Birkbeck, University of London
Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Our BA Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling combines the burgeoning, innovative and multidisciplinary field of psychosocial studies with an exploration of the principles that underpin psychodynamic counselling. You will explore social processes and experiences, including key ideas such as love, hate, power and change, while also studying the principles that underpin the practice of psychodynamic counselling. You will also look at how individual identity, including unconscious structures and dynamics, are developed in conjunction with, and do not exist apart from, the social categories and processes that shape our experience of who we are.

The programme is designed for those who want to understand the psychological and social dynamics and structures that create our social identity and to undertake a preparatory study of the practice of psychodynamic counselling, as a means of engaging directly with other people. One of the programme’s distinctive features is that it explores some of the key assumptions and principles of psychodynamic counselling, including how psychodynamic counsellors and therapists work clinically, from a psychosocial perspective.

The programme has also been designed to facilitate the development of your self-awareness and emotional sensibility, alongside the acquisition of intellectual knowledge, which could help you develop your personal interest or professional aspirations in any number of areas within the caring professions. It has been designed for students who are interested in a future career in psychodynamic counselling or psychotherapy, or those who wish to apply the principles and methods of psychodynamic counselling to their work or their lives.


  • Birkbeck has over 40 years' experience of teaching psychodynamic counselling and practice.

  • Staff within our innovative Department of Psychosocial Studies have a keen interest in the development of new and innovative psychosocial methods, as well as forging new theoretical trajectories across a range of critical fields of enquiry.

  • he Department is genuinely interdisciplinary, with academics coming from backgrounds in anthropology, cultural and postcolonial studies, education studies, gender and sexuality studies, literary studies, critical psychology, psychoanalytic studies and sociology.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), Sociology at Birkbeck was ranked 13th in the UK.

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 9 graduates of Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons) at Birkbeck, University of London for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in Psychotherapy.

Overall student satisfaction
100 /100
9 total respondents

Primarily based on data from undergraduate degree students.

The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of all UK Graduates of Psychotherapy

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £20235 £19076 £22550
25-75 percentile range £17529 - £23824 £14421 - £24447 £16794 - £28859

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling, BA (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Required skill level of job after 15 months

% Skilled jobs

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons) at Birkbeck, University of London

20% Managers, directors and senior officials
15% Caring personal services
10% Welfare and housing associate professionals
10% Business and public service associate professionals
5% Teaching and Childcare Support Occupation
5% Customer service occupations
5% Information Technology Professionals
5% Teaching Professionals
5% Artistic, literary and media occupations
5% Business, Research and Administrative Professionals

Grading & Study Time

Assessment Methods

Study Time Distribution

There are no examinations for this degree. Coursework includes formal academic essays and short pieces of professional/self-reflective writing to describe the development of increased capacity for self-awareness, emotional sensibility and interplay of subjective and social experience.

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-
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Tuition Fees Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons)

England UK £6935 year 1
Northern Ireland £6935 year 1
Scotland £6935 year 1
Wales £6935 year 1
International £10920 year 1

Additional fee information

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.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

Positions of Birkbeck, University of London in top UK and global rankings.

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What students say about studying Psychotherapy in the UK?

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About Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.

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Where is this programme taught

Birkbeck College - Bloomsbury Campus
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Main Site - Malet Street
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