Introductory Lectures Online

Introductory Lectures

This course will introduce Freud’s core ideas and that of his followers within the British Psychoanalytical Society. It is a comprehensive overview on key psychoanalytic theories.

Course features

The course consists of 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

Part 1 - Freud and his theories

1 - Freud and the Unconscious - Dr. David Bell

2 - Freud's Models of the Mind - Mrs. Susan Loden

3 - Sexuality - Ms. Megan Virtue

4 - Dreams - Dr. Gearoid Fitzgerald

5 - Defence Mechanisms - Dr. Catia Galatariotou

6 - Transference and Countertransference - Dr. Sergei Grachev

7 - The Analytic Setting - Mrs. Anne Amos

Part 2 -  British Pychoanalysis Influences

1 - Anna Freud - Mrs. Marianne Parsons

2 - Melanie Klein - Mrs. Margaret Rustin

3 - Donald Winnicott - Dr. Jan Abram

4 - Wilfred Bion - Ms. Nicola Abel-Hirsch

5 - Psychic Development - Dr. Margot Waddell

Who is this course for?

Professionals, students and members of the public who wish to find out about psychoanalysis or deepen the knowledge they already have. The course is open to all, no specific experience or qualifications are required.

Why study with us?

Entry requirements

The course is open to all including those completely new to the subject and no specific experience or qualifications are required.

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).

Course length

4 months – online version only (12 lectures)

6 months - online with discussion groups (using Skype) (12 lectures and 12 discussion groups). For discussion groups, it is essential that you have a good degree of understanding of English language unless stated otherwise.

Online live discussion group dates/times will be announced shortly.
Please register your interest in online discussion groups by emailing, with 'introductory lectures' as the subject.


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



Online course only: £180

Online course plus online discussion groups and certificate: £320

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

Register for online course only (4 months):

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Register for online course plus discussion groups (6 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:

Last modified: Wednesday, 16 May 2018, 10:58 AM