Master of Arts in Psychoanalysis
The Global Centre for Advanced Studies
25 Sep 2023
Earliest start date
This program is accredited via our partnership with Woolf University.
GCAS is pleased to offer an advanced degree in psychoanalysis, accredited by the European Union. Your research will be supported by some of the world’s leading thinkers, and practitioners in psychoanalysis. Our MA in psychoanalysis exposes you to a history of psychoanalysis, psychology, and theory. The program is divided into two parts:
- 10 short courses (3 ECTS credits each for a total of 30)
- 60 ECTS credits with MA thesis research, writing, and defending.
The program joins some of the most reputable contemporary thinkers in psychoanalysis, to introduce different positions in the psychoanalytic landscape. Its aim is to create a dialogue between different understandings of psychoanalysis, apply psychoanalysis to problems beyond the individual subject, and develop models of understanding the human mind in its interaction with the world beyond single psychoanalytic positions.
This is achieved by not capitalizing on any single figure in the psychoanalytic tradition and instead providing perspectives of classical and contemporary approaches to understanding psychoanalysis. These perspectives include but are not limited to, Jungian, Freudian, Lacanian, Deleuzian, and Winnecotian positions–interpreted by some of the most reputable contemporary figures like Bruce Fink, Todd McGowan, Jamison Webster, and others. It empowers MA researchers to understand psychoanalysis as a tool allowing a critical analysis of the human condition in its meanings and crises. United by this aim, the program navigates through topics such as the analysis of religious phenomena such as Daoism, Buddhism, and Christianity, literature and film, clinical cases of the mind and the body, contemporary and historical political crises, and possible future developments of psychoanalytic theory.
The program empowers MA researchers to understand psychoanalysis as a tool allowing a critical analysis of the human condition in its meanings and crises. United by this aim, the program navigates through topics such as the analysis of religious phenomena such as Daoism, Buddhism, and Christianity; literature and film; clinical cases of the mind and the body, contemporary and historical political crises, classical metaphysical problems and possible future developments of psychoanalytic theory. MA researchers are encouraged to apply the psychoanalytic paradigms introduced in the program to tackle research questions of pressing relevance to the contemporary human condition.
The program is currently accredited by the European Union. Once completed, the degree can be used to continue into post-graduate education and apply for corporate or other positions. The degree does not enable you to practice as a clinical psychologist or psychoanalyst, but it does assist in being trained to become a practitioner. GCAS is working on a partnership with an accredited institution that has the authority to issue a license to practice in some places. GCAS also offers a Ph.D. specialization in Psychoanalysis to which graduates of the MA in Psychoanalysis are invited to apply.
*subject to change depending on EU regulations.