Study on our high-quality online MSc courses for practitioners at the Northern College of Acupuncture


Online Masters Courses for practitioners – our next courses start in September 2019.If you would like to find out more we recommend that you book a place on our regular online "Presentation and Q&A" sessions that we run throughout the year.  

ION diploma graduates/students who graduated after 2012 - you can apply for the Advanced Nutrition even if you don't have a degree.

Costs and funding

In brief

Costs and funding for studying on our online Msc courses

  • Our fees are very competitive and you can choose to pay in instalments or annually with a 2% discount.
  • UK students starting with us in 2019/20, who have not already studied to Masters level, should be able to access a Postgraduate Masters Loan.
  • Some overseas students have been able to access government funding/loans from their own country.
  • Fees are paid in sterling and the exchange rate will vary.



Funding in the UK

The majority of our MSc students fund their studies by:

  • Postgraduate loan
  • Using savings
  • Combining study with work

Postgraduate Master’s Loans for English students

Students studying on our online programmes who are currently living in England may be eligible for a government funded Postgraduate Masters Loan. This is a loan that is paid to you over the three years of the course to help you with study costs. For students starting in 2019 this amount will be £10,609 which is divided equally across each year of the course. You pay back your loan when you have completed the course and are earning over £21,000 per year.

You will be eligible if you have not already completed a Master’s degree and are currently living in England. You may be eligible if you are an EU national and have been living in England for the past three years.



Disabled Students Allowance

For English students who have a disability, including a mental-health condition or specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia, you might be able to get Disabled Students’ Allowances. These don’t have to be paid back.



Other ideas

Our students have been creative about finding ways to help finance their studies. Some have negotiated bank loans via business plans to expand their practices, others have approached family members for interest free loans or released equity from their properties.

Charities and trusts

Some charities and trusts provide postgraduate students with grants. Often, financial help is reserved for students from poorer backgrounds, or for those who’ve achieved academic excellence. You can find out more about charities and trusts online or at your local library. Useful publications for UK-based individuals include:

  • the Educational Grants Directory
  • the Charities Digest
  • the Grants Register
  • the Directory of Grant Making Trusts

NCA students have, on occasions, been able to access small amounts of funding from charities or trusts.

Information for students from other countries

Each country has its different system, with government funding and loans available for postgraduate students in some countries.