The acupuncture courses overview
BSc and MSc degrees
You can choose between our BSc or an MSc in Acupuncture and study on our weekend course or our weekday course. On both courses you will be able to practise as a professional acupuncturist after successfully completing our three year practitioner training.
On our BSc in Acupuncture, full-time students complete the course in three years and are awarded the BSc by Middlesex University; part-time students can complete the course in four to six years. Students studying on our MSc in Acupuncture also qualify to practise after three years, but then go on to complete the dissertation part of their MSc, which takes one more year of mostly home study. Upon successful completion of the dissertation students are awarded the MSc by Middlesex University. Both the BSc and MSc courses are taught together by blended learning, and attendance in class and clinic is complemented by a series of online e-learning sessions and by substantial amounts of home-study. MSc students also have extra tutorials in addition to their classroom attendance.
Our BSc and MSc programmes are quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
These courses are accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Council.
The Northern College of Acupuncture has undergone a Review for Specific Course Designation by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and has received its final report.
BSc (Hons) in Acupuncture
Our BSc degree course is a three year practitioner training as well as an academic degree course. It is open to you if you do not have prior University experience, and the course provides structure and guidance as you learn. Most often students on our BSc are mature people, without an initial degree, who are looking for a career change. Some students come to us straight from A levels - or after a gap year. Students on our BSc are often accessing government student loans. Upon successful completion of the three years’ practitioner training you will be eligible to apply to the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC) and start to practise as a fully qualified acupuncture practitioner.
Our BSc in Acupuncture is also open to you if you already have a degree but do not wish to undertake the MSc course.
Xander Kuperij - BSc Graduate
"The BSc course is a “spring-board” into traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture and although it is three years, time seems short. I see it as a really comprehensive introduction; a foundation upon which to build extensive knowledge. The enthusiasm is contagious and you will see yourself becoming a safe and well rounded practitioner with a lot to offer. Go with it – grow with it!"
MSc in Acupuncture
Our masters degree course is open to students who already have a first degree, or degree equivalent professional qualification or work experience. It is one of the few acupuncture courses in the UK to combine practitioner training with Masters level study. The MSc is for those who welcome the chance to explore the material in greater depth. For the three years of studying, for part one of your MSc you will mostly learn side-by-side with BSc students, but with extra tutorials in College and by e-learning. When you have successfully completed the first three years you will be eligible to apply for membership of the professional body, the BAcC, and go into practice. In your fourth year you will undertake part two of the MSc, the research dissertation - this is your chance to explore a subject which interests you, in real depth. Postgraduate loans will be available from 2017.
Patricia Blee - MSc Graduate
“I'm very happy to have taken part in the MSc programme and it was definitely worth doing. I have been able to develop even more skills in addition to my acupuncture training – such as organisation and statistical analysis. My dissertation - “Is Auricular Acupuncture Effective in Reducing Anxiety in Patients Attending for Magnetic Resonance Imaging? A Pilot Study” - like all Masters, was very self-directed and it gave me a wonderful feeling of accomplishment at the end. Peggy the Research Director offered fantastic support and enthusiasm throughout.”