University of Essex

Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies

MA Refugee Care


Wivenhoe Park

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester, England

United Kingdom

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MA Refugee Care

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Do you or are you looking to work with refugees, asylum seekers or other displaced groups of people? How can you care for these people more effectively? How can therapeutic dimensions of care and psychosocial perspectives help to understand the multi-dimensional complexities of the refugee experience? Our MA Refugee Care combines expertise from both our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies and the Tavistock Centre to bring an innovative twin-site Masters (two modules are taught at the Tavistock Centre in London and two modules at our Centre for Psychoanalytic Studies in Colchester) in the study of refugee care. The central focus of this course is to introduce a therapeutic dimension and a psychosocial perspective to working with this group of people and is the only postgraduate course to offer a combination of modules with this emphasis, making a clear distinction between offering psychotherapy and being therapeutic in working with refugees. There is a good mix of practical and experiential elements, such as placements and institutional observations, to support a sound theoretical framework to understand the complexities of the refugee experience, such as family and societal factors, interactions with various services, institutions and organisations, and the inter-personal dynamics involved between refugees and their workers. Our course is offered one year full-time, two years part-time or modular (up to five years), and teaching is for 25 weeks (over two and a half terms from October to mid-May). It is also possible to apply for a doctoral programme in refugee care, completing this MA first (without the dissertation) and then continuing to work on your PhD thesis (for an additional two years full-time or four years part-time).


Postgraduate study qualification from the University of Essex.

International Student Requirements:

IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: No

International Financial Aid: No

Classification: Higher Education Institution (Not Carnegie Classified)

Locale: Small City

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