GradCert Group Analytic Studies

Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 30)

The Graduate Certificate in Group Analytic Studies is a one-year course, offered over the course of 9 weekends in a block training format.  

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

Firstly, the course aims to support students to recognise the effect of group dynamics upon the self and others, and provides the opportunity to develop professionally and personally.  This course therefore will be of interest to professionals with an interest in working with and understanding group dynamics.

Rarely can any service or product be achieved by an individual without the help of others, yet we often focus on the work of individuals and do not adequately consider how people work together or fail to do so. 

Group Analysis training can offer new understanding to leaders, teams and organisational development experts by applying group analytic concepts to analysis of unconscious processes in organisations.   Through participation in reflective practice/work discussion groups, case study seminars, theory discussion groups and an experiential group, students have an opportunity to reflect on group interactions, relationships, and leadership phenomena. Students also will explore their own style of relating within a group. In short, the course provides a training in the here and now to observe and understand our own and others’ experiences in group.

Secondly, following successful completion of this course students can apply for entry to the Professional Masters in Group Analytic Psychotherapy, with the potential to exit after two years with a Masters in Applied Group Analytic Studies. 

  • Knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of group analysis and its emphasis on the social nature of the individual.
  • Understanding of the unconscious processes, including the social unconscious, at work within group life, personal and professional.
  • Capacity to better able to positively influence dynamics within group life to foster healthier group functioning.
  • Increased capacity to self- reflect and recognise personal and professional boundaries and the influence of these on relational life.
  • Develop communication skills that will enhance their participation in personal and professional group life.

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This course has 4 core modules:

  • Group Analytic Psychotherapy
  • The Theory of Group Analysis
  • Group Work Skills
  • Supervision and The Self


2024/2025 Course Fees

XA24 Graduate Certificate in Group Analytic Studies: €3800

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

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Cert Group Analytic Studies PT (XA24)
1 Years
Part Time