msc psychological therapies practice and research (psychodynamic/psychoanalytic therapy)

jointly run with exeter university

  • starts October 2021
  • Accessible from across the UK and Internationally

This flexible and dynamic programme was developed by the bpf in partnership with the University of Exeter. Uniquely designed to be accessible from across the UK (and internationally) the course and trainings offer an excellent standard of clinical and academic teaching delivered by experienced psychoanalytic psychotherapy clinicians, academics and researchers.

The MSc can be taken as a free standing programme, however it can also be used to form the first part of the National Training BPC accredited Qualifying Training.

who is it for

The programme is suitable for people who have an existing mental health qualification (psychiatry, psychology, social work, nursing) as well as for counsellors or those with a serious interest in psycho-dynamic and psycho-analytic models of thinking and work. Applicants should normally have an Undergraduate Degree (or equivalent) and should have some experience of working with in mental health or associated settings.

Successful completion of the MSc in Psychological Therapies Practice and Research (Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy) normally confers eligibility to progress to the two-year Qualifying Training leading to registration as an Adult Psychodynamic or as an Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

If you would like to discuss your individual situation, you are welcome to contact us for an informal conversation.

course content

This MSc comprises a lively programme of clinical and theoretical seminars in which students are introduced to different psychoanalytic schools of thought.  The modules that form the basis of the course include the following: 

  • Clinical Practice: developing clinical skills under psychodynamic supervision whilst on placement.
  • Psychoanalytic Theory: reading and discussing classical and contemporary psychoanalytic theory
  • Institutional Observation: developing psychoanalytic observation skills and using these to understand the dynamic forces that affect individuals in groups and organisations.
  • Research: Learning about models of research that are suitable for psychoanalytic work and engaging in a small scale piece of research.
  • Personal therapy/analysis.

More information about the content can be found on University of Exeter's website.


The programme delivery allows participation across the UK and internationally. The training is structured to support students at a distance. There will be an intensive academic block (5 days) once a term attended in person. These are supported by fortnightly Learning Sets taking place at locations across the UK. These Learning Sets can also be joined remotely by Skype/Zoom. Students will undertake their personal therapy, clinical supervision and clinical practice locally to them.

For more information visit the course page on University of Exeter website, but please note that this website is currently under review and restructure.  If in doubt, please contact the course directly at:

entry requirements

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced people seeking either to deepen their understanding of the application of psychoanalytically informed ideas and clinical practice within their own mental health discipline or to continue other pathways to train to become a Qualified Psychodynamic or Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist.

Applicants who are unsure as to whether their existing qualifications and experience make them eligible to apply, or who would like advice on how to gain the necessary prerequisites should contact the programme administrator to discuss.

Students will undertake their personal therapy, clinical supervision and clinical practice (all requirements of this course) locally.


Home/EU: in the region of £7000 p.a.
£8000 p.a. for International students

Up to date information about fees is available from the University of Exeter website

These fees are eligible for postgraduate loans. For further details please visit the UK government postgraduate loan scheme information page.

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

HEE has provided funding to the bpf, and other ACP recognised training schools, in order to improve equity of access and inclusion to child and adolescent psychotherapy training programmes. The aim is to improve access and opportunities for our BAME and financially disadvantaged students. This funding has been agreed for this year only and the money has to be allocated by the end of March. Requests for this bursary must therefore be received by 10th March 2021.

CAPT is a graduate entry profession and applicants must have completed a recognised pre-clinical course which includes extended psychoanalytic infant observations, work discussion seminars, psychoanalytic theory and child development lectures. It is also recommended that all students undertake a year of personal psychoanalysis or psychoanalytic psychotherapy prior to application to the clinical training. It is therefore an important element of the pre-clinical experience but one where those from financially disadvantaged backgrounds would be further disadvantaged if they were not able to access personal psychoanalysis. We are therefore proposing that, in addition to course fees, a proportion of the bursary funding is used to support students, who meet the criteria, to access psychoanalysis.

The bursary scheme will be targeted at pre-clinical students who meet the following criteria:

1. express an intention to continue on to clinical training

2. have necessary residency status for future employment by Trusts (because the aim of the bursary scheme is to increase the number and diversity of people eligible to apply for the HEE funded clinical training in CAPT)

There are two groups of students to whom this may apply:

1. Those who are currently enrolled on one of the recognised pre-clinical courses who, for reasons of financial disadvantage, may be struggling to pay course fees and therefore may not be able to complete the pre-clinical course. These students might be in year 1 or 2 of the course so would require either 1 or 2 year’s course fees to be funded.

2. Those who are currently applying to commence the course in September 2022 and who meet the criteria for receiving support. These individuals would require 2 year’s course fees to be funded.

how to apply

Up to date information about the application process can be found on the University of Exeter website

For details on how to apply please click here.


Currently there are no resources available for this course.

access information

The University building and the current learning set locations are wheelchair accessible.

contact us

For further information please contact the programme administrator:

Address: Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, Washington Singer, Perry Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG.
Phone: +44 (0)1392 725753 

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.