Psychoanalytic sociology and the psychosocial

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Sociology at The Open University has a long history of engagement with psychoanalysis and the psychosocial, not least in the work of Stuart Hall and Bob Bobcock. This interest is more vibrant today than ever. Peter Redman co-edits the journal Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society; Jessica Evans has worked extensively on psychoanalysis, culture and media, including on a number of important collaborations with Stuart Hall; and emeritus professor, Kath Woodward has recently published Psychosocial Studies: An Introduction (Routledge). Our ongoing research in this area has strong links to the Psychosocial research cluster in the Centre for Citizenship, Identities and Governance (CCIG) and research students will be part of a strong and sympathetic research community in the Faculty. We welcome applications in all areas of psychoanalytic sociology and the psychosocial, particularly those orientated towards the post-Kleinian and object relations traditions, and sociological explorations that challenge the boundaries of sociology with those informed by psychosocial and psychoanalytic approaches.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential research projects

  • Gender, sexuality and psycho-social dynamics

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

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