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Birkbeck, University of London: Psychodynamics of Human Development

Institution Birkbeck, University of London
Department Birkbeck Centre for Counselling
Telephone 0203 907 0700
Study type Taught


Our psychodynamics of human development course provides an understanding of human development through the theoretical and clinical issues raised by infant observation, through work study seminars and through psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic theories. This includes recent research in child development and contemporary issues in psychodynamic or Jungian analytic theory. You will also be taught research methods and complete an empirical or theoretical dissertation.

This 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 is a foundation, including accredited infant observation, for those considering psychotherapy training, and it fulfils the entry requirements for a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy Doctorate.

The course is taught jointly by Birkbeck and the British Psychotherapy Foundation (BPF). The first year is taught at the BPF, based in Kilburn (north-west London).

We offer this course as a Master’s or Postgraduate Diploma. For the Diploma you study fewer modules and do not complete a dissertation.


  • A valuable opportunity to combine the knowledge of practising clinicians from a leading psychotherapy training institution with the research expertise of an internationally recognised university department.

  • The infant observation component provides experiential learning that can be accredited for psychotherapy training.

  • Choose between psychoanalytic and Jungian analytic approaches.

Careers and employability

Graduates can pursue career paths in psychotherapy, psychology and education. They can also apply for training in child and adolescent psychotherapy, adult psychoanalytic psychotherapy or Jungian analytic psychotherapy. Possible professions include:

  • psychotherapist

  • clinical psychologist

  • further education lecturer

  • educational psychologist

  • careers adviser.

We offer a comprehensive careers service - Careers and Enterprise - your career partner during your time at Birkbeck and beyond. At every stage of your career journey, we empower you to take ownership of your future, helping you to make the connection between your experience, education and future ambitions.


Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

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