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).
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Applications are accepted throughout the year, but early application is encouraged (before April to start in October).
Psychodynamics of Human Development (MSc) (Part-time)
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.
To find out more, read our programme handbook (2015-2016).
Normally a first degree; non-graduates with academic and professional experience may be considered.
Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.
If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.
Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.
Part-time home/EU students: £
paPart-time overseas students: £
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Careers and employability
Graduates can pursue careers in psychotherapy, psychology and education. They can also apply for training in child and adolescent psychotherapy, adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy or Jungian analytic psychotherapy. Possible professions include psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or further education lecturer. This degree may also be useful in becoming an educational psychologist or careers adviser.
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Teaching and assessment
Academic theory seminars, seminars on infant observation and work discussion, all in separate psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic streams. Infant observation and work study seminar groups are small and provide a supportive framework for experiential learning. Programmed study days (1 each term) for both streams together, plus joint seminars in preparation for the dissertation.
Year 1: 2 essays (2500-3000 words) and a 2-week ‘take-away’ examination paper.
Year 2: 1 infant observation essay (5000-8000 words) and a dissertation (10,000-15,000 words).