The Foundation Course

Involves clinical experience.

The Institute’s Foundation Course is aimed at those wanting to gain a deeper knowledge of psychoanalytic ideas and the ways in which they are applied in clinical work.

This course is a good option if you are thinking about a future training in psychoanalysis – but also if you are just interested in psychoanalytic thinking and clinical experience.

Our Foundation Course is open to all professionals with a university degree, including but not limited to those working in fields related to mental health. We also welcome recently qualified graduates who are thinking about a career in psychoanalysis. While our Introductory Lectures and Seminars precede the Foundation Course in terms of level and content, it is not necessary to have attended them before participating in this course.

Seminars usually take place on Thursday evenings from 7.45pm to 10.15pm throughout the academic year. Each evening is divided into a theoretical seminar, followed by a clinical work discussion seminar.

There is also an optional pathway that enables students accepted for the Foundation Course and for either the MA Psychoanalytic Studies at Birkbeck College, or the MSc Theoretical Psychoanalytical Studies at UCL, to have their work on the Foundation Course accredited as part of their degree programme. For further details, please contact Dr Liz Allison ( or Professor Daniel Pick ( 

Help in finding a suitable honorary placement may be offered to those participants who have not yet gained any experience in the field of mental health. Foundation course students receive access to Pep Web, the Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing Website (

The course fees for the foundation course are £1300 for the academic year, plus a £50 application fee. The rest of the course fee can be paid in two instalments. The first instalment of £800 is due before the course starts and the last instalment of £500 is due in December.

The Chair of the Foundation Course is Ms Hannah Solemani and applicants to the course will be invited to attend an interview with her to assess their suitability to attend.  To request an application form, or if you have any queries, please email the Foundation Course administrator, Katerina Tsami-Cole: We start accepting applications to the Foundation Course in January. The deadline for completed applications is Friday 8th September 2017.

Click here to apply online.