MPhil/PhD Psychoanalytic Studies

  Postgraduate Study

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 Funded PhD Programme (European/UK Students Only)

About the Programme

The Psychoanalysis Unit hosts a successful PhD programme in Psychoanalytic Studies. The Unit is a thriving academic research group based in UCL's Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology. UCL is the top-ranked university in the UK for research in Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience.

The Unit offers a unique and world-renowned research and teaching programme carried out by academics, the large majority of whom are psychoanalytically trained members of the International Psychoanalytic Association. It also has access to the research projects and supervisory skills of psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic child psychotherapists at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, as well as members of the Yale Faculty who have honorary professorial contracts with the potential to take on advisory responsibilities. The Unit is also interdisciplinary with input from other faculty within UCL and has strong research collaborations with other leading research centres worldwide. It has a number of important national and international affiliations, including the Anna Freud Centre and leading scholars at Yale and Harvard Universities.

The Unit is one of the leading psychoanalysis research centres in the world, and offers a unique combination of theoretical and empirical approaches. The PhD programme is directed by Professor Patrick Luyten and available supervisors include Peter Fonagy, Nick Midgley, Liz Allison and Katerina Fotopoulou:

The main focus of the programme is to conduct original research supervised by two faculty members culminating in the submission of a doctoral thesis. The programme also includes a taught component including fortnightly discussion groups on the subject of theoretical psychoanalysis and workshops for student presentations of research-in-progress.

Our MPhil/PhD Students also benefit from the Doctoral Skills Development programme, providing a range of training, collaboration and networking opportunities for PhD researchers.

Funding notes

Scholarships may be available on a competitive basis in this area. Please visit our website for more information

There are currently no available studentships. Any future studentships will be advertised when available.

How to apply

Information on entry requirements, fees and how to apply can be found on our webpages

Please note the following changes to EU student Status:

• EU students will be liable for international fees from 1 August 2021 onwards. You must apply to UCL by 1 May if you wish to start before this deadline.

• If you are currently studying for a degree in the UK and are living in the UK as of 31 December 2020, you should be able to apply for pre-settled/settled status; you must apply for this status by 30 June, 2021. N.B. UCL cannot currently confirm the fee status for those with pre-settled/settled status for entries after 1 August 2021.

This means the formal start date must be by 31st July 2021 to qualify for Home Fees - an offer must be in place by that start date - enrolment needs to take place within 2 weeks of the start date.

For general enquiries, please contact

Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. It is available to citizens of a number of European countries (including the UK). In most cases this will include all EU nationals. However full funding may not be available to all applicants and you should read the full programme details for further information.
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