Year of entry2017
Start dateOctober 2017
2 years part-time
1 evening a week
This Postgraduate Diploma, 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.
The 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 also gives 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 Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamics of Human Development is taught jointly by Birkbeck and the British Psychotherapy Foundation(BPF). Year 1 is taught at the BPF in Kilburn, North-West London.
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.
This programme considers the following 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).
We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.
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.
Fees and finance
We offer advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay your fees interest-free by direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students.
FeesPart-time home/EU students: £ 5975 pa
Part-time overseas students: £ 8750 pa
Teaching and assessment
Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.
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).
Careers and employability
To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.
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.
Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.
We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.
How to apply
You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link below.
Important note: please indicate whether you are applying for the psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic stream on your application form.
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Application deadlines and interviews
Applications are accepted throughout the year, but early application is encouraged (before April to start in October).
Life at Birkbeck
Birkbeck offers a unique combination of evening study and a matchless central London location, right in the geographic and academic centre of the city, giving you exceptional opportunities.
Most of our students live in private accommodation, but we also offer student accommodation and access to the professional services of the University of London Housing Services.
The Birkbeck experience
Birkbeck is different: our classes are held in the evening, so your days are free - to study, work, volunteer or just do your own thing.
Financial support and postgraduate loans
Birkbeck offers advice on all the options for financing your studies. You can pay loans by interest-free direct debit and postgraduate loans are available for all Home/EU students. Find out about the support we provide.
How to apply
Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck. We can give you the advice and support you need.
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