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Postgraduate Diploma On Campus

Psychodynamic Approaches

University of Essex

9 months
13028 GBP/year
6072 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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Taught at our Colchester Campus, this Psychodynamic Approaches course at University of Essex  offers a grounding in psychodynamic theory and its applications.

Visit the official programme website for more information


It can be pursued in its own right if you're interested in the psychodynamic approach but also constitutes the first year of our Grad Dip/MA training in Psychodynamic Counselling (if you have taken our FdA/BA Therapeutic Communication and Therapeutic Organisations (TCTO) course you can enter the MA direct).

If you're a psychology graduate, this course is the ideal next step if you wish to progress in the field of psychodynamic counselling. It also provides a route to a counselling and psychotherapy qualification for professionals, such as teachers, social workers, nurses and care workers.

Your future

As this is the first year of the Psychodynamic Approaches course at University of Essex training most graduates progress towards qualification with the MA Psychodynamic Counselling. Other graduates go on to a number of different destinations, including further study and training in psychoanalysis, Jungian analysis, or psychoanalytic psychotherapy, or take their new understanding back to enrich their related professional work.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Psychodynamic Observation for Counsellors

  • Personal Development

  • The counselling relationship and counselling techniques

  • Counselling Contexts

  • Group and Organisational Dynamics for Counsellors

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 9 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

We recommend that you apply as soon as you are able to.


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • We will consider applications with an overall grade of 2:2 and above.
  • It is desirable for you to have had some relevant experience in a caring or supportive role. Experience of your own counselling or therapy is also an asset.
  • With your online application you must submit a personal statement; this should detail the reasons for wanting to study the course, including any relevant experience (work or voluntary) that may support your application.
  • You must also have a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check (including child and adult barred list check) this is organised by the University.
  • A satisfactory Overseas Criminal Record Check/Local Police Certificate is also required, in addition to a DBS check, where you have lived outside of the UK in the last 5 years for 6 months or more.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    13028 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 13028 GBP per year during 9 months.
  • National

    6072 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6072 GBP per year during 9 months.

Living costs for Colchester

660 - 1140 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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