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Students practising pulse diagnosis.

Practising pulse diagnosis.


The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) is the first Acupuncture College in Ireland, set up in 1983.

We welcome part time students from Ireland, the UK and across Europe to our professional Acupuncture TCM training - the Licentiate programme.

Students from any background (including a non-medical one) can, on graduation from the part-time, 3 year Licentiate programme, set up in practice as qualified Acupuncture TCM Professionals.

Acupuncture and TCM are at the forefront of Alternative approaches to health and illness, focusing as they do, not only on treating and curing current illness but also on disease prevention and health enhancement.

We are currently accepting applications for the:

Our Post-graduate Diploma and Certificate courses are already running and will not be accepting new applicants until next year.

Chinese Affiliation

The College has had a formal affiliation with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) since 2002. GUCM first conferred a visiting professorship on the ICTCM's Director Tom Shanahan in 2004, who introduced Acupuncture TCM to Ireland in the early 1980s.

Senior College staff are hoping to revisit Guangzhou later this year to further consolidate this well-established relationship.

Graduates wishing to gain a Masters degree can, after only 5 years part time study (3 years on the Licentiate Programme and 2 years on the Masters Programme) gain an internationally recognised Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine conferred by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine(GUCM) provided there are sufficient suitable applicants for the Master degree.

Qualified Practitioners of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland

Graduates of the ICTCM are automatically eligible for membership of the PRTCM, Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

The Register maintains an online directory of qualified practitioners of Acupuncture TCM, Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong, and provides information on Traditional Chinese Medicine on its website.

Course Information


  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
  • Postgraduate

  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
  • Medical Qigong
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Open Courses

  • Health Giving Qigong

  • Director of the ICTCM Professor Shanahan with some of the students.

    Director of the ICTCM Professor Shanahan with some of the students.

    Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.

    Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.