Study on our high-quality acupuncture courses at the Northern College of Acupuncture


BSc (Hons) and MSc in Acupuncture courses (weekend and weekday) – our next courses begin in October 2017. Eligible students can apply now for a student loan for our BSc in Acupuncture.

About the Northern College of Acupuncture

Join marketing manager Denise Magson as she takes you on a virtual tour of the College and introduces you to our staff and students.

The Northern College of Acupuncture is just around the corner from some of York's most famous attractions, including the York Minster.


York is an exciting city and a great place to study! It has a lot to offer including plenty of accommodation, shopping, restaurants, coffee bars, cinemas and all the amenities you would expect. Step out of our front door and you are right in the heart of the historic centre.

Established in 1988, the Northern College of Acupuncture is a registered charity. Since the early days the College has gone from strength to strength. We educate acupuncturists, practitioners of Chinese herbal medicine and nutritional therapists and we run a thriving and well respected teaching clinic offering acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tuina Chinese massage and nutritional therapy to the local community.

We were the first teaching institution of any kind in the UK to offer a University degree in acupuncture, the first to offer a University degree in Chinese herbal medicine, and the first to achieve professional accreditation for our acupuncture courses, as well as our courses in nutritional therapy and Chinese herbal medicine. Back in 1990 we established our sister research charity, the Foundation for Research into Traditional Chinese Medicine (FRTCM), which is now based at the College, recognising the need to carry out robust research into the value of these therapies.


Our building on Micklegate in York city centre

Acupuncture courses and treatment are available at the Northern College of Acupuncture, located on Micklegate in York city centre.

A milestone for us was the move in the millennium year to our beautiful Georgian building here in Micklegate, right in the heart of the historic city.

Our elegant building with its sweeping staircases, high ceilings and airy rooms is beloved by staff, students and clinic patients. It was adapted to our purpose by the York Conservation Trust and houses both the College and the teaching clinics. We have three large teaching rooms, an extensively stocked library, IT facilities, kitchen facilities, a small outside area and a car park for the clinic. The ground floor clinic has treatment rooms, reception and a waiting area, and there are staff offices and more treatment rooms on the top floor.





Easy to get to


York is on the main East coast train line that links London with Edinburgh and there are excellent links by rail to every major city in the country. We are about a 5 minute walk from the station.

Rail journey times:

London 1 hour 45 minutes
Edinburgh 2 hours 30 minutes
Glasgow 3 hours 32 minutes
Peterborough 1 hour 15 minutes
Manchester 1 hour 15 minutes
Newcastle 1 hour

Road links are excellent with dual carriageway links to the A1/M1 North and South and M62 East and West. There are ‘park and ride’ facilities on all the major entry roads and all-day city centre car parks close to the College.