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Psychodynamics of Human Development

Birkbeck, University of London

24 months
9690 GBP/year
6660 GBP/year
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This Master's degree in Psychodynamics of Human Development at Birkbeck, University of London provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories.

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This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory. You will also be taught research methods and complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation.

This Psychodynamics of Human Development programme at Birkbeck, University of London is designed to provide professional and personal development for those working in settings such as community care, counselling, social services, primary care, mental health and education. It is a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.


  • A valuable opportunity to combine the knowledge of practising clinicians from a leading psychotherapy training institution with the research expertise of an internationally recognised university department.
  • The infant observation component provides experiential learning that can be accredited for psychotherapy training.
  • Choose between psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic approaches.

Careers and Employability

Graduates can pursue careers in psychotherapy, psychology and education. They can also apply for training in child and adolescent psychotherapy, adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy or Jungian analytic psychotherapy. Possible professions include psychotherapist, clinical psychologist or further education lecturer. This degree may also be useful in becoming an educational psychologist or careers adviser.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Dissertation MSc Psychodynamics of Human Development
  • Infant Observation
  • Psychoanalytic or Jungian Analytic Theory
  • Work Discussion

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

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You are strongly advised to apply now, to ensure there are still places on your chosen course and to give you time to complete the admissions process.


180 alternative credits


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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage.
  • Our standard postgraduate entry requirement for international students is a second-class honours degree (2:2 or above) from a UK university or an equivalent international qualification.
  • We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck on its individual merits and your professional qualifications and/or relevant work experience will be taken into consideration positively. 
  • We actively support and encourage applications from mature learners.
  • On your application form, please list all your relevant qualifications and experience, including those you expect to achieve.

Tuition Fee

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    9690 GBP/year
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    6660 GBP/year
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Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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