Study on our high-quality Chinese herbal medicine courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture


*MSc in  Chinese Herbal Medicine - our next course starts in September 2019. For students looking to start with us we would encourage you to book a place on our introductory event on Saturday 16th February

Applying for a Chinese Herbal Medicine course at the Northern College of Acupuncture.

Applying for the course in 2019



If you need any help with your application form, please contact Alison.

            Jude Blair (Herbs student):

Jude Blair - Chinese Herbal Medicine courses student at the Northern College of Acupuncture

“Although my degree at the NCA equipped me well for practice I wanted to consolidate and extend my knowledge and skills in order to give the best possible treatment to each and every one of my patients. I decided to study herbs not only because it would provide me with additional ways of treating my patients, but also because I enjoy testing myself academically. I certainly have not been disappointed on that score! As well as an excellent e-learning programme which provides a foundation to the course, there are teaching weekends where there is face-to-face contact with tutors and peers. There are many aspects of the course which I have found rewarding – working with peers and learning to formulate prescriptions for patients in the teaching clinic and observing the progress of the patients over the weeks and months; the sense of achievement at successfully completing assignments at post-graduate level and being taught by and engaging with lecturers whose work I have studied in books and journals. Students have access to top quality teaching and receive outstanding support from IT and library staff, in the teaching clinic and pastorally. Students are also privileged to receive teaching from world renowned practitioners, lecturers and researchers in CHM. The NCA has a wonderfully welcoming and friendly atmosphere and a well-deserved reputation as a centre of excellence in academic attainment and research. I would recommend the course to anyone who is wholeheartedly committed to broadening and deepening their knowledge of Chinese medicine.”


If you are not an NCA graduate we will ask you to attend an interview. Our interviews have been designed to enable us to explore in more detail your interest in studying here and how the skills and experience you have will support you in successfully completing the course. This will also be your opportunity to ask any questions, and to ensure that the NCA is right for you. Your interview will last 30–40 minutes and you will be interviewed by two senior members of the College staff in a friendly and informal atmosphere. If you are successful we will offer you a place within a week of interview.





Equal Opportunities

The College is committed to providing equal opportunities for all eligible applicants.



RPL and exemptions

If you have already undertaken some training or have experience in Chinese herbal medicine, and particularly if this was at postgraduate level, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning (RPL). If you have prior learning in an area such as plant chemistry or research you may be eligible for exemption from some attendance in the first year. To find out more please talk to our Registrar Alison on + 44 (0)1904 343300 or send her an e-mail.



Closing date

The closing date for applications in 2019 is the 31st August. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis, depending on availability.


Find out more 

Full day introductory events

Our full day introductory events are friendly and informal, a reflection of how we teach and the ethos of our College. During the day you will look around the College, meet key members of our team and find out about our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine from our Course Director Eileen Gibbon. You will also have chance to get "hands on with herbs" with our tutor and Clinic Supervisor Cheng Hao Zhou, take part in a "question and answer session" with our current students, and hear from a graduate who are already in practice. Lunch is provided and this is a further opportunity for everyone to mingle and get to know one another. 

Our full day in 2019 is Saturday 16th February 9:45am to 3pm with lunch provided

Online presentation and Q&A evening events

On these online evening sessions, lasting about an hour, you can meet us and have your questions answered without leaving your own home! Our Course Director Eileen Gibbon will talk to you about what to expect studying on our MSc in Chinese Herbal Medicine and answer  your questions. You will also hear from one of our current students and connect with other people who have joined the meeting who are also interested in studying herbs at the NCA. We use the video conference platform “Skype for Business” and we will arrange a test with you if you have not used this before.

Book an introductory event 

Informal visits

It is also possible to arrange a short informal visit to look round the College and have your questions answered at a mutually convenient time, please get in touch with our Marketing Manager Denise Magson at or call +44(0)1904 343309.