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MScHerbal Medicine

Tuition fee £13,500 per year
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The course develops qualified herbal practitioners. The focus is on furthering your growth as a scholar practitioner, and enabling you to develop as a leader in research, clinical governance and policy and practice within the Herbal Medicine profession, while advancing your own professional practice. The underpinning ethos is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and practical experience to enhance your professional role in the field of Herbal Medicine. This is fostered through the academic and professional experience in both the theoretical concepts and the diagnostic practice within your own specialty.

The course presents appropriate clinical and analytical content in an inter-professional dimension, and engenders an understanding and appreciation of the importance and role of peer mentoring and supervision. It will support your research in a specialist area, enable you to develop a wide variety of transferable skills and critical analytical skills, and provide a forum in which you can engage with contemporary issues and debates within the discipline.

Programme structure

Core modules

In-depth exploration of the current nature and context of herbal medicine, relating uses of herbs from different countries and form different herbal traditions to contemporary research and the evidence base for therapeutic applications. Detailed study of selected important herbs and herbal preparation.

This module aims to develop your clinical reasoning as a confident, independent and effective clinician within a community of practice. We will consider how we use deductive and inductive reasoning, intuition or tacit knowledge, narrative reasoning and experience. Knowledge and practice will be challenged through observation and discussion of clinical situations within your own discipline and in inter-disciplinary care. Group and individual supervision and mentoring will help you to develop the reflexive skills of the practitioner. You will need to undertake the equivalent of one day a week in practice to complete this module.

In-depth exploration of a range of medicinal herbs from different countries and from different herbal traditions, and the evidence base for their therapeutic use; critical evaluation of the clinical use of herbal medicine in the context of integrated health care and current legislation; consideration of efficacy and effectiveness for chosen herbs in specific therapeutic application of health conditions.

This module provides a foundation of knowledge and skills needed to undertake ethical work-based research at Masters level. The module covers principles and practice of research with a focus on study design and methods of data collection, analysis and evaluation. It is taught in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment within which students develop their knowledge, understanding and skills as researchers.

You will develop the skills you need to review and critique the evidence relating to contemporary issues in your relevant field, by gaining academic credit for formal learning such as seminars, conference presentations and workshops, and disseminating your findings in a collaborative inter-professional setting.

The purpose of this module is to enable you to undertake a supervised research project relevant to your area of professional practice and/or work setting. The module aims to develop your capacity as an autonomous researcher, applying effective, rigorous, and ethical research skills in the critical in-depth investigation of a chosen topic relevant to practice. You will generate and critically analyse data; present your results and discuss your findings in the context of previously published work.

Career opportunities

At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States