national training in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy

It is expected that the existing MSc level, National training in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy will be replaced in September 2021 by a doctoral programme, which will still offer a Masters exit for people not wanting to make a doctoral level commitment to academic work. The proposed programme will offer high quality clinical and academic training and will be accessible from across the UK and internationally.

· “The Doctor of Psychodynamic and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Clinical Practice (DPPClinPrac) is a new doctoral programme that is currently undergoing the accreditation process, if you would like more information on the programmes accreditation status then please contact, and we will update this document once the accreditation process is completed.”

The current professional qualifying trainings in Psychodynamic and psychoanalytic psychotherapy offers a flexible and dynamic programme that has been developed as a collaboration between the bpf and the University of Exeter. Accessible from across the UK (and internationally) the MSc course and subsequent clinical 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 research

Students on the current programme begin 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 in Clinical Practice: developing clinical skills under psychodynamic supervision whilst on placement.

• Modules in Psychoanalytic Theory: reading and discussing classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory

• A module in Institutional Observation: developing psychoanalytic observation skills and using these to understand the dynamic forces that affect individuals in groups and organisations.

• A module in 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 first two MSc years of the 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 ethically as a Psychodynamic Psychotherapist or a Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.



The programme delivery allows participation across the UK and internationally. The training is structured to support students at a distance. There are 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 the programme staff at Exeter 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: to discuss your personal situation contact Dr Elizabeth Weightman:

Address: Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Washington Singer, Perry Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG.

Phone: +44 (0)1392 722149



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.