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Professional Acupuncture Training (The Licentiate in TCM) and The Masters Degree in Acupuncture

The ICTCM now offers a unique opportunity for those from any background (including a non-medical background) to study Acupuncture TCM in Ireland, and, after only 5 years of 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.

The Licentiate in TCM is a part-time 3 year professional Acupuncture training programme which qualifies graduates to practice Acupuncture as a member of a professional organisation in Ireland and the UK. Conversion to a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine, requires only 2 further years of part time study.

This offers a cost effective means of gaining a recognised Masters degree in the field of Acupuncture while avoiding the high tuition fees associated with full-time degree programmes, such as those in the UK or US. Additionally, because the mode of attendance is part-time, students can continue to make a living during all 5 years of the programme. Graduates will be able to commence their TCM practices after approximately two and a half years.

The Licentiate in TCM Course

We are now accepting applications for the 2018 intake of this professional Acupuncture training course which begins in October each year.

For a Prospectus Pack, application form and fee information please contact the College or download it online. The Prospectus pack includes detailed information about the course structure and syllabus and the main advantages and benefits of completing your professional Acupuncture Training with the Irish College of TCM.

If you want to be a "Superior Practitioner" of Acupuncture TCM, able to use Acupuncture not only to alleviate, or even cure, current diseases but also to help a client to be better equipped to prevent future illness from occuring, then the Lic.TCM is the course for you.Read more »

If you wish to become a specialist in Acupuncture TCM able to assist healthy clients to remain that way, and even enhance their own health, then this comprehensive training programme (which provides more than just "Acupuncture" Training, being based on classical Chinese Medicine) enables the practitioner to use a full range of TCM diagnostic and therapeutic tools to achieve these ends.

Although the course is part time it is demanding, as it aspires to turn out fully competent and qualified, confident and professional practitioners in a relatively short time. It is, however, offered in a way which enables it to be accessible to people who are currently working full time in another career or in the home. (Go to the Admissions page for more information about the type of people who study with us.)

It is an intensive part-time course which runs for three years. There are twelve main teaching weekends for each of the first two years. Teaching sessions in the first two years are approximately monthly, in the third, Clinical year, fortnightly. Unlike other institutes, the ICTCM ensures that all teaching sessions are held only on Saturdays and Sundays.

All technical TCM terminology is taught in Chinese Pinyin.

Details of the Lic.TCM syllabus.

Information about current fees for the Licentiate in TCM.

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Clinical training

In the third year Clinical students, who have successfully completed all academic and practical examinations, transfer from the College to the Teaching Clinic. Under the supervision of an experienced Clinical Director, with first-hand knowledge of working in top hospitals and universities in China, students will undertake their clinical training.

Details of clinical training.


The content and format of the course is tailored specifically to the needs of TCM practitioners. This section is an integral part of the Licentiate course, and is taught and examined as such.


Candidates who already hold medical qualifications which encompass the syllabus may be eligible for exemption from this section of the Licentiate course. Evidence of appropriate western medicine training and qualifications will be required before any exemptions are made.


Assessment is on-going and covers all aspects of the syllabus including College work, extra-mural activities and Clinical competence. Assessment of students at all levels is rigorous and is based upon such assessment methods as monthly written homework, case studies, classroom tests, group discussions, individual tutorials, essays, academic assignments, role-play workshops, classroom presentations, point location workshops, practical point location sessions and every aspect of clinical performance. Records of Achievement and attendance, are kept throughout the course.

Formal examinations are set at the end of each year. An end-of-year examination fee will be charged at the appropriate time. Progression within the course, and final attainment of the qualification and certification, is subject to successful completion of all formal examinations, both theoretical and practical; the demonstration of wholly professional standards of conduct and fully competent Clinical performance.


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Qualification and Certification

At the end of the Clinical Training session those students who have satisfied the requirements of the course will be awarded the Licentiate in Traditional Chinese Medicine qualification, along with the appropriate certificate.

The Licentiate is recognised by the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine (PRTCM) - the first regulatory body of Acupuncture and TCM in Ireland. The qualification is in line with the entry requirements for the PRTCM and is approved, accredited and validated by them.

Graduates are automatically eligible to apply for entry to the Professional Register of Traditional Chinese Medicine and thus to take up a profession as a practitioner of Acupuncture and TCM.

They are also then eligible to take part in Postgraduate training with the ICTCM and its affiliated colleges. The Lic.TCM is deemed to be a Bachelor of Science-equivalent by our TCM partner University in China, and it qualifies graduates to apply for the Masters Degree referred to above.


Postgraduate Masters and Doctoral level Courses

These post-graduate degree programmes are run jointly with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM). The Degree "Master/Doctor of Chinese Medicine" will be conferred by Guangzhou University of TCM and the Ministry of Education of China. According to the agreements in place between, for example, Ireland and China and the UK and China, this Masters degree qualification will be fully recognised in Ireland and the UK and most other European countries.Read more »

The courses are taught in English and are based mainly at the ICTCM, in Dublin Ireland. Students attend the University in Guangzhou for approximately one block of between 5 and 10 days per academic year.

For details of the Doctoral and Masters Degrees, visit the relevant pages: Masters Degree in TCM and Doctoral Degree in TCM.

Contact the College if you would like to receive further details of the Masters and Doctoral degree programmes.

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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
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    Professor Tom Shanahan's visiting lecture in Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.

    Professor Tom Shanahan's visiting lecture in Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine.