MSc Acupuncture provides education in traditional Chinese medicine that will equip the healthcare professional with the necessary skills to assess and treat a broad range of acute and chronic conditions. 

- Participants will learn to assess and treat patients according to traditional Chinese medicine
- Credits gained can contribute towards the British Medical Acupuncture Society Diploma of Medical Acupuncture

Who Should Apply?
Part Time option suitable for:
Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is open to those with a primary degree in Healthcare e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, and nursing.

Vision & Values Statement
The MSc Healthcare (Acupuncture) aims to develop Traditional Chinese Medicine theory and practice to internationally accepted standards in healthcare professionals. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated and independent learners, who can stimulate scholarly research in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine. We also encourage our students to develop life-long learning and transferrable skills, including advanced interpersonal and communication skills. We aim to provide a learning environment that encourages students to develop their assessment and treatment skills to manage acute and chronic conditions. A range of teaching and learning approaches are utilized including, lectures, small group work, clinical cases and supervised clinical education placements. Discipline specific national and international experts deliver the programme.

Programme Outcomes:
-Display an advanced understanding of the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine
-Be able to understand and integrate their learning into specialist clinical practice.
-Possess the necessary skills to diagnose and treat a broad range of acute and chronic conditions.
-Demonstrate an advanced level of clinical reasoning and critical analysis.
-Undertake a leadership role in initiating, conducting and reporting upon scholarly research in the area of Traditional Chinese Medicine
-Be competent in research methodology and critically evaluation of relevant literature
-Display a keen awareness of their professional responsibilities, including legal, ethical and cultural issues.
-Develop life-long learning and transferable skills (interpersonal and communication).

Entry requirements

The programme is open to those with a primary degree in Healthcare e.g. medicine, physiotherapy, and nursing. A degree classification of 2:1

Subjects taught

Each semester will be run over approximately 12 weeks and will involve one full weekend (Saturday and Sunday). The theoretical basis of Traditional Chinese Medicine is taught along with clinical placements. Course modules will be assessed individually by differing combinations of in course assessment (ICA), written papers, and practical examinations. Upon successful completion of the taught modules a Postgraduate Diploma will be awarded. Upon successful completion of the research dissertation, the MSc will be awarded.




2 years part-time


Tuition fee information is available on the UCD Fees website. Please note that UCD offers a number of graduate scholarships for full-time, self-funding international students, holding an offer of a place on a UCD graduate degree programme. For further information please see International Scholarships.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: 2019/2020 September

Post Course Info

Careers & Employability
The use of traditional Chinese medicine is increasing in both primary and secondary care settings in Ireland. This qualification will allow graduates to treat patients with a broad range of conditions in a variety of settings: GP practices, private Physiotherapy practices, as well as within some secondary care settings.

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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