Graduates of ICTCM

Application Procedures and Admission Policy

Who Can Apply

Who Can Apply

The College has an equal opportunities policy. People who study Chinese Medicine at the Irish College of TCM come from all walks of life, from many different countries and from a wide variety of backgrounds. References are taken up for all applicants and interviews are offered to all those who meet the basic requirements for entry to a given programme, as described below.

Interviews are conducted and places are then offered on a first come, first served basis. Detailed information on course venue, dates, times and all other relevant particulars are provided once a place has been accepted.

It should be noted that we cannot consider applications, for any of our part time courses, from overseas students needing a Student Visa.

Professional Acupuncture Training (Lic.TCM)


Professional Acupuncture Training (Lic.TCM)

No specific formal educational qualifications are required. There is no upper age limit. No western medical training or prior Chinese Medicine training is required. Each applicant will be considered on his or her own merits.

Prospective students must, on the basis of their references and interview, show that they:-

  • are are fully competent to meet the educational and other demands of the course.
  • are fully committed to an intensive and demanding course of theoretical and practical study
  • display personal attributes suited to a caring profession
  • are over twenty one years of age and of mature disposition

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Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Level


Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma Level

These courses are all specifically designed for qualified practitioners of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and/or qualified practitioners of Chinese Herbal Medicine. Practitioners must have a good theoretical grounding in TCM and wish to expand their range of therapeutic options to include either Chinese Herbal Medicine or Medical Qigong.

Applicants must have:

  • Good theoretical knowledge of TCM
  • Clinical competence in TCM diagnostics
  • Clinical experience and the ability to communicate with and treat clients in their current TCM specialism
  • A good command of English. (Familiarity with the main TCM terminology in Pinyin will be an advantage but not a requirement)
  • Applicants will be required to provide proof of their TCM practitioner status and qualifications.

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Master and Doctor of Medicine Degrees


Master and Doctor of Medicine Degrees

  • Applicants must meet the requirements set out in the section above (Certificate and Diploma Level Requirements)
  • Applicants for the Masters Degree must have a Bachelor degree in Acupuncture or Chinese Medicine or a recognised equivalent such as the Licentiate in TCM
  • Applicants for the Doctoral Degree must already have a recognised Masters degree
  • As these qualifications are validated by the Government of China, additional requirements may apply and all applicants must complete an Entrance Examination set by the Chinese Government for entry to Master and Doctoral Degrees in China.

Further information.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

Applicants must complete an Application form:

These must be sent, with a covering letter and a passport-sized photograph, to the College Registrar either by post or as email attachments. In the covering letter you should mention all the main factors which make you a suitable and serious applicant for this course.

The application forms are included in the full application pack below.

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Application Pack

Application Pack

Select the approppriate course below.

Lic.TCM Application Pack 2018
(Undergraduate Acupuncture Training)


Lic.TCM Application Pack 2018
(Undergraduate Acupuncture Training)

Masters/Doctoral Degree Application Pack onwards
(Postgraduate Training)


Masters/Doctoral Degree Application Pack
(Postgraduate Training)

Professional Training in Qigong 2017 onwards


Professional Training in Qigong 2017 onwards

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Course Fees and Deposits

Course Fees and Deposits

Details of the Tuition fees are available online.

  • It should be noted that the fee is an annual one. If a student chooses to leave before the end of the academic year a fee refund is NOT provided.
  • Deposits are non-refundable as they secure a place for a person on a particular course. Administrative decisions will sometimes be made on the basis of the number of deposits held.
  • If you are on a payment plan and leave before the end of the current year of the course you will still be required to complete payment for the full year.
  • Failure to meet the financial commitments will be cause for immediate exclusion from the course and the College.
  • Fees are normally set in advance for the whole programme allowing students to plan and manage their financial commitments. If students get into financial difficulties they should discuss this as soon as possible with the College Registrar.
  • We reserve the right to increase fees for subsequent years should this be required due to factors beyond our control.

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Dates: The Irish College of TCM College Calendar

Dates: The Irish College of TCM College Calendar

The professional Acupuncture TCM training course begins in October each year and interviews are currently taking place for this year's course.

The first Post Graduate Certificate and Diplomas course in Medical Qigong started in September/October 2006. Normally a new course is started every 18-24 months. Applications are currently being accepted for the next intake.

The Master and Doctoral Degrees are run jointly with GUCM who have a semester-based academic year. The next start dates have not yet been determined as they depend on sufficient properly qualified students expressing an interest in these degree programmes.

CPD programmes take place from time to time as required.

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Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Guangzhou University of TCM