Doctoral Degree in TCM


Run in conjunction with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM).

GUCM will only provide staff if there are sufficient suitably qualified applicants.

We have not received enough suitably qualified applicants, so GUCM are unable to provide staff and we are, therefore, not currently able to accept applications for this Degree programmes. However, the situation may change, so we are happy for you to register your interest if you meet the application requirements.

Are you interested in this programme?

If you already have a Masters degree in Chinese Medicine you can register your interest in this Doctoral Degree by contacting the College.

Please note that this is a part time programme so we cannot offer places to people who need a student visa.


This summary refers to programmes offered before 2018, and is provided only for reference.

  • 3 years
  • Part-time – for trained professional practitioners of TCM working and living in Europe or able to travel and study in Europe without needing a student visa.
  • Leading to a Doctor of Chinese Medicine degree awarded by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and the Chinese Department of Education
  • Students will be registered with both Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine (GUCM) and the Irish College of TCM, the affiliated TCM College of GUCM in Ireland.
  • In the first year students will study the requisite number of compulsory taught modules (approximately 6).
  • Students will go to Guangzhou at the beginning of the first year to enrol on the programme with Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine, and to register with the Department of Education in China.
  • They will complete 2 or 3 of the taught modules during this visit to Guangzhou. (Approximately one week in Guangzhou).
  • The remaining modules will mainly be taught at the Irish College of TCM (ICTCM) in Dublin by academic staff from GUCM or during the second year visit to GUCM described below.
  • Each student will have a specialist thesis supervisor from GUCM and will visit China again in the second year to meet the supervisor. (Approximately one week in Guangzhou).
  • Students will propose the topic of their thesis and conduct a literature review.
  • The second and third years will be mainly devoted to textual, clinical or laboratory-based research on the basis of which the thesis/dissertation will be written.
  • Students may conduct their research in Ireland (or other neighbouring European countries if appropriate) at clinical or research establishments approved by GUCM.
  • Alternatively they may go to Guangzhou, if they wish, during the second year and/or third year and conduct their research there.
  • All Students will defend their thesis in Guangzhou at the end of the final year.
  • The course will be taught in English. (On some occasions it may be taught in Chinese with English translation.) All technical TCM terminology is taught in Chinese Pinyin.

You can find our other postgraduate courses here.