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Doctoral Degree in TCM

Doctor of Chinese Medicine specialising in


As stated in the Agreement between Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine:

The course is designed to enable TCM professionals to gain a fully-recognised Masters or Doctoral Degree from a leading Chinese Medicine University in China while mainly working and living in Ireland/Europe during the majority of the post-graduate degree programmes.

This is a rare opportunity to undertake high level post-graduate study in Chinese Medicine from a European base with only a minimum number of requisite visits to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China.

On successful completion of all aspects of the programme, GUCM will issue graduation certificates and academic Masters or Doctoral Degree certificates recognised by the Ministry of Education in the People's Republic of China and thus recognised by all countries having a Mutual recognition of Degree qualifications agreement with the People's Republic of China.



Taught Courses

The exact taught courses which a student will undertake will be dependent on their TCM specialism. However, the Courses will normally be drawn from:

Research and Thesis/Dissertation

Detailed information about the Research component and the Dissertation requirements will be provided to students, by GUCM, once their application has been approved.

The dissertation or thesis will be written in English and students are responsible for translating the abstracts into Chinese and paying the resulting translation fees where applicable.

Who can apply

Applicants must hold a Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine or other related disciplines.

As the Doctoral Degree in Chinese Medicine is specifically designed for those who are already qualified and practising in the field of TCM, the applicant must normally already be trained in their specialist Chinese Medical field. Thus:-

Applicants with a Masters Degree in Western Medicine or other related disciplines, who are not trained professionals in the TCM field, must show that they will be able to conduct effective research within the field of Chinese Medicine.

Part time students will be expected to normally reside in Ireland or other parts of Europe for the majority of the post-graduate programme. Full time students will be expected to normally reside in Ireland for the majority of the post-graduate programme.

More information can be found on the Admissions page.

How to apply

Applicants wishing to apply for the Doctoral programme must complete a Post-graduate Application form obtainable from The College Secretary or online as a pdf file. This must be completed and sent, with a covering letter, copies of prior qualifications and a passport-sized photograph, to the College Registrar of the ICTCM. An application fee, if required, must be enclosed with your application.

Academic references will be taken up for all applicants and proof of prior qualifications and experience will be required.

A good standard of both spoken and written English is an essential requirement for all candidates. An English language examination, or an interview in English, must be undertaken if demanded.

GUCM requires all applicants to sit its Entrance examination prior to starting the programme. Applicants from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will be required to sit the Entrance examination in Guangzhou at the normal designated time of year (approximately March/April each year), and their applications must, therefore be received by October of the preceding year .

A fee will be charged for the GUCM examination (and for any additionally-stipulated English language examination).

Fee Information

Application Fee: 200 Euro

For full fee information please contact The College Secretary or view fees as pdf online.

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  • Licentiate in Acupuncture TCM
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  • Masters Degree in TCM
  • Doctoral Degree in TCM
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  • Health Giving Qigong

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  • 2016 Application Form (Lic.TCM)
  • 2016 Course Fees and Payment Plan (Lic.TCM)
  • Prospectus Including Syllabus
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Postgraduate

  • 2016 Application Procedures
  • 2016 Application Forms
  • 2016 Entrance Examination Form
  • 2016 Confidential Recommendation Forms