About the Northern College of Acupuncture

Join marketing manager Denise Magson as she takes you on a virtual tour of the College and introduces you to our staff and students.

The Northern College of Acupuncture is just around the corner from some of York's most famous attractions, including the York Minster.

York is an exciting city and a great place to study! It has a lot to offer including plenty of accommodation, shopping, restaurants, coffee bars, cinemas and all the amenities you would expect. Step out of our front door and you are right in the heart of the historic centre.

The College

Established in 1988 (we celebrated our 30 years anniversary in 2018) the Northern College of Acupuncture is an independent teaching College as well as a registered educational charity. Since the early days the College has gone from strength to strength and we now educate acupuncturists, practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition practitioners and complementary therapists. Our thriving and well respected teaching clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional advice to the local community.


We are proud to be pioneers in our industry! We were the first teaching institution of any kind in the UK to offer a University degree in acupuncture, the first to offer a University degree in Chinese herbal medicine, and the first to achieve professional accreditation for our acupuncture courses, Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapy courses.



Research focussed

The College has a strong focus on promoting research activity. As well as our MSc programmes, in 1990 we also established our research wing the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine (FRTCM), having foreseen the need to carry out robust research into the value of these therapies. The Foundation was originally established as a separate charity and later incorporated into the College (in 2011). We run outcomes research in our teaching clinics and collaborate on larger clinical research studies with regional Universities.



Acupuncture courses and treatment are available at the Northern College of Acupuncture, located on Micklegate in York city centre.

Our building

Beloved by staff, students, graduates and patients the College and clinics are housed in an elegant Georgian town house with sweeping staircases, high ceilings and airy rooms. It was adapted to our purpose by the York Conservation Trust in 2000 and houses both the College and the teaching clinics. We have three large teaching rooms, an extensively stocked library, IT facilities, kitchen facilities, a small outside area and a car park for the clinic. The ground floor clinic has treatment rooms, reception and a waiting area, and there are staff offices and more treatment rooms on the top floors.






Easy to get to

York is on the main East coast train line that links London with Edinburgh and there are excellent links by rail to every major city in the country. We are about a 5 minute walk from the station.

Rail journey times:

London 1 hour 45 minutes
Edinburgh 2 hours 30 minutes
Glasgow 3 hours 32 minutes
Peterborough 1 hour 15 minutes
Manchester 1 hour 15 minutes
Newcastle 1 hour

Road links are excellent with dual carriageway links to the A1/M1 North and South and M62 East and West. There are ‘park and ride’ facilities on all the major entry roads and all-day city centre car parks close to the College.


1988 - 2018: 30 years of the Northern College of Acupuncture - celebrating 30 years of excellence.

Looking to the future

We are proud of all our achievements over the past 30 years and we are very much looking forward to our next 30 and beyond! Plans include developing courses for emerging markets in the subject areas where we have specialist expertise, and strengthening our role as a proudly independent College. Whatever we do in future, you can be sure that our students will be at the heart of it!