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

Our teaching faculty

One of our greatest assets here at the NCA is, undoubtedly, our dedicated teaching faculty. Most of the herbs teaching team are practitioners and they bring to their classes a huge wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and passion for their subject. As well as teaching at the College and working in their busy practices, our staff devote time to learning more about education, to ensure the highest of teaching standards, and somehow they also find time to conduct research or develop areas of expertise. The College is very much a community of learners and our dedicated staff are at the heart of that community.


"The research tutor's teaching is brilliant"

"The teachers were brilliant and inspirational. They had many years experience and so I didn't feel as though they were just reading from Materia Medica"

"All the tutor's are really dedicated, helpful and willing to share their expertise and knowledge"

"Clinic is excellent - Cheng is an excellent tutor and incredibly knowledgeable"

            Cheng Hao Zhou - Clinic Supervisor:

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

"What I really enjoy about my role as Clinic Supervisor is the interaction with our students. I also like working as part of an excellent and dedicated teaching team. All the tutors who teach on the course are long term herbal practitioners with a wide range of experience of research, teaching and clinical activity. The longevity and stability of our team means that we have great depth of understanding of education and the preparation of our students for successful practice and research.”


Let’s hear from our Tutors:


            Rebecca O’Cleirigh - Course Tutor:

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

“The best lessons are the ones where you get your hands dirty, and in the absence of a College greenhouse we did the next best thing and got “pharmacy creative” indoors. We had a round robin of getting hands on with many of the aspects of the practical life of a herbalist. The students all had to first create their own prescriptions and then to make them up. There was a corner with fire where herbs were being processed (pao zhi), the alcohol was in the opposite corner for tincture making. There was a skin cream creation station which yielded interesting results that the brave tried upon themselves and willing volunteers! I valued getting the opportunity to combine theory with practical exploration of a subject, it creates a much stronger engagement with the material for the students and far better retention of the information as well as making the lessons a lot of fun.”

            Sarah Price - Course Tutor:

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

“Studying Chinese herbal medicine means also studying science and history and reflecting on practice. This offers opportunity for a life-long engagement in a rich mine of knowledge and endless possibilities to improve our skills as practitioners. In turn, the tools that ensue from study mean many more conditions can be addressed with our patients with greater success. Becoming a Chinese herbalist is a richly satisfying and endlessly stimulating experience. Being part of the teaching team at NCA is a real privilege, because of the quality of the teaching offered by others and the values of caring about the student experience within the College. I have worked for many years with the same people here and really appreciate their expertise and how willing they are to share their knowledge to help in the development of students and their education.”


            Lara McClure – Course Tutor:

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

"Teaching research on the herbs course is really enjoyable because the students are already committed practitioners with well-established research personalities who are able and eager to engage in in-depth critical debate about the evidence base for Chinese herbal medicine. Strong cognisance of the challenges faced within the discipline and creative thinking about how to resolve some of these means that the research work undertaken by these students can be really relevant and useful, which is very exciting for us on the course and also for the discipline as a whole!”