Western Medical Sciences

Western Medical Sciences Module

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 will 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.

Teaching Method

A textbook, used to train nurses, is the main resource. During the first year, those needing to complete this module are guided through the use of the textbook by a member of staff who is a trained TCM practitioner and is experienced in providing an introduction to Western Medicine. Some of our staff are trained in both TCM Acupuncture and in Western Medicine.

The Western Medicine Module teaching sessions are all held via Zoom, from 9.00 to 12.00 on a Saturday morning from October to March only, during the first year. These session are NOT on the same weekends as the TCM teaching.

At least one system is taught each month and students use the book to support their learning.


The main topics covered include the basic anatomy, physiology and pathology of common diseases.

The Internal Medicine and Pharmacology of the following systems and organs is normally covered:

  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Urinary system
  • Genital and reproductive systems
  • Endocrine system
  • Immune system and the skin
  • Infections and tumours
  • Central, Autonomic and peripheral Nervous systems
  • The eyes, nose and ears
  • Obstetrics and Children’s diseases

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