ProfMasters Group Analytic Psychotherapy

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 180)

The Professional Masters in Group Analytic Psychotherapy is a five-year part-time postgraduate course. 


Curricular information is subject to change

Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

Group Analysis focuses on the relationship between the individual and the group, emphasising the essentially social nature of human experience. 

As a therapeutic tool, Group Analysis aims to strengthen the relationship between the individual and the group to achieve a healthier integration of the individual in his or her communal network.  

The ethos of Group Analysis as proposed by Foulkes (1975) gives weight and value to the experiential nature of learning in a group. As a result, group analytic training privileges group participation, for all members of the group including the conductors, as the core method of learning.  Attendance and willingness to engage are therefore fundamental to an optimal group experience at every level of the training. 

Group Analytic Course(s) offers a learning experience which includes personal therapy in a group, theory, supervised practice and clinical based inquiry & research.  

The main characteristics of this course are:

  • A commitment to a learning experience which includes personal therapy in a group, theory and methodology, supervised practice and clinical based inquiry & research. 
  • A commitment to experiential learning where an emphasis is given to the experience of group analytic therapy. 
  • A commitment to applied learning in and through practice.
  • A commitment to clinical and applied inquiry and research.
  • An emphasis on clinical training.
  • An emphasis on working with the individual and the group and the individual in the group.   

Learning Outcomes:

  • Display a systematic understanding of psychoanalytic theory and a comprehensive and integrated understanding of group analytic theory and the informed application of such theories 

  • Demonstrate advanced techniques of a group analytic conductor in action 

  • Understand the rigours of an ethical and professional clinical practice and display standards appropriate to a professional mental health setting

  • In years 3 to 5 establish, conduct and maintain an analytic psychotherapy group and demonstrate the capacity to contain and analyse complex group dynamics 

  • Demonstrate a capacity for in-depth reflective practice through engagement in clinical supervision groups

  • Demonstrate self-awareness and emergent insight in the dynamic context of various groups. 

View All Modules Here

Please contact Brenda at for more information about these modules.

  • Group Analytic Psychotherapy 1 & 2
  • States of Mind, The Individual and the Group, Theory 1 & 2
  • Advanced Group Work Skills 1 & 2
  • Supervision, Inquiry and Group Work Practice 1 & 2
  • Advanced Group Analytic Psychotherapy 1, 2, & 3
  • Therapeutic Group Analytic Practice – Theory 1, 2 & 3
  • Advanced Supervision, Clinical Inquiry and Practice 1, 2 and 3
  • Advanced Group Analytic Skills 1, 2, & 3



2024/2025 Course Fees

XA24 Graduate Certificate in Group Analytic Studies: €3800

XA21 Professional Masters in Group Analytic Psychotherapy:

Year 1: €6200

Year 2: €6200

Year 3: €7200

Year 4: €8600

Year 5: €8600

For information on course fees please visit UCD Fees & Grants Office website.


The following entry routes are available:

Prof Masters Group Analytic Psychotherapy PT (XA21)
6 Years
Part Time