national training in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy

  • deadline for applications: end of June (please apply early)
  • accessible from across the UK and internationally

This flexible and dynamic programme was developed by the bpf in partnership with the University of Exeter. Accessible from across the UK (and internationally) the course and trainings offer an excellent standard of clinical and academic teaching delivered by experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinicians, academics and researchers. The programme is suitable for those with existing mental health qualifications, counsellors and others with suitable experience. Graduates will be trained to work in both the public and private sectors.

course content

MSc in psychological therapies: practice and reseach

Currently, the programme begins with a two- year part-time Masters course involving clinical and academic work. This can be taken as a free standing programme but also forms the first stage of the qualifying training (see below). During the Masters programme, students will participate in the following Modules:

  • Clinical Practice: developing clinical skills under psychodynamic supervision whilst on placement.
  • Psychoanalytic Theory: reading and discussing classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory
  • Institutional Observation: developing psychoanalytic observation skills and using these to understand the dynamic forces that affect individuals in groups and organisations.
  • Research: Learning about models of research that are suitable for psychoanalytic work and engaging in a small scale piece of research.
  • Personal therapy/analysis.

qualifying training

On successful completion of the Masters programme, students are eligible to join a further two years of clinical practice and clinical and theoretical seminars. At this point they start to see their intensive patients and engage in the clinical work which, if successfully completed, leads to registration with the British Psychoanalytic Council as a Psychoanalytic or Psychodynamic Psychotherapist.   

On completion, graduates will be competent to work independently and gain membership to the British Psychotherapy Foundation and registration as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist with the British Psychoanalytic Council.



The programme delivery allows participation across the UK and internationally. The training is structured to support students at a distance.  There will be an intensive academic block (5 days) once a term attended in person. These are supported by fortnightly Learning Sets taking place at locations across the UK. These Learning Sets can also be joined remotely by Skype/zoom. Students will undertake their personal therapy, clinical supervision and clinical practice locally to them.

For more information visit the University of Exeter website, but please note that this website is currently under review and restructure.  If in doubt, please contact the course directly at:

entry requirements

This programme is suitable for people who have completed undergraduate education or equivalent. If in doubt, please contact us to discuss.

As described above, successful completion of the MSc in Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy) normally confers eligibility to progress to the two-year Qualifying Training leading to registration as an Adult Psychodynamic or as an Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

Direct applications for this Qualifying Training may also be considered from students who have completed previous psychodynamic training, for example ACP-registered Child Psychotherapist, BPC-registered Couple Therapist or similar.

If you would like to discuss your individual situation, you are welcome to contact us for an informal conversation.


Up to date information about fees can be found on the University of Exeter website

how to apply

Up to date information about the application process can be found on the University of Exeter website


Currently there are no resources available ahead of this training.

access information

The University building and the current learning set locations are wheelchair accessible.

contact us

For further information please contact the programme administrator:

Address: Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Washington Singer, Perry Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG.
Phone: +44 (0)1392 722780

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.