Master of Arts (MA) Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

  • Overview
  • Course Content
  • Structure
  • Career Opportunities
  • Fees
  • Next Steps

Overview

DBS Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy  

The interpretation of dreams announced psychoanalysis to the world in 1900. In it Freud proposed that "the most complicated achievements of thought are possible without the assistance of consciousness." This psychoanalytic position revolutionised our understanding of mental life and the basis of any psychological intervention.

Psychoanalysis is a clinical practice which attends to the hidden, or unconscious, processes of the mind.Its epoch-marking insights shed invaluable light on the fragility of meaning in our lives and on the dynamics of mental health and its collapse in illness. Psychoanalysis stands at the origin of all the major developments in psychotherapy over the past 100 years. The MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is designed for graduates with a primary degree, or postgraduate higher diploma, which included psychoanalytic topics as a major component.  A combination of of the Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies (or equivalent) and the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, at Dublin Business School, should fulfil current requirements of a four-year training that is expected by the professional bodies in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy. It is designed to introduce students in a thorough and rigorous way to clinical settings and practice and so is a solid basis for work in the field of mental health as well as being a foundation for training in the field of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

  • A minimum Second Class Honours (2.2) in an Undergraduate degree which has included an identifiable, formal component of psychoanalytic study or the DBS Higher Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies, or

  • A qualification with the equivalent psychoanalytic studies from a recognised third level institution

  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.5 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English

  • A personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why they wish to pursue this particular course

  • There are also 2 interviews with psychoanalytic practitioners as part of the entry process in order to assess suitability

Course Content

The Master of Arts (MA) in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programme has the following content:

Core Modules

Psychiatric Case Conference and Seminar

Clinical Supervision

Supervised Clinical Experience

Infant Observation

The Clinic of the Unconscious

Sexuality

Psychopathology

Applications of Psychoanalysis

The Ethics of Clinical Practice

Research Seminar and Thesis

It is also required that students take up their own personal psychoanalysis. Cost associated with personal psychoanalysis is independent of the DBS programme fee.

Assessment Methods

• Continuous assessment fo clinical practice

• Continuous assessment and end of year report in infant observation

• Continuous assessment and examination relating to academic components

• Research thesis at the end of the programme

Structure

  • A training based on a series of clinical placements one day a week in years 1 and 2 in mental health and education settings supervised by senior mental health professionals in each placement.

  • Infant observation experience supervised by a highly qualified tutor in the field

  • A final year of supervised appointment based clinical practice in settings recommended by the college. Students engage an individual supervisor for this work the fee for which is independent of the DBS programme fee.

  • Weekly Psychiatric Case Conference at St. Vincent's Hospital followed by  a clinical seminar

  • Weekly psychoanalytic supervision tutorial

  • An academic programme of lectures presented by clinicians

It's also required that students take up their own personal psychoanalysis. Cost associated with personal psychoanalysis is independent of the DBS programme fee. 

Placements

Supervised clinical placements occupy 1 day per week for 40 weeks in years 1 & 2 of the programme. Year 3 will require 2 full days in clinical placements. Placements are either of between 10 and 40 week duration. Over the 14 years the MA has been running, placements have been arranged in the following settings:

  • Department of Adult Psychiatry, Mater Misericordiae Hospital

  • Department of Psychiatry, National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street

  • The Royal Hospital, Donnybrook

  • Department of Old Age Psychiatry, St. Ita’s Portrane & Beaumont Hospital

  • Hospitaller Order of St. John of God, Lucena Clinic, Orwell Road 

  • Stewarts Hospital, Palmerstown

  • Department of Psychiatry & Mental Health Research, St. Vincents University Hospital

  • Navan Mental Health Service

  • St Audoen’s National School, Dublin 8

  • Mounttown Neighbourhood Youth Project, Dun Laoghaire

  • Dolphin Homework Club, Dolphin's Barn

  • Kilbarrack Coast Community Project

  • Saol project, Dublin 1

  • Shine Dublin 1

  • St. Enda's National School, Dublin 2

  • Tower Probation Project, Clondalkin 

Career Opportunities

For students who wish to pursue training as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist but who have minimal clinical exposure to the phenomena of mental suffering, which include psychiatric illness, addiction, learning disability etc., this MA provides the ideal initial step of that training.

Currently a basic requirement for entry into work in the field of mental health is having experience of mental health settings during training. The MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy is unique in Ireland in providing a very impressive amount of hours in challenging clinical settings. A graduate with this amount of experience should satisfy concerns of any potential employer regarding their ability to work in such settings. In addition the MA provides a basis for developing private practice in the years following graduation. For the duration of the MA students begin their own personal analysis, the cornerstone of any practice calling itself psychoanalytic.

Graduates are eligible to become members The Association for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in Ireland (APPI), a recognised professional body for psychotherapists in Ireland. APPI is a professional membership organisation comprised of members whose clinical work is based upon the practice of psychoanalysis and/or psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

Over the years the MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy has provided a very stimulating basis not only for those graduates who wish to pursue work and practice in the field  of psychoanalytic psychotherapy but also for graduates who have taken up social and community care work in artistic and creative settings.

Fees

Fee Structure at DBS

The course fees for the next academic year are €5,550 per annum for EU students. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations.

Click here to view international fees. 

Click here for a full list of DBS Postgraduate fees. You can also contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

Please note also that there is tax relief for Irish income tax payers at the standard rate of 20% on all fees exceeding €1,000 and up to €7,000. 

All QQI accredited programmes of education and training of 3 months or longer duration offered by Dublin Business School (DBS) are covered by arrangements under section 65 (4) (b) of the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 whereby in the event that DBS ceases to provide the programme, for any reason, after learners have started on that programme, Kaplan Inc., as guarantor, will refund the moneys most recently paid by or for the learner.   More details are included in the terms and conditions of learner admission to DBS (http://www.dbs.ie/terms-and-conditions) and on programme handbooks provided at induction.

Improve your employability

All of our postgraduate courses offer strong links with industry and the professional world and often carry accreditation from professional bodies. By choosing to study at postgraduate level, not only do you gain valuable skills and experience but you also demonstrate your determination to succeed in a chosen career. Far from being a postponement to employment, postgraduate study can help you progress further and faster in your chosen career. And, if you're not certain what direction you would like your future to take, further study can provide a secure and structured space to help you find out through exploring your strengths and interests.

Get your foot on the career ladder

A large number of our postgraduate programmes include a work placement option, giving you the opportunity to gain vocational experience, make valuable contacts and gain transferable skills. It is also worth considering that some postgraduate qualifications are essential requirements to getting on the career ladder.

Gain skills for success

During your undergraduate degree you will have developed a strong foundation of transferable skills. Postgraduate study will build on this base, giving you the opportunity to put these highly valuable skills in to practice. You will also gain invaluable practical working examples that you can go on to use at interview to set you apart from other candidates.

Next Steps

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Open days are a great way to help you make your decision about DBS and learn more about the Master of Arts (MA) in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. As well as experiencing our outstanding facilities, you'll have the opportunity to receive personalised advice from academics from your subject area, meet current postgraduate students and also have your questions answered on general subjects such as entry requirements, student support and the admissions process.

EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 

  • Academic Transcripts (Original & Official English Translation where issued in another language). Applicants who have previously attended DBS need not provide this documentation. 

  • Proof of Identification (Birth Certificate, Drivers Licence or Passport) 

  • Detailed Curriculum Vitae 

  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent) where full time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English 

  • Referee form and a personal statement of approximately 400 words outlining why you wish to pursue this particular course.  

Please see programme content for any course-specific additional application procedures.

In addition to the above, in the instance of Non-EU applicants who have residency in Ireland:

  • A copy of your GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) Card, Work permit (if applicable) & Passport 

  • The letter that was issued to you by the Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform stating why you were provided with the above documentation.

Please note that copies of all documentation must be submitted, and that it must be translated into English where issued in another language. Please do not send original documents as these will not be returned.

Dublin Business School has a number of overseas offices and representatives worldwide. Please contact us if you wish to receive further details on your closest DBS representative.

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Course overview

COURSE OVERVIEW 201​7

Awarding Body: 
Quality & Qualifications Ireland 
QQI AWARD LOGO (1)
Award: Masters Degree
NFQ Level: 
Level 9
Award Title: Master of Arts in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Award Type: Major 
Duration: 
Part-time 3 Years

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