• Attachment Studies

Why study at Roehampton

  • In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the leading national assessment of quality, 100% of the research we submitted was rated “world leading” or “internationally excellent” for its impact.
  • The course is unique in offering students the opportunity to study a comprehensive range of attachment procedures at university level
  • The programme combines theory, practice and research in the field of child and adult attachment in troubled populations
  • The programme equips students with evaluation skills that will help them mount comprehensive assessments of attachment and family functioning
  • Roehampton is ranked best modern university in London (Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015)

This course offers practical and theoretical training in Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment.

This course offers practical and theoretical training in Patricia Crittenden’s Dynamic Maturational Model (DMM) of attachment. You have the opportunity to learn a wide range of validated attachment assessments using procedures such as: the Infant CARE-Index, Strange Situation for Pre-School Children, Narrative Story Stems and the Adult Attachment Interview. The course will suit clinicians and practitioners from the majority of health and social care disciplines, as well as students interested in attachment research at masters or PhD level.

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Key areas of study

  • Current developments in attachment theory and research, including neuroscience and non-human primates
  • DMM theory and research
  • Play and exploration
  • Observation of children and adults in natural settings including the family and larger systems including whole societies
  • Emphasis on a systems approach
  • A second assessment procedure – e.g. PAA, SAA, Narrative Stems, Child Attachment Interview, Parent Assessment Interview, Attachment Style Interview – and Video Interactive Guidance
  • The application of attachment theory and research to a variety of practice settings including forensic work with families and individuals
  • Discourse analysis used with the Adult Attachment Interview

Research areas

There is a wide research base to draw on, including children who are fostered or adopted; the assessment of parenting; adult and child mental health; adult attachment and neuro-imaging; and the forensic use of attachment studies in child protection and the penal system. The University has use of an MRI scanner.

Example modules

  • Naturalistic Observation including Family and Wider Social Systems
  • The Mental Representation of Attachment - Discourse Analysis for the Adult Attachment Interview
  • Infant CARE-Index

Career options

Careers in psychology and social work.




Number of credits

MSc: 180; PGDip: 120; PGCert: 60

Postgraduate entry requirements »


Psychology »


1 year (full-time); 2–3 years (part-time)

Programme start


Tuition fees

£7,200 (2016; full-time UK/EU)
£400 per ten credits (2016; part-time UK/EU)

£13,000 (2016; full-time International)
£725 per ten credits (2016; part-time International)

For further fee information see our UK/EU or International finance pages

Programme outline

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Further information

Dr Steve Farnfield
s.farnfield@roehampton.ac.uk »
+44 (0) 20 8392 4130

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