Diploma in Psychoanalysis


Course: Diploma in Psychoanalysis

Start date: 23 September 2019

Duration: 10 weeks, one evening per week from 6.30 to 9.30pm

Course fee: classroom-based €995 (or €1,095 if paying the course fee in instalments), online €895 (or €995 if paying the course fee in instalments)
Non-EU students: €1,295

ICM registration: £76 will be payable to The Institute of Commercial Management for registration. Please note that a City Colleges’ Diploma will be issued if you choose not to register with ICM

Multi-Course Discount: Students who register for two or more courses can do so at a fee of €995 per course.

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This module presents an in-depth introduction to the basic concepts in Psychoanalysis. This introductory module will help students to understand the history and origins of psychoanalysis, the theory developed by Freud and the analysis of some of his most important cases where theory meets clinical work.

Over the course of ten classes, the student will be brought through a series of lectures dealing with concepts which are central to psychoanalysis, such as the unconscious, hysteria, obsessional neurosis, libido theory, repression and the Oedipal complex. These will be addressed theoretically and with reference to case studies. The last four weeks of the module will address the post-Freudian developments in psychoanalysis, with an emphasis on the respective aspects of Freudian theory upon which they are based. Finally, the module will address the position of psychoanalysis in relation to the challenges thrown up by the movement towards evidence based treatments and prevailing psychiatric diagnostic categories.



  • Week 1:  What it is psychoanalysis?  Freud: neuropathology to psychoanalysis. ‘The psychopathology of everyday life’ – case analysis

    Week 2:  The unconscious and the Freudian unconscious. Primary and secondary processes. Dreams are the royal road to the unconscious.

    Week 3:  Studies in Hysteria: Charcot’s hypnoses and suggestion, Freud and Breuer concept of abreaction.

    Week 4: Neurosis: Dora and Rat Man. Transference, femininity and obsession.

    Week 5: Freud’s Libido theory. Psychoanalytic Breaks: Jungian (Analytic Psychology) Adler (Individual Psychology)

    Week 6: Child analysis: Anna Freud’s Oedipus Complex and Melanie Klein’s partial object

    Week 7: Relation to the object: Winnicott’s transitional object and Bowlby’s attachment theory

    Week 9: Jacques Lacan: return to Freud

    Week 10: Psychoanalysis’ ethical framework and the challenges of today’s empirical research, neuroscience and DSM

  • Assessment will be by way of a 2,500 word assignment.

  • Why City Colleges?

    • Courses for students who are passionate about their subject, delivered by leaders in their field.
    • Live lectures which are also streamed live on Moodle and recorded for review
    • City centre location in South Great George’s Street, convenient for bus, LUAS, DART
    • Southside Dublin location in DundrumStudy rooms and library in our City Centre and Dundrum locations
    • Limited class size
    • Parking

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Please contact us on: 1850 25 27 40, 01 4160034  or email info@citycolleges.ie