The Introductory Lectures

Our Introductory Lectures and Seminars offer an overall view of the central concepts in psychoanalysis, and the key ways in which they are applied in analytic practice.

There are over twenty weekly evening lectures per year, spread across two terms, and you can choose to attend one or both terms. Each lecture is followed by a seminar discussion, and the course is open to anyone interested in learning about psychoanalysis.

You don’t need any experience in the field to come to the Introductory Lectures, though those attending regularly include people from mental health professions.

Lectures are given by a different psychoanalyst every week, and topics include dreams, sexuality, narcissism and child analysis, among many others. Participants are provided with the basic texts relating to that week’s topic.

For those interested in learning more, there is a list of suggested further reading on each subject. These recommended texts can be found in the Institute’s library.

Following each lecture is a small seminar-style discussion, where people can ask questions, discuss ideas and explore that week’s topic in greater detail.


The Lectures and Seminars are held in London, Belfast, Leeds, Newcastle and Cumbria. In London they take place at the Institute of Psychoanalysis in Maida Vale, and at the ORTUS Centre in Denmark Hill. The lectures in Leeds/Newcastle/Cumbria are a mix of live lectures and DVDs.  The Belfast lectures are all DVDs.  All lectures are followed by discussion in small groups. (Since these lectures are a mix of live/DVDs the cost of attending is lower.)


Our Introductory Lectures and Seminars cost between £200 and £590, depending on whether you complete one or two terms of lectures, where you attend them, and whether you qualify for a reduced fee (students and unwaged).

For more details, and to book a place, click here.