MPhil Psychoanalytic Studies

Trinity College Dublin

Course Overview

The Masters of Philosophy in Psychoanalytic Studies offers graduates a thorough introduction to the history,

theory and applications in clinical work and in the wider culture of psychoanalysis from Freud to modern writers in this broad field. The course is of interest to people from a variety of backgrounds, including graduates of psychology, philosophy, and other university programmes, as well mental health professionals, people who work in the fields of the arts, education and health, among others.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Dublin City

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time

When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?


Placement options

Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places


Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 19,414

Living Costs per year

€ 12,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits

  • The course offers students with an opportunity to develop a strong basis for future training and academic study in the field of psychoanalysis and to engage in critical debate around its hypotheses around human experience.
  • Psychoanalysis has been in existence as a study for approximately 120 years. It has developed ways of understanding common and uncommon experiences as well as a number of ways of responding psychotherapeutically to enhance experience and help people with specific psychological problems.
  • A range of psychoanalytic schools are considered, with a recognition of the value of a variety of accounts in bringing together a fuller picture of psychological life.
  • Over the course of its evolution as a course, new modules and perspectives have been added.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

Applications are normally accepted only from persons with a first or upper second class degree (2.1) in an appropriate arts, social science or science subject.

English Requirements

• IELTS: Grade 6.5 overall
• TOEFL: 88 internet-based, 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based. The test taken here should be TOEFL IBT
• Pearson Test of English (Academic) – PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 to be eligible (with no section score below 59)
• Duolingo English Test: minimum overall score of 110/160, dated since January 2020

Special Entry Requirements


Career Prospects

By the end of the course, students should be able to:-
1. Apply psychoanalytic ideas to understanding aspects of culture in a way that is non-reductionistic and that reflects the variety of perspectives that psychoanalytic thinking has presented;
2. Describe the overall context of psychoanalytic theory, including those aspects of human experience and of culture that influenced its emergence and it development;
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the body of Freud’s psychoanalytic theory, including his
topographical and structural models;
4. Articulate an understanding of psychoanalytic ideas in non-technical terms and bring this to thinking about everyday experience;
5. Demonstrate an understanding of post-Freudian developments in psychoanalysis and the shifts that psychoanalysis has taken as it has debated, evaluated and modified many of its central assertions;
6. Describe the process by which a child develops emotionally in the context of his relationship with his family, school and social environment;


*Please note meeting the minimum requirements is necessary for application to the course and not an indicator of admission success and test scores are only valid for two years.*