Counselling and Psychotherapy COURSES

Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies

Overview

Awarding Body:  Quality & Qualifications Ireland( QQI)-formerly Higher Education & Training Awards Council ( HETAC) 
Award Level: Level 8 (Postgraduate Diploma)
Title of Award: Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies
Award Type:  Major 
Duration: 1 Year Part-time
Suited to: All Graduates

Introduction

Available to all graduates with a primary degree in any area of study, the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies is designed to offer a rigorous theoretical introduction to psychoanalysis. With its fundamental premise of the existence of unconscious mental life psychoanalysis differs, radically, from the traditions of psychotherapy and psychology. In recognition of the fact that psychoanalysis is a field where the basis of clinical practice is the practitioner’s own undergoing of analysis the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies grounds students in the theory of psychoanalysis and thereby serves as a very strong foundation for successful graduates to pursue a qualification at Master’s level in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. Students are introduced to the authors who have contributed most significantly to the development of psychoanalysis, in particular Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan.
This course is also of interest to graduates who wish to explore how psychoanalytic insights can be applied to such diverse fields as psychology, literary criticism, philosophy, gender studies, film theory, and business. Students are made aware of the wide range of applications of psychoanalysis in individual, family, social life and modern culture.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:

  • A primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution or equivalent qualification
  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

Programme Content

Semester 1
 
  • The Interpretation of Dreams 
  • Studies on Hysteria 
  • Clinical Applications I 
  • Sexuality and Psychoanalysis 
  • Reading Lacan I 
  • The History of Psychoanalysis
Semester 2
  • Formations of the Unconscious 
  • Reading Jacques Lacan II 
  • Clinical Applications II 
  • Psychoanalysis, Art & Literature 
  • Dissertation/Research Project

Assessment Methods

The Postgraduate Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies is an academic programme directed by the clinical experiences of the practitioners who deliver the lectures. Assessment is approached creatively with a range of assessment strategies including essay writing, in-class presentation, graded group discussion, and examination. Instructions and guidelines for all assessment are clearly communicated to students.

Structure

The programme contains 11 modules including a dissertation/research project. During each semester, students are typically required to attend lectures/tutorials on 3 evenings per week. In addition to a weekly thesis tutorial related to the research project each student works with an individual thesis supervisor as an essential component of the research work. The teaching and learning strategy is based mainly on interactive lectures, group and individual study.

Career Opportunities

Psychoanalysis is one of the leading orientations of professional psychotherapists worldwide. For example, fifty percent of psychotherapists in the UK are psychoanalytic psychotherapists. The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies allows graduates with non-psychoanalytic primary degrees to initiate the pursuance of this career and, as such, it is a particularly useful bridging programme for psychology graduates.

The Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies also provides an attractive set of transferable skills that can serve to enhance many careers, for example, in the business and organisational world, in all of the caring professions and in academia.

Fees

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.

Fee Structure at DBS

The course fee is €5,990. This covers the cost of tuition, registration and examinations. 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. Fees are typically payable in three installments. 50% of the annual fee is due upon acceptance of the programme and prior to course commencement in September with the balance payable in two installments at the end of November and the end of December. You can download our DBS feeinformation sheet for more information or contact our admissions team who would be happy to discuss the options available for you.

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 Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology. 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 
  • Academic/Business References - Ideally one Academic & one Business 
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 

International Students/ Non EU Applicants

Applicants should complete the appropriate application form and return it to the Postgraduate Admissions Office along with the following documentation: 
  • Academic documents   
  • Academic transcripts  
  • Proof of English (i.e. IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent)  
  • A Curriculum Vitae  
  • References from your employer/school/college  
  • A statement of purpose 
  • A copy of your passport 
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.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must hold:
  • A primary honours degree award of at least pass level in a non-cognate discipline from a recognised third level institution, or 
  • An IELTS score of a minimum 6.0 or equivalent, where full-time study has been conducted in a language other than English or applicants whose first language is not English.

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