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Psychodynamic Practice PGDip

University of Oxford

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Diploma

  • Location

    University of Oxford

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    21 months

Course summary

About the course

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Psychodynamic Practice is a two year part-time graduate course which forms part of the University of Oxford master’s in psychodynamic studies. The PGDip aims to integrate theoretical knowledge with clinical experience, and to that end you will have a clinical placement, clinical supervision, and be in personal therapy. The PGDip aims to bring trainees to the level of professional competence.

The course constitutes the second part of the University of Oxford's master's programme in psychodynamic practice, which is currently accredited by the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA). The accreditation may be liable to change but all students should apply for student membership of UPCA on starting the course. In addition, should you progress with your studies, you can apply individually to the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) after completion of the PGDip (Register) and after completion of the masters (Accreditation).

The PGDip enables those who wish to, to apply to the BACP to be on their Register following the completion of a Certificate of Proficiency.

From the PGDip course you may apply to continue on to the final part of the programme, the MSt in Psychodynamic Practice, for further supervised research and clinical tuition.


The course is assessed by five written assignments and one dissertation, and end of year tutor and supervisor reports. The five assignments will each count for 14% of the final mark, and the dissertation will count for 30% of the final mark.

A theoretical essay on a key psychodynamic concept (3,000 words)
Two case studies (each 3,000 words)
An elaborated extract(s) from the trainee’s placement log (3,000 words)
A Reflective Journal assignment (3,000 words)
A dissertation (10,000 words)

Over the two-year duration of the course you must also complete the following.

a minimum of 100 hours clinical contact with patients/clients
supervision sessions at a minimum 1.6 ratio to client hours
a minimum of 80 hours’ personal therapy with a psychodynamically trained and course-approved therapist/counsellor.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the PGDip course may apply to progress to the MSt in Psychodynamic Practice; approximately 50% of students do this.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 9,129per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Oxford

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  • Campus address

    University of Oxford, University Offices, Wellington Square, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 2JD, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    2nd out of 35 1

    1st out of 118

  • Entry standards

    / Max 239
    208 86%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    98.0 98%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

  • Entry standards

    / Max 216
    195 94%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5

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