MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development
Training Location: In London or Online.
Part-time course. Course length: 2 years. Wednesday evenings 5-10pm.
Our MSc provides an understanding of human development through a set of theoretical and experiential modules. This pre-clinical course is designed to prepare students for a career in psychotherapy. It is a foundation course that offers an accredited infant observation, and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.
Applications open in January for September start. Please contact the MSc director for further information: [email protected]
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This course is tailored for individuals curious about psychotherapy, offering an enriching blend of academic and experiential seminars. This program is a gateway to professional and personal growth, fostering holistic development. It caters to professionals from diverse settings, including community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health, education, and any other background.
The two-year part-time MSc prepares students for a career in psychotherapy with adults or children:
The course is open to students living in the UK for the duration of the course.
Our psychodynamics of human development course provides an understanding of human development through 4 distinct modules over two years:
A two-year infant observation, following an established practice for learning about the psychodynamics of human development through detailed weekly observation of an infant from birth and weekly discussion seminars in a small group with a trained psychotherapist.
Weekly Work Discussion seminars, where students take turn to present an observation of a work setting. The small group led by an experienced psychotherapist focuses on the personal and interpersonal responses and organisational dynamics. Work discussion includes contemporary Jungian concept of the cultural complex and the work of W. Bion and M Klein.
Weekly theory seminars to explore the life cycle with a choice of Jungian Analytic or Psychoanalytic approach:
- An introduction to selected core concepts of psychoanalytic thought from the work of Freud, Klein and Winnicott
- Pregnancy and the origins of the relationship between the mother and her baby. The development of the infant as a social human being’
- the emotional, social, cognitive and perceptual and especially communicative skills and attributes of the baby’s development as it becomes a toddler
- adolescence and young adulthood and the of core tasks of adult life – the capacity for intimate relationships and establishing a family
- Contemporary thought on gender, sexuality, racism, politics and the environment
- An examination of how strains and stresses experienced in development impact on adult life
Jungian analytic approach
- Jungian model of the psyche: the self, individuation, collective unconscious, archetypes, transcendent function, symbol formation and dreams
- Jungian baby and child: Fordham’s development of Jungian concepts and psychoanalytic theories of Klein, Bion and Winnicott
- Jungian life cycle: the unfolding of the self in individuation through developmental stages and archetypal contexts including adolescence, mid-life, old age and death
- Contemporary Jungian thought: gender, sexuality, racism, spirituality, neuroscience, synchronicity, culture and collective experience
- Link to Jungian Terms Explained – Helen Morgan and Christopher McKenna’s clear glossary of some Jungian terms
The Dissertation module includes taught seminars on research methods leading to a a research project with a Jungian Analytic or Psychoanalytic lens on contemporary topics of the student’s choice.
Recent research topics include: how teachers understand children’s aggression; the appeal of computer gaming for adult men; post-natal depression in British-Chinese mothers; the impact on feelings of identity in adults raised in a religious cult; the emotional impact of growing up in a boarding school; the experience of palliative care workers in working with the dying; individuation and early retirement; contemporary views on the animus; midlife in the workplace; homeopathy and sickness as symbol; the sense of Self in male to female transsexuals; Jungian perspectives on work with adolescents; spirituality and individuation; the feminine in the cultural unconscious
PgDip students do not write a dissertation.
Possibility to exit at the end of the first year and obtain a PgCert
For those who complete this course as part of the preclinical requirements for the Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy doctorate, both streams are equivalent.
Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university, or an equivalent international qualification. In some circumstances non-graduates with academic and professional experience may be considered. Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage.
Students on the course are required to live and work in the UK for the duration of the course.
Students are required have or apply for a full enhanced DBS, including the update service after enrolment.
For online students
All online students are required to come to London once a term for a study day (10-8pm).
Access to a computer and a stable internet are essential. Academic / Personal references will be requested as part of the application process.
Apply now to secure a place in London or online: visit the Birkbeck University website below.
We will review every postgraduate application to bpf/Birkbeck on its individual merits. Your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners. On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.
As part of the application process, you will be requested to attend an interview with the BPF course director and to provide a reference.
The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.
Please see the course page on the Birkbeck University website for the current fees.
Government loans are available for postgraduate studies, allowing you to borrow most of the cost of your Master’s degree (MA, MSc, LLM, MRes). These loans are not means-tested – ie they are not linked to household earnings, savings or investments – and are available for those who have not previously completed a Master’s degree. For more information please visit: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/student-services/financial-support/postgraduate-loans
MSc students completing the course as part of the preclinical requirements for the child & adolescent psychotherapy training may apply to a Health Education England bursary offered to improve equity of access and inclusion for Black, Asian and minority ethnic entrants and financially disadvantaged candidates to child and adolescent psychotherapy training.
As part of the application process, students are requested to evidence their experience of working with children and their commitment to the psychotherapy profession.
Applications open in January; submission in March and interview with a panel in April yearly.
Recipients of a bursary are not guaranteed a place on the Child and Adolescent Doctorate.
Please contact IPCAPA for more information about the HEE bursary.
The MSc fulfils the entry requirements for our Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.
After completing this masters, students can also apply to join one of our other qualifying trainings.
Please note that MSc graduates can apply for direct entry into Year 2 of our Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Training.
It is recommended that MSc students who wish to apply to any of the adult trainings at the BPF complete our Clinical Module of the Foundation Course. Cost for this module is reduced for MSc students.
See our Psychotherapy Training Pathways diagram to view the potential pathways to qualification as a psychotherapist or analyst.
Dorothee Magni (Director) welcomes email enquiries before you make an application at: [email protected].