Interdisciplinary training in adult psychotherapy (M1)

Course overview

This course is the most advanced psychoanalytic psychotherapy training in the UK for people working in the public sector. It offers you a unique combination of intensive analytic teaching and practice alongside training in the application of psychoanalytic ideas to a variety of patient groups both in mental health and general medicine.

A requirement of this course is that you are in intensive personal psychoanalytic psychotherapy at a minimum frequency of three times per week. The course itself consists of theoretical and clinical seminars, clinical supervisions and tutorials that are all studies alongside therapeutic work with patients. The training follows the British Object Relations school of psychoanalysis. You will study the history of psychoanalytic theory from Freud to all the major contributors to psychoanalysis in Britain, including more recent analysts who have influenced current practice and thinking.

You will explore the developmental tasks of infancy, childhood, latency and adolescence, personality structure and psychopathology, psychosomatic disorders, and theories of depression and anxiety. There are a number of specialist workshops that you might also join, for example trauma, working with couples and groups. All aspects of analytic understanding and technique including transference, countertransference, free association and dreams will also be covered. In the clinical part of this course you will be supervised in how to treat intensive psychotherapy cases and individual once-weekly cases three times per week.

You may also choose to train in conducting assessments, brief dynamic interventions and groups. You may wish to gain experience in becoming a clinical supervisor, teaching analytic principles and getting involved in current research and audit projects.

In order to achieve professional accreditation you will be required to submit a 10,000 word written case study for assessment.

This course will lead to qualification as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and full accreditation with the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). In order to achieve this, the course can be studied by one of two routes.

Route one (full public sector training) will equip you to work as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist at a consultant level in the NHS through gaining competence in a large range of public sector applications as well as training in the intensive analytic treatment of patients. The applications include – individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy, applied work andsupervision.

The second newly established route is less demanding in terms of your clinical requirements, focussing on the ‘core’ intensive analytic work as well as on gaining expertise in once weekly work. If you follow this second route, you may still be able to partake in additional clinical work but it is not an expectation that you will become proficient in these other areas. On qualification you will be eligible to work as an adult psychotherapist.

Both routes of study lead to registration with the BPC as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.

This course is for you if you are a clinician with some experience in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and are interested in developing your skills in intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

In order to undertake this course, we ask that you:

  • have completed a graduate degree
  • have a minimum of three years’ clinical experience (including at least 18 months of having worked with a patient in weekly psychotherapy,  supervised by a psychoanalytic psychotherapist)
  • have a working knowledge of psychoanalytic theories and technique
  • have had at least two years of weekly personal psychotherapy with a BPC accredited psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst

Home / EU

£5170 per annum


£10,340 per annum

Please note that these course fees will increase by an uplift of 2% or CPI each year, whichever is greater.

This fee excludes the cost of intensive case supervision on both training cases.

We are happy offer a range of ways to pay your fees, as well as some funding for specific courses.  

Please contact us if you have any questions. 

The previous code for this course was M1.

Professional Qualification & Clinical Training
Course length:
4 years
Thursday afternoons
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
Course lead:
Francesca Hume