University of Westminster

Course Introduction

The University of Westminster leads the way in complementary medicine training and education. Our courses will equip you with the skills, knowledge, attitudes and practical expertise essential for a career in professional healthcare; the course is designed to provide practitioner education to the professional entry standards and values of the National Institute of Herbal Medicine and the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy. Our focus is to educate scholarly and inquisitive practitioners of herbal medicine who, through their skills, critical thinking and mindfulness, can meet the health needs of a range of patients in the context of current medical systems and debates on science and tradition. As a Westminster student you will have unrivalled opportunities to gain practical experience of clinical working though the Polyclinic, our on'site teaching environment which offers low'cost access to the general public for a wide range of complementary medicine treatments and therapies.

Course Modules

Year 1: Biochemistry and phytochemistry; botany and botanical medicine; herbal practice 1; perspectives in complementary medicine; the therapeutic relationship. Year 2: Dietetics and dietary therapy; herbal medicine practice 2; pathophysiology; pharmacology; research methods in complementary medicine. Year 3: Dissertation; herbal medicine clinical skills; HM materia medica; HM therapeutics; refining the therapeutic relationship; starting a practice; systems pathology.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £12,500  Academic year. First year overseas fees
3 years
Full Time
BSc (Hons) £9,000  Academic year. First year home fees
5 years
Part Time
BSc (Hons)

Qualifications required:

  • GCE A-level
  • SQA Higher CCCC
  • Irish Leaving Certificates CCCDD
  • International Baccalaureate 26
  • GCE AS-level
  • SQA Advanced Higher
  • GCSE/SQA Standard Grade
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma DD
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma MMD
  • BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma

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33% Total study time lectures

Total Written: 17%

Total Coursework: 81%

Total Practical: 2%

£4,700 - £6,700
Typical cost of university accommodation

£5,400 - £9,000
Typical cost of private accommodation