Master of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) Approved and Accredited

PC3000 Master of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
Level: 9
Credits: 180
Duration: 3 years part-time study
Intake: July 2017
Location: Wellington (1 wk 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 1-week block in Wellington at the beginning of the course in the first year.
  • The 1-week 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, part-time study over three years (allows you to continue to work)
  • 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 (these include)
  • 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.

At this time we are offering it on a part-time study basis over three years. 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-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 components (advanced research methods, contemporary issues and the small scale project management modules) 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.

Additionally, the clinical modules (women's, musculoskeletal, mental health and herbal therapy), 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 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

Applicants must:

  • have an undergraduate 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.


  • in exceptional circumstances, have qualifications or experience deemed by the Admissions panel to be the equivalent of the above Course Information

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

  • MHS801 Advanced Research Methods
  • MHS802 Contemporary Perspectives in Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • MHS803 Small Scale Project

Elective modules
Students must complete one of four optional modules from the following pool:

  • MHS901 Chinese Medicine for Women's Health
  • MHS902 Chinese Medicine for Musculoskeletal Health
  • MHS903 Chinese Medicine for Mental Health
  • MHS904 Chinese Herbal Therapy

In addition to completing the above compulsory and optional courses, complete a 90-credit dissertation. The dissertation may be either an empirical research project or a comprehensive literature review:

  • MHS905 Empirical Research
  • MHS906 Literature Dissertation

Students may exit with Postgraduate Certificate in Health Science (Chinese Medicine) upon the successful completion of the first two of the three core modules-MHS801 and MHS802 (60 credits).