Introduction to the work of Wilfred Bion


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. Also serves as a natural progression for those who completed our Introductory Lectures course.

Course Content

This short course will give you an outline of Bion’s core ideas, their theoretical relevance and applications. 

Recorded Lectures

  1. Who was Wilfred Bion (14m44s)
  2. Bion’s early work with groups (18m59s)
  3. Bion’s work with patients in psychotic states (11m04s)
  4. The domain of K (19m19s)
  5. Bion’s later work (18m19s)

Here you can watch Mr Chris Mawson introducing his course.

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

Course Format

This course consists of recorded lectures, a transcript of the lectures, study questions, suggested reading and a glossary of terms. The study questions will help you to check your understanding and prepare any potential questions for participation in the live online discussion groups.

In the live online discussion groups you will be joined by up to seven other students and a senior analyst. There are 5 discussion groups as part of the course – one for each lecture. Please see below for the dates and times of these discussions.

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

You can also choose to opt out of the live online discussions and take the other components of the course only. To opt out, please see the links below.


Course Duration

  • Course content plus 5 live online discussion groups  - 3 months
  • Course content only - 2 months 

You will have access to all course materials at any time for the duration of your chosen course. This allows you to learn at your own pace and review particular topics as needed.

Entry Requirements

You do not need any specific experience or qualifications to take the course. You must have a reasonably good internet connection to view our video content (around 400kbps - 2Mbps download speed, 400kbps+ upload speed).

To take part in discussion groups you need a computer, laptop, tablet or phone as well as a microphone (this is built in for many devices.) A webcam is also recommended. You will need to have Skype installed on your chosen device. Please make sure you have the most up to date version installed.



If you complete the course and attend at least 80% of the online discussion groups, you will receive a digital certificate of attendance. If you opt out of the discussion groups, you will not receive a certificate but you will have an email confirming that you registered for the course.


  • Online course plus online discussion groups and certificate: £200
  • If opting out of online discussions: £95

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

Please note: discussion group intakes are limited to 8 students.

Not interested in live online discussion groups? Click here to opt out and start the course-content-only version on the 4th of September

Want to partake in discussion groups, but can’t make the above time? Please register your interest and preferred time here

Further Information

Please contact

Why study with us?

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: Monday, 3 September 2018, 10:19 AM