Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons)
Birkbeck, University of London
Key Course Facts
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.
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.
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|15 months after graduation||3 years after graduation||5 years after graduation|
|25-75 percentile range||£17529 - £23824||£14421 - £24447||£16794 - £28859|
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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.
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.
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% 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%||Artistic, literary and media occupations|
|5%||Business, Research and Administrative Professionals|
Grading & Study Time
Study Time Distribution
Students of the course received the following grades
Entry Requirements / Admissions
UCAS Tariff of Accepted Students for this course
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Requirements for international students / English requirements
IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)
- Mphil / PhD
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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|
Additional fee information
Average student cost of living in London
|Water, gas electricity, internet (at home)||£50|
|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|
|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
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)
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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.
Where is this programme taught
|Program||University||Student satisfaction||Unemployed||Dropout||Tuition (UK)||Tuition (International)||UCAS Tariff||City|
|Psychotherapy and Counselling for Children and Young People MSc||Plymouth Marjon University||-||-||-||£6500||£12000||-||Plymouth||On campus Part-time|
|Psychosocial Studies and Principles of Psychodynamic Counselling BA (Hons)||Birkbeck, University of London||100%||10%||10%||£9250||£14560||95||London||On campus Full-time|
|Health and Psychosocial Studies CertHE||Colchester Institute||93%||5%||19%||£8250||£8250||-||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Psychoanalytic Studies MA||University of Essex||93%||5%||19%||£8760||£18800||-||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Counselling and Psychotherapy Principles and Practices BSc (Hons)||University of Derby||88%||0%||15%||£9250||£14045||127||Derby||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling BSc (Hons)||University of Bolton||74%||5%||10%||£9250||£37350||99||Bolton||On campus Full-time|
|Psychosocial Studies MA||Birkbeck, University of London||-||-||0%||£9030||£16380||-||London||On campus Full-time|
|Advanced Psychotherapy and Counselling Studies MSc||Plymouth Marjon University||-||-||0%||£6500||£12500||-||Plymouth||On campus Full-time|
|Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies (Including Year Abroad) BA (Hons)||University of Essex||82%||4%||10%||£9250||£16850||105||Colchester||On campus Full-time|
|Psychology, Psychotherapy and Counselling with foundation year BSc (Hons)||University of Bolton||74%||5%||10%||£9250||£46600||99||Bolton||On campus Full-time|