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.

Entry requirements and how to apply

In brief

  • We welcome acupuncture, Oriental medicine, complementary therapy and nutrition practitioners from all over the world.
  • You will need an initial degree or equivalent qualification.
  • If you do not have a degree qualification (either in your discipline or another subject) we may be able to help you to make a case for your application.
  • You will need to be currently practising and a member of a professional body.
  • If English is not your first language we will expect you to take an English language assessment.


These courses are open to practitioners from all over the world who already have an undergraduate degree (BA/BSc), or equivalent. A degree equivalent could be a high level professional qualification combined with experience in practice, or a higher degree such as a Postgraduate Diploma. If you are uncertain, please contact us.

You will also have a professional qualification (which may be your degree) in one of the following disciplines:

MSc in Advanced Oriental Medicine (Research and Practice) - Oriental medicine (acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, TCM or shiatsu).

MSc in Advanced Complementary Medicine (Research and Practice) - Complementary therapy such as massage, shiatsu, ayurveda, reflexology, chiropractic, osteopathy, herbal medicine, homeopathy etc.

MSc in Advanced Nutrition (Research and Practice) - Nutritional therapy or equivalent.

Making a case for entry for students who do not have an degree

These are Masters level courses and the expectation is that our students have an undergraduate degree. However many of our students do not have an undergraduate degree – but they do have qualifications and experience that match degree level learning. If this applies to you, we will ask you to complete a simple form that helps you to make a case. This is where you map what you have learned from previous study, or experience, against the learning outcomes for a generic BSc programme. We will give you an example to show you what we expect. It should not take long to complete the document and most applicants who have been through the process find it a useful exercise. For most of you, and for the College, it is reassurance that your knowledge and experience means that you start the course on the same level as those with an undergraduate degree. Our Registrar Alison will guide you through this process.

English language requirement

Communication is such an important part of the course 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, TOFEL, or Cambridge English Advanced. We require an overall IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.



Membership of a practitioner association or professional body

All applicants are required to hold appropriate insurance and qualifications to practise and to be a member of the appropriate practitioner organisation/professional body/statutory body in their country.

Applicants who are not in clinical practice

Applicants are normally required to be in clinical practice because assignments on this course will often ask you to reflect on your clinical work. This can be part-time but you should be seeing some clients or patients on a regular basis. The only exception to this would be if you are taking a leave of absence from clinical practice and you can assure us at interview that you have the necessary experience and clinical records to allow you to fulfil the required assignments of the course.

How to apply

To apply for our MSc courses you will need to complete and submit the online application form available on our website. We will acknowledge receipt of your application and contact you to organise your online interview, which is the next stage in the process. You will be required to provide notarised copies of your highest level academic certificates at this stage.





The final enrolment day for 2019 is the 9th September. However you are strongly encouraged to apply earlier, especially if you are applying from overseas since it may take time to get all your documentation in place.



Equal Opportunities

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