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Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Doctor of Psychotherapy ( 3 years Full-time / 6 years Part-time )


This exciting and innovative programme is aimed at clinicians and senior professionals working within health and social care settings. The programme has been developed as a partnership between Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) and the Refugee Therapy Centre (RTC). Completion of the course will lead to a QMUL degree, and registration with the RTC as a fully qualified Intercultural therapist. RTC is an organisation member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA).

Information about the partnership

The partnership between QMUL and RTC was inaugurated in 2012 in order to apply the unique resources of each institution to the task of educating future psychotherapists to work interculturally and specifically with displaced persons. The objective of this collaboration is to provide training in an intercultural approach in the area of psychoanalytical psychotherapy with emphasis on refugees and ethnic minorities’ mental health. Through this collaborative partnership, QMUL and RTC together can ensure sustainable quality of training in the field. The focus of this partnership is to promote and improve capacity building for psychoanalytic psychotherapy, taking into consideration intercultural aspects of human relations. The partnership reflects the values and expertise of QMUL and RTC.

The four major areas of need identified for this programme are:

  • strengthening the training of health professionals;
  • strengthening the provision of intercultural psychoanalytic psychotherapy;
  • developing a network of professionals specialising in the field;
  • strengthening research capacity in this area.

This programme uniquely combines the theoretical and practical aspects of psychoanalytic theory with an intercultural approach towards therapeutic treatment for refugees, other minorities and people exposed to torture and other forms of human rights violation.

The Professional Doctorate in Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy programme consists of substantial taught and research components (50% each), and requires supervised clinical practice of two patients (one for 18 months and one for 24). The candidate needs to be in personal analysis with a clinician member and/or approved by the RTC of at least twice a week for one year prior to seeing patients.

Students learn the application of theory to innovative clinical practice; acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to practice as independent Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists after full qualification and registration with the RTC.

The programme is delivered over 3 years full time and 6 years part time, and the award is made on successful completion of both the academic and clinical components.*

*If students decided to enter as a full time student into the programme need to note the clinical part of the programme must be completed in 3 years.

This programme will:

  • Develop an in-depth knowledge and application of theories of contemporary psychoanalysis with focus on intercultural therapy.
  • Enable the use and critique of psychoanalytic methodology, its strengths and weaknesses, in the context of an inter-cultural approach specifically in relation to working with refugees and those experiencing trauma, violence and torture.
  • Provide critical evaluation of research literature and skills for presentation in discussion and in writing.
  • Provide students with an opportunity to apply theory to innovative clinical practice, in order to practice as an independent intercultural psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
  • Develop research skills and expertise and discover original knowledge to advance their clinical and research practice.

Why Us?


The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 results have shown that QMUL has risen to 9th place among multi-faculty institutions in the UK. The Centre for Psychiatry was ranked 5th in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 for research on public health, health services and primary care.

The RTC is an organisation member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis (CPJA)

Key Academics

Course Directors

Professor Kamaldeep Bhui
Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London.

Mr Lennox Thomas, RTC Clinical Training Programme Director

Further Information on general course queries and applications:

MSc Course Administrator
0207 882 2013

Rehana Patel, Business Administrator
0207 882 2038

Programme Information – Important points to note

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The Professional Doctorate in Intercultural Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy consists of 7 taught modules and clinical practice, including clinical placement as highlighted below:

Year 1

There will be three modules studied at level 8 (Total: 120 taught credits and 60 research credits)

  • Foundations of Contemporary Psychoanalysis (60 credits-towards the non-research component).
  • Intercultural Psychoanalysis: the evidence (60 credits-towards the non-research component).
  • Research Methods including the development of a study protocol (60 credits-towards the research component).
  • Clinical Placement: either 33% of time is spent on placement if already established at start of course as is the case for some candidates; or placement is established in the first year and not taken until year 2, 3.

Year 2

Students will take three modules (Total: 150 taught credits)

  • Psychoanalytical assessment and treatment in an intercultural context (30 credits).
  • Systemic approaches: organisations, groups and families (60 credits).
  • Intercultural psychoanalysis and its place in society (60 credits).
  • Clinical placement: either 33% of time is spent on placement if already begun in year 1; or 50% of time if begun in year 2. The clinical placement is intended to also be the venue for research activity, and gathering original data in the form of evaluation or reflective practice.

Year 3

Students will complete a Research Dissertation (210 research credits).

The research dissertation will include: a critical and systematic literature review, a coherent, original and detailed investigation which can take the form of:

  1. Original hypothesis driven research
  2. An exploratory qualitative study to understand a new area of evidence based practice or policy.
  3. A coherent series of detailed case studies that elaborate existing theories and challenge or improve them (for example, feasibility and pilot studies).

For detailed information on Research Dissertation

Full time

The professional doctorate will be undertaken over 3 years with clinical placement time split for 33% per year if taken from year 1 or 50% if taken from year 2.

Part time

The professional Doctorate can be studied part time.  This will be delivered one module per year and will be completed over 6 years. You will qualify on completion of all academic and clinical elements of the course. Given the demands of the course and time required to undertake original research, clinical placements, personal analysis and seeing patients, it is likely most students will be working part time.

Entry requirements

Students are accepted from diverse backgrounds and we wish to widen the range of applicants from black and ethnic minority backgrounds, including refugees and immigrants. The course is open to candidates from any discipline working in health and social care settings. We are open to applications from those with diverse experiences, so emphasis is placed on each individual's capacity for drawing on personal resources as well as on their ability to undertake an intellectually rigorous course. Educational achievement at Masters level is required, but in exceptional circumstances where there is evidence of a similar level of work, applicants will be considered.

Selection is on the basis of a written application form and an interview. Candidates must meet the following criteria:

  • A relevant first degree or equivalent, although candidates without a formal academic background but with adequate relevant experience may be considered for a QMUL MSc programme as an alternative, and on successful completion of that, can continue with the Professional Doctorate. All applicants will be asked to complete a timed essay on the day of their interview as part of the assessment of their academic ability.
  • At least one year of work-experience with relevant client groups, and be currently engaged in such work. 
  • Possessing an understanding of basic psychoanalytical knowledge before starting the programme, i.e. having successfully completed an introductory course of study.
  • In personal therapy with a psychoanalytical psychotherapist member and approved by the RTC for at least a year prior to seeing patients, at a minimum frequency of twice weekly.
  • Able to demonstrate a commitment to the objectives of the programme and to achieve the standard required for the work.
  • If relevant, candidates must also have the endorsement of their previous training institution and clinical supervisor; references will be required. References will be expected to show the candidates ability to engage with a period of research and professional training.

International Students

In the case of applicants whose first language is not English, IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent) is required. International qualifications will be checked for appropriate matriculation to UK Higher Education postgraduate programmes.

Students from outside of the UK help form the global community of QMUL. For detailed country specific entry requirements please visit the International section of our website here. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. Find out more about our English language entry requirements.

If you do not meet language or scholarly requirements it might be possible for you to undertake foundation or pre-sessional programmes that will prepare you for a masters programme. For more information, please contact the Admissions Office.

Learning and teaching

As students at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. Teaching is delivered using a mixture of formal lectures and small group seminars. The seminars are designed to generate informed discussion around set topics, and involve student presentations, group exercise, role-play, and open discussion.

We take pride in the close and friendly working relationship we have with our students. You are assigned a tutor with whom you will meet at least three times a year to discuss your individual progress, as well as other professional or personal concerns. In addition, you are assigned a dissertation supervisor who will support you with your research. Open seminars are held each semester for students to raise any questions about the programme, gain additional support with learning, and seek advice on career paths.

You will attend a fortnightly clinical seminar throughout the training. You will be engaged in your own personal therapy as an important support for your development and as an integral part of your training to become a therapist.

Each module has a module leader who is responsible for ensuring smooth running and effectiveness of your learning, and providing academic support during that module.


You will have access to Queen Mary’s comprehensive libraries, including the Postgraduate Reading Room, to the Refugee Therapy Centre’s specialist library, and The British Library can also be accessed as a research resource. You will have access to a large collection of basic medical texts in the main library at Mile End campus. The Library is open seven days a week. This resource is complemented by the two large medical archives based at the Royal London and at Barts in older, architecturally distinguished buildings that are well worth a visit just to experience their atmosphere.

Independent Study

Independent study will facilitate identification of your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


You will be assessed using a range of academic methods including essay, tutorial and participation, and a research dissertation. Your clinical work will be supervised by an approved trainer and located within services that are managed by the RTC.


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £6,950

Tuition fees for International students

2018/19 Academic Year
Full time £15,550


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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