M.A. Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society

  • On Campus
  • 12 months
  • GBP15400 per Year (International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

    GBP7300 per Year (EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • English ( Take IELTS test or Find a course )
| London, England, United Kingdom
This Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society MA, delivered by Brunel University London, is designed to provide you with a training in classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory. It maintains a constant attention to the relation between theory and practice and provides a clinical grounding through its emphasis on the clinical writings of Freud, Klein and Lacan.



The Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Society course of Brunel University London also offers the opportunity to develop a psychoanalytic approach to contemporary socio-cultural issues, in particular questions of political ideology, social conflict and violence. It engages with the relation between the psychoanalytic and social fields by exploring how to conceive of a psychoanalytic social theory. It questions how we can provide a specifically psychoanalytic account of social relations and focuses on issues raised by post-structuralist and feminist accounts of sexuality.

This degree is relevant to a wide range of graduates in the social sciences, humanities and fine art, as well as those with professional interests in psychotherapy and analysis who wish to develop and apply their skills to the issues and areas on which this degree focuses.Previous and current students have included art and film students, teachers and art historians as well as psychologists and analysts - and recently included a performance artist. Many European and overseas students from Latin America and further afield have also undertaken this degree.

Detailed Course Facts

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Tuition fee
  • GBP15400 per year ( International

    Tuition fee for the international students.

  • GBP7300 per year ( EEA

    European Economic Area tuition fee is applicable to the students from EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

  • UK/EU students: £3,650 part-time
  • International students: £7,700 part-time
Duration full-time 12 months
Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time
Intensity Flexible
Duration part-time 30 months

Course Content

Foundations of Psychoanalytic Theory
Main topics of study: the origin and development of psychoanalysis; sexuality and the unconscious; neurosis, perversion, psychosis; the foundations of psychoanalytic technique; Freud's case-studies; the second topography; the work of Melanie Klein, Donald W Winnicott, Jacques Lacan; psychoanalytic theories of psychosis; psychoanalytic views on addiction; the so-called ‘new symptoms' in contemporary society.
Clinical Interventions in Psychoanalysis
Main topics of study: the case-study of the Rat Man; the case-study of the Wolf Man; paradigmatic cases in the psychoanalytic literature; differential diagnosis; the direction of the psychoanalytic treatment; interpretation, transference and countertransference; the position of the analyst; psychoanalysis and suggestion; professional case presentations and their clinical difficulties; a case of auto-erotic asphyxia; psychoanalytic theory development and clinical practice.
Symptom and Society
Main topics of study: Freud's cardinal works on culture and society; the Lacanian concept of the object; recent psychoanalytic developments on the issues of groups, social identity and community life; the relationship between contemporary symptoms and the so-called ‘decline of the paternal function' within Western society; sadism; murder; the representation of violence and the question of ethics; psychoanalytic interpretations of representations of violence (Pasolini's ‘Saló; Lars von Trier's ‘Dogville'; Michael Powell's ‘Peeping Tom').
Research Methods in Psychoanalysis
Main topics of study: psychoanalytic epistemologies; knowledge and truth in psychoanalysis; induction, deduction and abduction; the logic of psychoanalytic discovery; the validation of psychoanalytic theory and practice; how to set up a psychoanalytic research project; logical reasoning and the anticipation of certainty; the object and the subject in psychoanalysis; how to access psychoanalytic resources; how to develop a psychoanalytic argument; the interface between theory and practice in psychoanalysis.

English Language Requirements

CAE score
180(Grade C)

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A UK first or 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a Social Sciences, Humanities or Arts discipline. Applicants from a non-related discipline will be considered on an individual basis.

Applicants with other degrees in a related discipline with relevant work experience will be considered on an individual basis..

English Language Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 (min 6 in all areas)

  • Pearson: 58 (51 in all subscores)

  • BrunELT: 65% (min 60% in all areas)

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Work Experience

No work experience is required.

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