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Chinese Herbal Medicine - MSc

Course Description

The MSc Chinese Herbal Medicine extends your acupuncture practice into the other of the major modalities of Chinese medicine. It is a theoretical and clinical professional entry-training. You will develop your diagnostic and case formulation skills and also learn the materia medica and formulae of Chinese herbal medicine. Phytochemistry and pharmacokinetics are integrated into the understanding of the energetic interactions of herbs. Extensive practice with patients will take place in our on-site teaching clinic where theory is deconstructed and applied. Working in the dispensary with raw herbs will develop your kinaesthetic skills to deepen understanding. The aim is that you learn how to modify classic formulae to create new formulae which address complex patterns of illness.

This course contextualises Chinese medicine within its historical roots, and grounds it in the legal, ethical and inter-professional framework of the UK.

Course content

"The University of Westminster MSc CHM is accredited (approved) by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association which accredits courses on behalf of all EHTPA Professional Associations, including the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine. This enables graduates from the MSc CHM to apply for membership of the RCHM. The EHTPA system of accreditation was endorsed by, and included in, the initial Steering Group Report to Government which recommended that a statutory register for herbal medicine practitioners be established".


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.
-Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinical Practice
-Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK
-Chinese Herbs and Formulae
-Formulas and Strategies
-Postgraduate Research Methods
-The Classics: Shang Han Lun and Wen Bing

Associated careers

This course is designed for acupuncturists who want to extend their practice repertoire to include herbal medicine, or for Chinese herbal medicine practitioners who wish to upgrade their academic skills to Masters level. Individual modules can be taken as consuming professional development (CPD)

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association. This enables graduates to apply for membership of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Visit the Chinese Herbal Medicine - MSc page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Simon Becker

"My primary aim for enrolling into the MSc programme at the University of Westminster was Master-level training. Having completed the course, I am highly satisfied with the education and training I received. On the academic side, the program's focus on research method, critical thinking and academic writing ensures Master-level academic training. For me, this academic training is extremely helpful for my work as a writer and teacher of Chinese medicine. Besides the academic training, the program also heavily focuses on developing clinical practice skills. Practicing in the UoW Polyclinic under the guidance of advanced practitioners and dispensing herbs in the clinic's own crude herb pharmacy promote a reflective clinical approach which helps to advance even experienced practitioner's skills in the practice of Chinese herbal medicine. Overall, the MSc-program at the University of Westminster has made me a more critical and better practitioner with a much clearer understanding of research. I thoroughly enjoyed my time as a student."

(Student Profile)

Alex Jacobs

"I was initially attracted to enrol on the MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine at the University of Westminster from the weight the course seem to place on gaining clinical practice. A significant percentage of contact hours were seeing patients in the student clinic. I was pleased to find that the clinic was well run and had a steady supply of patients. We were also lucky to be the first year that got access to the new raw herb dispensary, an invaluable experience in learning herbal medicine. On the academic side, I was impressed by the level of tuition, particularly being given a thorough introduction to the Shang Han Lun and the Warm Disease school. Additionally, we had modules dedicated to enhancing our academic reasoning and writing ability. The teaching staff for this were specialists from other disciplines within the university which not only made me feel more connected to the wider academic community but also provided a level of expertise which we may not else have received. Overall, I feel I have received an excellent foundation from which to proceed as a fledgling Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner."


Entry Requirements

You must have at least BSc Honours Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture degree or equivalent and associated work experience. Where equivalence is accepted, the length, depth, content and orientation of the syllabus will be considered. You will need the higher education skills needed for postgraduate level study, including evidence of critical thinking, academic writing, IT, reflective practice and communication together with collaborative approaches to learning. If your first language is not English you should have an IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6.0 in each component.

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