)
Telephone: +353-1-896 3907
Course Duration: 1 year (full-time)
Closing date for Applications: 30th June annually** Extended to 21st August 2015
ECTS Credits: 90 ECTS

*Late applications may be considered up to the 21st of August 2015 subject to availability of places.

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.

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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 thesis on a psychoanalytic theme for submission at the end of the programme.

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. We encourage applicants to apply for the course early as decisions around offers are made as soon as possible following the submission of applications. Late applications may be considered after this date subject to availability of places.

Course Fees

Course fees for 2015/2016:
EU students:                                         €7,928
Non-EU students:                                 €16,663

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 office. Please see postgraduate information on this here.

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Last updated 18 August 2015 School of Psychology (Email).