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Undergraduate courses

Undergraduate courses

Our undergraduate courses provide both theoretical understanding and practical skills derived from a range of psychoanalytic approaches, including their applications to emotional, organisational, social, political, and cultural life.

We offer a wide range of undergraduate courses that cover therapeutic communication, sociology and psychosocial studies, therapeutic care and psychoanalytic studies.

Why psychoanalytic studies? Why us?

We’re about what makes people tick – how we develop, how we relate to each other and how our minds and emotions work.

The mind has been understood in a multitude of different ways. In our Department we delve deeply into how psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychology have offered real insight into the human condition. This gives us unique ways of looking not only at personal lives but also cultural, historical and political phenomena.

In studying both our academic and applied courses you receive a thorough understanding of emotions and personal development. When you graduate, you leave with a deeper understanding of yourself and others and our employment rates speak for themselves, with 80% of our undergraduates in graduate level study or employment.

We take an experiential approach which challenges you to grow and take ownership of your learning. We engage with you on a personal level, which combined with small group teaching gives you a unique sense of belonging and an academic community that is here to support you throughout your transformative journey.

Are you fascinated by human relationships? Do you want to dig deeper into the underpinnings of cultural and political behaviour? Do you want to know why so many people have emotional or relationship problems? If you want to look beneath the surface to understand historical, literary and cultural phenomena at levels not explored by other disciplines, our Department is the place for you.

A unique place to be

Our Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies is unique: the only place where under one roof you can find a multifaceted clinical and academic approach to both psychoanalytic and Jungian studies.

We have an outstanding reputation for research achieving a top 10 ranking for research quality (REF 2014), with 94% student satisfaction rate (NSS 2017). Being located within one of the UK's leading universities for social sciences, our research puts us at the forefront of our field, challenging unquestioned norms and shaping professional practice. We are not afraid to confront difficult questions with uncomfortable answers.

Taught by experts

We may not be big but we make a big impact. Founded over 20 years ago on the great Essex tradition of interdisciplinarity, we are home to internationally-recognised experts from a range of disciplines within the wider field of ‘depth psychology’. You'll meet them in your lectures and classes, collaborating with them to excel in your studies.

We have acclaimed professors in theoretical, methodological and clinical thinking, and clinicians/practitioners who focus on front-line work in community agencies.

We specialise in the history and development of psychoanalytic, psychodynamic and Jungian ways of understanding the world and human beings. We study the application of these conceptual frameworks to personal, family, group, organisational, political and cultural dynamics – and how they can help us help others.

A career working with others

In an era when caring agencies of all kinds are under pressure, we are breaking new ground by bringing psychoanalytic and therapeutic studies to undergraduate students.

Laying the foundations of understanding at undergraduate level helps you to establish a stronger and more resilient basis from which to launch a career that focuses on people. Our therapeutic care courses are work-related and practical, developing your confidence and equipping you with the skills to understand and manage workplace relationships and group dynamics. Our employment rates speak for themselves.

How to apply

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for a course at the Department for Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies. We can provide help and advice, and guide you through the application process.

Learn languages

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All our students can learn languages in a number of ways, including as part of your degree, in evening classes or online at no extra cost, or via Essex Modern Language Certificates.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

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