Master of Studies in Psychodynamic Practice

  • 1. Candidates will be expected to have satisfactorily completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice.

  • 2. The course will consist of Day Workshops, research methodology and application seminars, clinical seminars, individual clinical and research tutorials, and continuing personal therapy and supervised practice. The course will be taken on a part-time basis for a period of one year's duration.

  • 3. Every candidate will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    [For students starting before MT 2017:
    • (a) attendance at Day Workshops, research methodology and application seminars, clinical seminars, individual clinical and research tutorials, and personal therapy and clinical placement sessions;

    • (b) submission of a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words on a topic selected by the student in consultation with the research tutor and course director and agreed by the external examiner. The dissertation must be forwarded to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, for receipt not later than noon on the last Friday of September in the year in which the course is studied. Material already submitted for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice may not be included;

    • (c) participation in a minimum of 17 placement supervisions and at least 100 hours of client/patient contact, and submission of an end-of-year report by a candidate's placement supervisor;

    • (d) participation in a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy (exceptions may be made for candidates who have had extensive personal therapy previously);

    • (e) submission of annual reports from both research and clinical tutors;

    • (f) a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study.]

    [For students starting from MT 2017:
    • (a) submission of a dissertation of no more than 15,000 words on a topic selected by the candidate in consultation with the research tutor and course director and approved by any two of the examiners. The dissertation must be submitted in hard copy and in digital copy, format to be prescribed in the course handbook, to the examiners c/o Registry, Department for Continuing Education, Wellington Square, Oxford, OX1 2JA, for receipt not later than noon on the last Friday of September in the year in which the course is studied. Material already submitted for the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice may not be included;

    • (b) participation in a minimum of 100 hours of client/patient contact, with placement supervisions at a minimum ratio of 1:6, and submission of an end-of-year report by a candidate's placement supervisor;

    • (c) participation in a minimum of 40 hours of personal therapy (exceptions may be made for candidates who have had extensive personal therapy previously);

    • (d) submission of annual reports from both research and clinical tutors;

    • (e) a viva voce examination at the end of the course of study.]

  • 4. The examiners may award a distinction for excellence in the whole examination.

  • 5. A candidate whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiner may be permitted to resubmit on one further occasion only not later than one year after the initial failure. [For students starting before MT 2017: Approval for deferral must be obtained from the relevant board of studies.]

  • 6. If any candidate who is successful in the examination for the Degree of Master of Studies in Psychodynamic Practice has previously successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Practice, the Master of Studies will subsume their diploma.