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

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for our Chinese herbal medicine course is open to both newly qualified and experienced acupuncturists and others with a high level of training in TCM, and is taught and assessed at postgraduate level.

The Chinese herbal medicine course is open to both newly qualified and experienced acupuncturists and others with a high level of training in TCM, and is taught and assessed at postgraduate level. You should:

  1. Be registered with the British Acupuncture Council or have an equivalent level of training in acupuncture
  2. AND have had a training which included TCM
  3. AND either have a first degree OR have a professional qualification with relevant and responsible work experience equivalent to degree-level learning. This will normally be experience of practising as an acupuncturist, or in a healthcare or complementary medicine related field.

We provide plenty of support for those who are returning to academic study after some time in practice. Our aim is for you to succeed. The application process is designed to ensure that you will thrive on the academic and practical aspects of the course, and that you will be ready and able to take on the responsibilities of a professional herbalist when you qualify.

Non-BAcC members such as overseas graduates in acupuncture, physiotherapists, tuina and shiatsu practitioners, and doctors at an advanced level of TCM knowledge may be eligible and will be assessed on a case by case basis. We will require documented details of your previous training and/or you may be required to sit a case-based examination. For more information call our Registrar Alison on + 44 (0)1904 343300 or send her an e-mail

RPL - entry for students who have already completed some Chinese herbal medicine training and are looking to complete at the NCA

You can study on our Chinese herbal medicine course if you are a foreign student or if you've already completed part of your training at another university.

If you would like to transfer to the NCA from another College or University, or if you have previously completed part of your training and had to stop, we will work with you to assess what level of study you have attained and how this fits with our Chinese herbal medicine course. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Typically we will ask you to provide transcripts and syllabus of your previous study programme and we may ask you to complete an assessment or sit an exam. Students who have completed a qualification in Chinese herbal medicine may also be able to enter at years two or three of the course. Our Registrar Alison will guide and support you though this process. For more information read our RPL policy.



EEA (European Economic Area) and overseas students

We welcome applicants from the EEA. Due to visa restrictions we are unable to accept applications from non-EEA students at present.

English language requirement

Communication is such an important part both of the course, and in interactions with patients, that our students need to be proficient in the use of spoken and written English. If English is not your first language we will expect you to take an English language assessment with one of the many providers such IELTS and Cambridge English Advanced. We normally require an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.  There may be some flexibility for native Chinese speakers which we assess on a case by case basis.



Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

As we take the safety of our clients seriously you are required to undergo a check with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). This is something that we help you to organise in your first term before you start in clinic. Some of you will already have your DBS check in place and will be able to bring your certificate in to the College.



Studying herbs from scratch

If you are not already an acupuncturist but wish to study Chinese herbal medicine your option is to complete your acupuncture training with us and then go on to study herbs. This will give you the thorough grounding in traditional Chinese medicine that you will need.