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Master of Chinese Medicine - Level 9

This course is available

On-Campus, Online

Level of Study

Master's Degree


18 months

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine


Programme Aims:

The aim of this programme is to produce graduates with knowledge and advanced practical experience that enables them to practice in Chinese Medicine. Students will select courses in the area of Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture in consultation with NZCCM. The content, assessment and practice components of courses will be aligned with the student’s chosen practice area (Chinese herbal medicine or acupuncture).

The purpose and aim of Master of Chinese Medicine is to provide communities in New Zealand with individuals who have attained advanced knowledge, practical skills and behavioural attributes in using advanced traditional Chinese Medicine practices and philosophies.

Graduates will have developed a set of knowledge and skills in clinical inquiry, critical appraisal and scholarship and the ability to initiate change to effect positive outcomes for patient groups/populations. Enabling them to undertake innovative, specialist roles in Chinese Medicine and provide leadership to other health professionals in the health care team.

Graduates from this programme will have advanced academic, practice and research skills who have gained from an academic programme which is soundly based on Chinese Medicine theories and practice. For health professionals in Chinese Medicine, this will enable them to remain up to date with new technology and developments in the field and to advance their practice including research skills.

Graduates of this programme will be able to:

  1. Develop critical thinking in advanced knowledge in Chinese Medicine
  2. Apply theories of Chinese Medicine in modern / contemporary society context
  3. Contribute to the theories of classical and contemporary Chinese Medicine, utilising empirical evidence in advanced Chinese Medicine practice.
  4. Apply medico-legal and ethical requirements in advanced practice and research.
  5. Engage in rigorous intellectual analysis, criticism and problem-solving in specialist Chinese Medicine field/scope practice.
  6. Work independently and safely to apply specialist Chinese Medicine knowledge in new or unfamiliar health contexts / situations
  7. Demonstrate leadership through inter-professional relationships in practice.
  8. Provide advanced academic information literacy in critical enquiry in research.

Course Delivery Methods:

Methods of delivery are likely to include, but are not limited to: * Activity-Based Learning * Flipped Classrooms * Academic Research and Best Practice * Blog – Scenario-Based Learning and Case Studies * Reflective journaling * Case based learning * Group tutorial * Blended and Self-Directed Learning * Block delivery (face-to-face) * Class lecturer

Students should note that while much of the programme will be delivered online or at a distance there will be two block courses weeks on campus in the first semester – these will be scheduled for week 1 and week 10 of the programme – attendance is compulsory. In addition, students will be required to join regular voice conferences with staff and other students.

International students who come from China will be required to attend face to face classes (intramural).

Enrolment Approval:

Final approvals are made by the Masters Management Committee and are subject to: verification of documents, capability to complete the programme and availability of programme places.


  • Professional Doctorate in Chinese Medicine
  • Continued own clinic self-employment
  • Employment in an allied health care enterprise

Entry criteria

Academic Requirements:

The minimum entry qualification for the Master of Chinese Medicine is a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Medicine/Acupuncture or equivalent (to a bachelor’s degree listed at level 7 on the NZQF).Admission as an individual to a master’s degree is based on the evaluation of documentary evidence (including the academic record) of the individual applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate study in the specialist field of Chinese Medicine.

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree with either a major in Chinese Herbal Medicine or Acupuncture with at least 360 credits or equivalent (equivalent means a level 7 Diploma or in Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine with at least 360 credits and minimum recent continuous five years relevant working experience) from institutions either in New Zealand or abroad.

General Requirements:

  • The minimum age to enter this programme is 20 years
  • Applicants must supply names and contact details for two referees
  • Applicants must declare any health issues or disability on a path towards confident, independent professional practice to allow NZCCM to consider whether appropriate support can be provided, and the likelihood of the applicant’s ability to meet professional requirements and practice independently on completion of the programme.
  • Applicants must consent to the completion of a Police Vetting check.
  • Applicants will be required to consent to a disclosure of criminal convictions and safety checks required by the Children’s Act 2014.

English Language Requirement

International students are required to meet the minimum English language requirements for this level programme as detailed by NZQA. This is Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6 in the IELTS academic test or an equivalent in an NZQA recognized international test

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