Foundations of psychodynamic psychotherapy (D58) Masters

Course overview

This course will introduce you to a psychoanalytic way of thinking about your clinical work and form a solid foundation from which to pursue further training in psychotherapy.

This course is centred on clinical work. You will undertake a supervised clinical placement, seeing a patient for psychotherapy once a week in the NHS for a period of a whole calendar year. You will also learn through theory seminars on fundamental psychoanalytic concepts and texts, supervision groups, and clinical seminars.

This is a popular course and likely to be oversubscribed so early application is advised. 

Supervision groups

You will meet in a small supervised group on a weekly basis throughout the first two years. In this group you will present detailed sessions of your work with your psychotherapy patient. The focus is on developing the basic clinical skills of psychotherapy – maintaining the setting, understanding transference and countertransference, formulating interpretations, risk assessment and management, and appropriate record keeping. 

Please note, you will be seeing your patient  on placement in an NHS or equivalent setting. It is extremely unlikely that you will be able to see a patient at the Tavistock Clinic and therefore, you will need to secure your own placement. 

Clinical seminars

You will participate in a group with a clinical seminar leader where you will present your psychotherapy patient. The aim of this group is to reinforce the clinical skills learned in the supervision group and to link the clinical material with theoretical ideas and to introduce the idea of clinical formulation.

Theory seminars

The aim of weekly seminars is to introduce you to fundamental psychoanalytic concepts and texts, looking at these both historically and with reference to different theoretical traditions.

Personal psychotherapy

On this course you are required to be in personal psychotherapy at least once a week with a psychoanalytic psychotherapist registered by the BPC (please note: not psychodynamic psychotherapy). You need to have been in therapy continuously for at least six months before the course starts and you will need to continue your therapy at least until all clinical work is completed.

Term dates

D58 term dates 2018-19 [PDF]

This course will help you gain a deeper understanding of your clinical work and dynamics in clinical settings by approaching these from a psychoanalytic point of view.

You will be able to use this at work and apply it in a range of settings beyond psychotherapy. The course provides the first part of a unique British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) accredited training in psychodynamic psychotherapy.

It has received a very high student satisfaction rating on teaching and student support. All staff teaching on this course are experienced practising psychoanalytic psychotherapists.

This course is for mental health professionals who work across a number of sectors including the NHS. You might be a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker, nurse or be in another mental health role in the NHS or voluntary sector. Even if you do not have a clinical background in mental health you may still be considered if you have completed some psychoanalytically informed introductory training and a psychiatric placement.

This course is also available as an evening course: PCMATP0002 (BD58).

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

  • Have a good honours degree 
  • Have a professional qualification in Mental Health OR significant direct experience, paid or voluntary, of working within mental health (at least one year)
  • Have been in therapy for a least 6 months with a BPC registered psychoanalytic psychotherapist or psychoanalyst (NOT psychodynamic psychotherapist) prior to starting the course.

    Please note: These 3 points are essential prerequisites for being considered for the course.

If you do not have a professional clinical qualification, we ask that you have also have experience of working, volunteering or shadowing in a psychiatric setting.


Year 1: £5000

Year 2: £5000

Year 3: £2000


Year 1: £10000

Year 2: £10000

Year 3: £4000

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. 

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

The previous code for this course was D58.

MA / Masters
Course length:
3 years
All day Wednesdays
London, Leeds, Manchester
Theoretical approach:
Admission status:
Course lead:
Leezah Hertzmann

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