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 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.

Teaching Method

A textbook, used to train nurses, is the main resource. During the first year, from 5.00 to 7.00 on Saturday evening, those needing to complete this module are guided through the use of the textbook. At least one system is covered each month and students use the book to support their learning.


The 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
  • The urinary system
  • The genital and reproductive systems
  • The endocrine system
  • The immune system and the skin
  • Infections and tumours
  • The Central, Autonomic and peripheral Nervous systems
  • The eyes, nose and ears
  • Obstetrics and Children’s diseases