Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
- Program code: MC138
- Campus: Bundoora campus
You'll study the theory and practice of Chinese herbal medicine, medicinal chemistry, botany, pharmacology and toxicology, and clinical practice as well as the interaction of herbs and drugs.
This program offers a new pathway for all primary health care practitioners and science graduates (clinical diagnosis is required) to qualify for Chinese herbal medicine practice.
Graduates meet the requirements set by the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria and equivalent accrediting bodies in other states.
3 years part-time
Learning and teaching
RMIT offers a variety of learning and teaching approaches including lectures, seminars, studios, workshops, presentations, group discussions and syndicate work. These are primarily in English. You will have access to online resources through the myRMIT student portal.
Ongoing assessment throughout the semester includes examinations, essays, reports, oral classes, presentations, group projects, research projects, laboratory projects and practical assignments.
The Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) consists of 144 credit points.
You'll study courses including:
- Botany, Medicinal Chemistry and Research Methods
- Chinese Medicine Theory
- Chinese Materia Medica and Formulae
- Pharmacology and Toxicology
- Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine
- Clinical Chinese Medicine
- Professional Issues and Project
- Supervised Clinical Practice.
The following program structure(s) is an example of what students are currently studying in this program.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
Graduates will be prepared for private or group practice.
Professional recognition and accreditation
This program is approved by the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia.
As a graduate you'll be accepted by the Board, subject to continued accreditation, and can begin practising in Victoria.
The program is also recognised by the Australian Natural Therapists Association (ANTA) and the Federation of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Societies of Australia Inc. (FCMA).
You must meet the University entry requirements for this type of program.
If you satisfy the following requirements you will be eligible for selection; however, there is no guarantee that you will be selected as demand for the program varies each intake.
Program entry requirements
You must hold an appropriate bachelor degree in the health care profession or medical sciences (including studies in bioscience, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, immunology and pathology).
You must be competent in physical examination and diagnosis to ensure safe practice when employing acupuncture or Chinese herbal medicine.
If you require development in this area, you can undertake bridging courses in diagnosis and differential diagnosis in western medicine before or during your first year.
How to apply
- Check the application dates to see when to apply
- Ensure you meet all of the entry requirements (see above section)
- Choose your application method and apply
- If applicable, complete the selection tasks for your program (see above section)
- For the best chance of success, submit your application by the deadline for timely applications.
This program is full fee paying only. Postgraduate tuition fees vary according to each program and are adjusted annually.
The following fee assistance is available for this program:
- FEE-HELP is an optional loan scheme that assists eligible full-fee paying students to pay all or part of their tuition fees.
Some courses attract additional expenses.
If you've studied an approved acupuncture program at another institute, you can apply for exemptions.
Although RMIT endeavours to ensure the accuracy of this information, there is no guarantee it will remain accurate all year. Applicants are advised to confirm program details with the appropriate school before making an application.