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PC3000   Master of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
Level:   9
Credits:   180
Duration:   1.5 years full time or 3 years part-time study
Intake:   March, October
Location:    Auckland (1-2-week block)
Delivery:   Blended Learning (block teaching, online supported study)
International:   IELTS academic score: 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0

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  • The only travel is for a 2 days block in Auckland at the beginning of the course in the first year. The  block course ensures you get to know your teachers and fellow colleagues and have mastered the online learning platforms before you begin
  • For the moment, the part-time study over three years (allows you to continue to work)
  • Now available for study on a full time basis
  • Small class size to optimize learning and support
  • Interactive, online style of learning with webinars and forums using the latest technology
  • Access to journal databases
  • Webinars allow you to learn from a range of experienced practitioners and researchers
  • Webinars will be presented by a wealth of practitioners / researchers from New Zealand and guest lecturers from around the world
  • Opportunity to explore own research project with access to supervisor support.

The Master of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) is a dynamic postgraduate course designed for TCM practitioners wishing to strengthen their knowledge and better integrate into the healthcare system.

You will have an opportunity to develop an evidence-based approach to practice and explore an appropriate subject of your interest in real depth. It is a taught Masters, only requiring attendance at a one-two week intensive study block, thereafter delivered primarily online using webinars, e-forums, online dissemination, Skype and e-mail supported learning and academic supervision.

The mandatory(core) components equip students with the theoretical and practical knowledge to be able to successfully complete their dissertation in an area of clinical practice about which they are passionate.

The clinical modules bring students into contact with expert practitioners in their fields, and introduce them to potential supervisors for their specialist topics.

The Masters is designed to enable advanced scholarship and clinical practice in any of the modalities (Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Tuina, Qigong or Chinese Herbal Medicine) that encompass Chinese Medicine.

Entry to the Herbal Medicine components will be limited to practitioners with appropriate qualifications in Chinese herbal medicine.

The modular programmes can be completed over one and half year's full time or three years part-time study.

Graduate Profile
The New Zealand School of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine aims to create an educational environment which values scholarship, critical reflective thinking, life-long learning and professional development. The programme contributes to the postgraduate education of Chinese Medicine practitioners, preparing graduates who can contribute to knowledge and practice development within their own chosen clinical specialty.

Candidates will have the opportunity to:

  • enhance their specialist clinical knowledge and skills
  • interpret traditional knowledge and the modern research-based evidence base pertaining to the field of traditional Chinese Medicine
  • explore concepts relating to the use of research and the creation of knowledge related to Chinese Medicine
  • understand and use research models relating to the investigation and treatment of a range of diseases and conditions
  • develop, apply and test advanced theoretical concepts in traditional Chinese Medicine
  • critically analyse and debate research issues in clinical evaluations of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • undertake a research project exploring in depth a topic of their choice

The Programme aims to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and personal attributes for professional careers in specialty areas of Chinese Medicine at an advanced level.

Career Opportunities
Master of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) graduates can practise as traditional Chinese medicine practitioners, or as researchers in the relevant areas. Traditional Chinese Medicine is used by over a quarter of the world's population and is the largest form of complementary medicine in New Zealand. This growing field is increasing career opportunities locally and internationally for NZSATCM graduates.

Admission and Subject Information

  • A Postgraduate Certificate in TCM.
  • An applicant must have a Bachelors degree in a Chinese Medicine-related subject from a New Zealand tertiary institution or an equivalent overseas university as deemed appropriate by the Admissions panel or in exceptional circumstances, have qualifications or experience deemed by the Admissions panel to be the equivalent of the above.

International Student Language Requirements

Level 9 Degree- IELTS academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0

Course Structure
Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 180 credits including the three core modules listed below.

Core modules - 9 Months (90 credits)
• MHSARM801: Advanced Research Methods 1    - 30 credits
• MHSARM802: Advanced Research Methods 2 - 15 credits
• MHSCAM801: Contemporary Alternative Medicine - 15 credits
• MHSIRP: Independent Research Project - 15 credits 
• MHSCSE: Clinical Specialties Electives - 15 credits
 Dissertation - 9 months (90 credits)
• MHS999: Research and Thesis - 90 credits