The Psychoanalysis Unit in collaboration with the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is host to a successful PhD programme in Psychoanalytic Studies. The main focus of the programme is to conduct original research culminating in the submission of a doctoral thesis. The programme also includes a taught component with fortnightly discussion groups on the subject of theoretical psychoanalysis, workshops for student presentations of research-in-progress and a range of courses covering more specialist research areas.

One aim of the programme is to initiate a doctoral culture in interdisciplinary studies that use psychoanalysis. Students from other UCL faculties, including The Slade Art School, Documentary Film Studies, Medical Anthropology, and the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES) are presently involved. 

Current students have initiated a reading group which, in addition to face to face seminars will include online presentations culminating in a poster conference to be held at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families at the end of the academic year. Students also have access to psychoanalytic conferences and seminars organized by the Psychoanalysis Unit at UCL which include inter-faculty seminars which bring together staff at UCL with an interest in psychoanalysis.  

Career prospects

The PhD is not a clinical programme, but provides an interesting background to formal clinical training and some students pursue this option. Some career advice can be offered to students in individual discussion with the Programme Director, who may be able to arrange for the student to have further discussion with colleagues, or to obtain fuller information about options (e.g. professional training) from relevant sources.

Please visit the UCL website for more information.


For all enquiries related to this course, please contact the Programme Administrator Helen King.


'An interesting and eclectic group of students and generous facilitation makes for very lively discussions of set texts and individual projects.' PatriciaPart-time UK student

'A unique opportunity to experience collegiate life and pursue professional development at world class facilities. The program is exceptional.' Michael, Full-time student



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