Introduction to the work of Wilfred Bion

Introduction to the work of W Bion

This short course will give you an outline of Bion’s core ideas, their theoretical relevance and applications. 
This course is delivered entirely online, with optional live online discussion groups.

You can read a short bio about the teacher on this course, Mr. Chris Mawson, by clicking here

Course features

The course consists of short recorded lectures, a transcript of the lectures, study questions, suggested readings and a glossary of terms. 
Students will have access to all of these materials at any time, for the duration of the course 

The study questions are a guideline that is there to help you check your understanding and prepare any potential questions or talking points if partaking in the discussion groups. This course is deliberately designed to be self-directed and is therefore not assessed.

These features of the course allow students the freedom to follow the course at their own pace. (see 'Course Length' below for more information).


Recorded lectures

Lecture one: Who was Wilfred Bion (14m44s)

Lecture two: Bion’s early work with groups (18m59s)

Lecture three: Bion’s work with patients in psychotic states (11m04s)

Lecture four: The domain of K (19m19s)

Lecture five: Bion’s later work (18m19s)

Here you can watch Mr Chris Mawson introducing his course.


Who is this course for?

Both clinicians and students from a variety of disciplines such as philosophy, medicine, psychology, literature, wanting to expand their knowledge on Bion’s ideas and its applications. Particularly suited for overseas students. There is a Chinese and a Japanese version of the recorded lectures.

Why study with us?

Entry requirements

There are no academic entry requirements, but you must have the technology necessary to enrol in our Moodle platform, which requires a strong broadband connection (around 400kbps - 2Mbps download speed, 400kbps+ upload speed).



Online course only: £85

Online course plus online discussion groups and certificate: £180



BPaS certificate of attendance will be issued to those who attended at least 80% of the online discussion groups.


Course length

2 months – online version only (5 lectures)

3 months - online with discussion groups (using Skype) (5 lectures and 5 discussion groups).

If you are interested in discussion groups, but are not able to join at the above time, please let us know your preferred time (with time-zone) at

For discussion groups, it is essential that you have a good degree of understanding of English language unless stated otherwise.

To register your place, please follow the relevant link below:

Register for online course only (2 months):

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Register for online course plus discussion groups (3 months):

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Please note: this intake will be limited to 8 participants

Further information

Blended Learning options:

Although our online courses are designed to be as interactive and accessible as possible, we like to offer students, when possible, the option to complement online learning with face to face contact.

Typically our online learners can complement their studies with an intensive series of face to face discussions and supervisions on the topics covered during the online course. If you are interested in blended learning opportunities, please let us know and we will contact you if and when such opportunities become available where you are. This option is open across the UK and abroad.

Please contact us with 'blended learning' as the subject at:

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