Psychodynamics of Human Development (MSc)

Year of entry


Start date

October 2017


Central London


Fully Approved


Two years part-time


One evening a week

This Master's degree in psychodynamics provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory. You will also be taught research methods and complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation.

This course is designed to provide professional and personal development for those working in settings such as community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health and education. It is a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.

The MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development is taught jointly by Birkbeck and the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). The first year is taught at the BPF, based in Kilburn (North-West London).

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Why study this course at Birkbeck?

  • A valuable opportunity to combine the knowledge of practising clinicians from a leading psychotherapy training institution with the research expertise of an internationally recognised university department.
  • Infant observation component provides experiential learning that can be accredited for psychotherapy training.
  • Choose between psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic approaches.
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Course structure

This programme covers the follow aspects:

  • Psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory of the nature and development of mental life and key concepts used in clinical work.
  • Infant and child development through observation and weekly discussion seminars.
  • The application of psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory to the work setting.
  • Research methodology and critical analysis.

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