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Welcome to the first Acupuncture College in Ireland - the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM).

The ICTCM is an Acupuncture college based in Dublin, Ireland and provides part time professional Acupuncture courses and TCM training in its own college and clinical premises near the 02 at Point Depot, in Dublin 3.

Our postgraduate programmes include a Master of Chinese Medicine Degree, a Doctoral Degree in Chinese Medicine and post-graduate Certificate and Diplomas courses in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong.

With the advent of the Master and Doctoral programmes, the ICTCM now offers a unique opportunity to study Acupuncture TCM in Ireland, and, after only 5 years part time study (most of which is completed in Ireland), gain an internationally recognised Masters degree in Chinese Medicine conferred by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) and recognised by the Chinese Department of Education.

This follows the signing of a revised agreement with GUCM to offer both a Master and Doctoral degree in TCM, in Ireland.

For a the 2014 prospectus pack, application form and fee information please contact the College. This information is also available for download online.

Chinese Affiliation:

The College has had a formal affiliation with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) since 2002. GUCM conferred a visiting professorship on the ICTCM's Director Tom Shanahan in 2004.

In December 2005 the ICTCM also signed an historic agreement with GUCM to run a joint Masters Degree Programme, (mainly in Ireland) leading to a Master of Chinese Medicine Degree conferred by GUCM. In May 2012 we signed a further agreement extending the postgraduate programme to include a Doctor of Chinese Medicine for those TCM practitioners who already hold a relevant Masters degree.

The range of specialisms that can be studied and researched, as part of the Masters and Doctors programmes, has also been extended and now additionally includes Chinese Herbal Medicine.

TCM and Acupuncture in Ireland Today

When TCM was first introduced to Ireland by Thomas Shanahan in the early 1980s, very few people had heard of Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine. Nowadays, many people actively choose Alternative Medicine either as an adjunct to Western Medical treatment or as a means of treating illnesses which have not responded well to other forms of medicine.

Acupuncture and TCM are at the forefront of such 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.

Qualified Practitioners of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland

Currently Alternative and Complementary Medicine is not regulated by the Irish Government. Acupuncture TCM is however subject to robust voluntary self-regulation.

Graduates of the ICTCM are automatically eligible for membership in the PRTCM, Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Founded in 1983, the PRTCM is the first and oldest professional body representing and regulating the profession of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland - including Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Medical Qigong.

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.

The PRTCM is actively involved in the discussion of the future of the profession in Ireland and is currently taking part, under the auspices of the Department of Health and Children, in a Steering Group on Acupuncture and a Steering Group on Herbal Medicine in Ireland.

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

  • Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.

    Students of the ICTCM studying the pulse.

    Students in a seminar with Professor Shanahan.

    Students in a seminar with Professor Shanahan.