Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies

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



The Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies introduces students to the fundamental concepts Psychoanalysis. It looks at and how these have been applied to just about every aspect of human life because they stem from and are rooted in the human condition. While the Diploma stands on its own as an informative introduction to the field of psychoanalysis, it can also serve as a basis for those who might be eligible and interested in applying for the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies. 


Students are assessed on the production of a 2,500 word essay which is 100% of the final result.

Programme Content

  • Introduction to Freud and Psychoanalysis

  • The Unconscious Mind and the Conscious Mind

  • The Slip of the Tongue and Other Everyday Psychopathologies

  • Freudian Dream Analysis

  • Neurosis and Psychosis in Psychoanalysis

  • Sexuality and Perversion in Psychoanalysis

  • On the Couch – the Practice of Psychoanalysis

  • Desire, Pleasure and Enjoyment

  • The Human Family

  • Psychoanalysis in the Today’s World


The Diploma in Psychoanalytic Studies the fascinating world of the unconscious mind and how it is implicated in every aspect of human life. It provides a way to begin to appreciate the fundamental concepts of psychoanalysis, as laid out in the work of Sigmund Freud, while also paying particular attention to the remarkable work of Jacques Alcan. Students will attend class one evening per week from 6:15 to 9:30 and a wide variety of interesting topics shall be delivered and discussed over the programme. This course is very interactive and students are invited to participate through sharing of experiences and opinions on theories and current practices in the field.

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course students who meet the general requirements for entry onto Higher Diplomas, may choose to continue onto the Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychoanalytic Studies. Otherwise the content of the course may prompt students to look at entering into analysis. Without doubt the course will provide stimulating questions for students which relate directly to their various educational and professional activities whether that be in the area of health and social care, business, arts, law or education. 


The fee for this Diploma is €1,325.This is inclusive of tuition, registration, exam fees and DBS library membership. This fee must be paid in full before the course begins.  View all DBS Evening Diploma Fees here.

DBS Diploma students can also avail of a wide range of facilities to assist them in every aspect of their studies, please see below for more details.

DBS Student Facilities

• Online Notes System (DBS Moodle)- is an eLearning system designed to provide you with a range of course material which will enhance and support your learning experience within DBS.
• DBS Library Aungier Street- the Library provides a programme of classes in the areas of Library resources, essay writing skills, avoiding plagiarism and referencing to assist you in your studies. 
• DBS Careers and Appointment Service- which provides a range of services for Diploma students such as career advice and workshops in CV writing and interview skills.
• Subsidised Parking- DBS provides subsidised parking arrangements for students, which provides easy access to all main public transport routes in and out of the city centre.
• Subsidised Student Canteen- Diploma students can avail of the Student Canteen which is open in the evenings and offers a wide variety of choices on its menu.

Next Steps

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Course overview


Awarding Body: 
Dublin Business School
Schedule: 1 evening per week, 6.15-9.30pm
Intake: October & February
Duration: 10 weeks Part-time

Contact Us

We are now accepting applications for programmes taking place in 2019. Contact our admissions team for more information

Email: admissions@dbs.ie
Phone: 01 417 7500
Opening times:
Monday to Friday
8:45am to 5:15pm