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Key Information

Date: September 2017
Course length: Full training 4 years, Advanced Standing minimum of 2 years
Fee 2017-18: £4500 per year
Venue: Tavistock Relationships, 70 Warren Street, London, W1T 5PB
Course code: CT1

Applications now being accepted for 2017




This unique four-year programme is a clinical training in couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy combined with an academic training to MA level. It also provides a route to the Professional Doctorate in Couple Psychotherapy.

This training provides a comprehensive understanding of psychoanalytic theory and techniques as it relates to the adult couple relationship and builds on and deepens the student's existing clinical experience. Clinical work with couples is provided through the Tavistock Relationships' clinical service, some of which is in co-therapy with experienced psychoanalytic couple therapists.

This is the only couple psychoanalytic psychotherapy training that leads to professional membership of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

Why study an MA in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships?

  • Train with experienced practitioners in the helping professions such as child, group and adult psychotherapy, counselling, psychology, psychiatry or social work
  • Couples provided by Tavistock Relationships and seen on our premises in our own consulting rooms
  • Co-therapy undertaken with senior staff
  • Individual supervision, tutorials and clinical administration included in the fee
  • A chance to be part of an Institution with over 65 years training and research experience
  • Benefit from Tavistock Relationships' long history of researching and writing about couple relationships

Who This Course Is For

Suitable for people who have had several years of post-qualifying experience in a helping profession such as counselling, psychology, social work or psychiatry.

We also have a popular two-year advanced standing programme for qualified psychoanalytic psychotherapists (child, adult or group). Please see the Advance Standing tab for more details.


  • BPC registration
  • Successful completion of programme MA in Couple Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at Tavistock Relationships leads to the award of Master of Arts by the University of East London.

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What Can It Lead To?

Our MA is a highly respected qualification internationally within the couple psychotherapy field and opens up specialist leadership roles.


Fees are all inclusive of seminars, procurement of clinical couples, clinical administration, supervision, tutorials and assessment. The fee does not include individual analysis/ psychotherapy which are independently negotiated with your therapist. Fees are increased by an inflationary amount each year.

Course dates & times

First year student contact hours

Wednesday 6:00pm - 8:45pm

Thursday 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have a first degree or equivalent professional qualification/experience and several years post-qualifying experience in the helping professions. For those undertaking the full training there is a requirement for personal analysis /psychoanalytic psychotherapy three times a week with a BPC registered psychotherapist to have commenced one year before application and to continue throughout the training. This requirement is modified for entrants with Advanced Standing who have already met the minimum three times a week personal analysis/psychoanalytic psychotherapy requirement. 

Futher information

Contact 020 7380 8288 training@tavistockrelationships.ac.uk


How to apply

An applicant is required to pay £120 at the point of application. This is made up of a £50 Admin fee and £70 interview fee. If they are not shortlisted for an interview, they will be refunded £70. The £50 is non -refundable and non- transferable. If they are offered an interview then the £70 is non –refundable and non- transferable.

Apply using the application form below:

Download application form here

Applications should be sent to:

Course Admissions
Tavistock Relationships

70 Warren Street
London W1T 5PB

Or via email to: training@tavistockrelationships.ac.uk

Closing date for applications

Applications close in JUNE 2017

Applicants complete an application form and short listed applicants are invited for 2 interviews: a work interview with a senior Tavistock Relationships staff member and a personal interview with an external interviewer. Offers of places on the training are made following a Selection Meeting.