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MSc Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic / Psychoanalytic Therapy)

A new and innovative partnership between the British Psychotherapy Foundationand the University of Exeter.

The British Psychotherapy Foundation, in partnership with the University of Exeter, is now offering a three year programme of qualifying training as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist, uniquely designed to accommodate trainees from across the UK.

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Course Structure

The training is structured in blocks of 5 day intensive training which take place termly for the first two years. In between these blocks, students will participate in study groups taking place at locations across the UK.  There is also an option for participants who live a long distance from one of these groups to join a number of these sessions by Skype.  Students will undertake their personal therapy, clinical supervision and clinical practice, all requirements of this course, locally.

About the programme

The programme offers an excellent standard of academic and clinical teaching delivered byexperienced psychoanalytic psychotherapy practitioners, academics and researchers.   The first two years of the programme consists of academicand clinical work leading to the award of a Masters in Psychological Therapies. Successful completion of a minimum of a third year of clinical training leads to qualification as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist competent to work independently, membership of the British Psychotherapy Foundation and registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council.

The MSc may also be taken as a free standing programme. Successful completion of the MSc also makes participants eligible to apply for the Doctor of Clinical Practice programme and in this way continue their academic studying in a way that is complementary to their clinical work.

The programme is particularly orientated to people who have an existing mental health qualification, such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and nurses.  However, applications will also be considered from other suitably qualified and experienced people. To take part on this course applicants must have an Undergraduate Degree (or equivalent) and must also have suitable clinical experience.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced people seeking either to deepen their understanding of the application of psychoanalytically informed ideas and clinical practice within their own Mental health professional Discipline or to continue training tobecome a Qualified Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.

Applicants who are unsure as to whether their existing qualifications and experience make them eligible to apply, or who would like advice on how to gain the necessary prerequisites should contact the programme lead to discuss.


For further information please contact Richard Mizen R.F.Mizen@exeter.ac.uk (Course Director) and/or Jo Rees J.Rees2@exeter.ac.uk (administrator). 

Tel: 020 8452 9823 Registered office: 37 Mapesbury Road, London NW2 4HJ
Company number 8238969 registered in England and Wales Registered charity number 1150806