Qualification type: UKAP Professional qualification

Qualification title: UKAP Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal

Level: Level 7

Accreditation status: Accredited

Qualification number (QN): 2648660

Availability: UK and international

 

Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

The Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine extends your acupuncture practice into the other of the major modalities of Chinese medicine. It is a theoretical and clinical professional entry training. You will develop your diagnostic and case formulation skills and also learn the materia medica and formulae of Chinese herbal medicine. Phytochemistry and pharmacokinetics are integrated into the understanding of the energetic interactions of herbs. Extensive practice with patients will take place in our on-site teaching clinic where theory is deconstructed and applied. Working in the dispensary with raw herbs will develop your kinaesthetic skills to deepen understanding. The aim is that you learn how to modify classic formulae to create new formulae which address complex patterns of illness.

This course contextualises Chinese medicine within its historical roots, and grounds it in the legal, ethical and inter-professional framework of the UK.

Course content

"The UKAP Diploma in CHM is accredited (approved) by the DETC.

 Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught. Total Credit required is 120

Core modules

Chinese Herbal Medicine Clinical Practice

In this module you will take developing responsibility for all aspects of patient care. You will be guided in the construction of individual herbal formulae, applying research to ensure each patient is effectively treated. You will develop your case history taking skills, and your understanding of the relevance of tongue and pulse diagnosis to the construction of a complex diagnosis and treatment principle relevant for herbal medicine. You will also explore the various ways that herbal medicine may be applied or dispensed, dosage levels, and cautions and the yellow card protocol. You will complete your research project within this module.

Chinese Herbal Medicine in the UK

This module will look at issues that concern the practice of Chinese herbal medicine (CHM) in the UK at present, to include: the legal and political context of CHM in the UK and Europe; pharmacology, pharmacognosy, toxicology, CITES, quality assurance and quality control; inter-professional working; codes of ethics and practice; and research methods and issues. There will be field trips to Bristol Herb Garden, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew and Avicenna (Centre for Chinese Medicine).

Chinese Herbs and Formulae

This is the first module of the Chinese Herbal Medicine MSc course. Building on your foundation CM skills, you will develop and refine your understanding and articulation of aetiological and pathological processes while you learn the 150 most common herbs and 50 main formulae within treatment categories, patterns and common diseases. You will be introduced to the phytochemistry, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of herbs and be introduces to dispensary preparation.

Formulae and Strategies

This module involves the exploration and innovation of formulae from the perspective of Chinese Medicine bianbing (disease categories) and explores diseases recognised in the West but not traditionally described in Chinese medicine (eg post-viral syndrome, autoimmune disease, dermatology). You will be expected to evaluate, challenge, modify and develop theory and practice and apply critical enquiry into both traditional and modern theories in the light of new research. This module includes clinical practice.

Postgraduate Research Methods

This module provides the foundation of knowledge and skills needed to undertake ethical work-based research at Masters level. The process of research and evaluation from study design through data collection and data analysis is covered. A forum is provided for critical debate, enabling you to develop critical reasoning in relation to research design.

The Classics

This module focuses on the reconceptualising of materia medica at the level assumed in formula construction. You will cover the principles of CM formulae construction from various perspectives, e.g: shang han lun and wen bing, and develop your competence, and a greater appreciation of the roles of individual herbs though critical research, in a collaborative learning environment. You will also be introduced into the clinic, where you will take increasing responsibility for the treatment of patients under supervision and work in the dispensary becoming familiar with materia medica.

Associated careers

This course is designed for acupuncturists who want to extend their practice repertoire to include herbal medicine, or for Chinese herbal medicine practitioners who wish to upgrade their academic skills to Masters level. Individual modules can be taken as consuming professional development (CPD)

 Professional recognition

 This enables graduates to apply for membership of the USAP.

Length of course

One year full-time (Tue and Wed - two days per week attendance to include clinical practice. Additional attendance for external field trips throughout the two years

 

Length of course

One year full-time; two to five years part-time. An example timetable is available on request. Qualified practitioners will also need to undertake the equivalent of one day per week in private.

Employability

Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 4,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the UKAP, over 81% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at UKAP you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  •   find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  •   explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  •   plan your career development
  •   identify your career options
  •   market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  •   develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with ca    

 

Entry Requirements:

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