jointly run with birkbeck
A pre-clinical course providing preparation for training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist, psychoanalytic psychotherapist or Jungian analyst, personal and professional development for those working in Social Care, Counselling, Social Services, Primary Care, Mental Health and Education, exploration for a career change to therapeutic work or psychotherapy.
who is it for
The course 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 also gives a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.
Two year infant observation, following an established practice for learning about the psychodynamics of human development through detailed weekly observation of an infant from birth with support from seminar discussion.
Work study seminars, following an established model of close observation of the work setting including personal and interpersonal responses and organisational dynamics.
A dissertation based on independent research into the psychodynamics of human development using a psychoanalytic or Jungian analytic theory and research methods taught by the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck College. A post-graduate diploma is available for those not taking the research component.
For more information, please see the course handbook.
You can choose:
Wednesday evenings between 5-10pm over 6 academic terms and one study day per term.
For more information about the times and location of classes see the course handbook:
Our standard postgraduate entry requirement is a second-class
Experience of working with children, adults or families is an advantage.
international entry requirements
Please visit Birkbeck College's page
Part-time home/EU students: £6,510 pa
Part-time international students: £9,510 pa
Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.
Postgraduate funding for prospective MSc students planning to complete the MSc as part of the preclinical requirements for the child & adolescent psychotherapy training
Health Education England funding to improve equity of access and inclusion for Black, Asian and minority ethnic entrants and financially disadvantaged candidates to child and adolescent psychotherapy training
how to apply
We will review every postgraduate application to Birkbeck/bpf 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.
Apply now to secure your place and allow enough time for the application and enrolment process. You do not need to have completed your current qualification to start your application.
Pre-course reading lists
The bpf building has limited access - please email Sandra Perreira, the course administrator to discuss your needs - firstname.lastname@example.org.
Being taught seminars by many well known names within the field was a privilege; the infant observation component brought alive the theory being studied; and the academic support of my tutor enabled me to write a thesis that was later published.
The MSc has helped me to develop a new way of thinking about people and interactions. I have found the opportunity to observe an infant from birth for the first 18 months of their development a real privilege which has allowed the theory to be brought to life. The course strikes an excellent balance between theory and practice and is a great foundation for many careers.
This course has undoubtedly changed my life and been hugely influential.
The bpf is committed to diversity and inclusivity in all the work we deliver. We are fully dedicated to promoting, maintaining and supporting equality of opportunity in all aspects of our organisation and, as such, the bpf welcomes applications from all sections of society.