As stated in the Agreement between Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine and the Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine:
The course is designed to enable TCM professionals to gain a fully-recognised Masters or Doctoral Degree from a leading Chinese Medicine University in China while mainly working and living in Ireland/Europe during the majority of the post-graduate degree programmes.
This is a rare opportunity to undertake high level post-graduate study in Chinese Medicine from a European base with only a minimum number of requisite visits to Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in China.
On successful completion of all aspects of the programme, GUCM will issue graduation certificates and academic Masters or Doctoral Degree certificates recognised by the Ministry of Education in the People's Republic of China and thus recognised by all countries having a Mutual recognition of Degree qualifications agreement with the People's Republic of China.
The exact taught courses which a student will undertake will be dependent on their TCM specialism. However, the Courses will normally be drawn from:
Detailed information about the Research component and the Dissertation requirements will be provided to students, by GUCM, once their application has been approved.
The dissertation or thesis will be written in English and students are responsible for translating the abstracts into Chinese and paying the resulting translation fees where applicable.
Applicants must hold a Bachelor Degree in Chinese Medicine, Western Medicine or other related disciplines. The Lic.TCM issued by ICTCM is regarded by Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine as equivalent to a BSc degree for direct entry to this Masters programme.
Applicants with other qualifications in the TCM field will have their qualification-level assessed by GUCM. Only qualifications deemed to be at Bachelor Degree level will be acceptable.
As the Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine is specifically designed for those who are already qualified and practising in the field of TCM, the applicant must normally already be trained in their specialist Chinese Medical field. Qualifications required for the different specialisms are:
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree in Western Medicine or other related disciplines, who are not trained professionals in the TCM field, must show that they will be able to conduct effective research within the field of Chinese Medicine.
Part time students will be expected to normally reside in Ireland or other parts of Europe for the majority of the post-graduate programme. Full time students will be expected to normally reside in Ireland for the majority of the post-graduate programme.
Applicants wishing to apply for the Masters programme must complete a Post-graduate Application form. This must be completed and sent, with a covering letter, copies of prior qualifications and a passport-sized photograph, to the College Registrar of the ICTCM. An application fee must be enclosed with your application.
Academic references will be taken up for all applicants and proof of prior qualifications and experience will be required.
A good standard of both spoken and written English is an essential requirement for all candidates. An English language examination, or an interview in English, must be undertaken if demanded.
GUCM requires all applicants to sit its Entrance examination prior to starting the programme. Applicants from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan will be required to sit the Entrance examination in Guangzhou at the normal designated time of year (approximately March/April each year), and their applications must, therefore be received by October of the preceding year .
A fee will be charged for the GUCM examination (and for any additionally-stipulated English language examination).