Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.

Course summary

Herbal medicine has developed from the traditional use of plants and plant extracts from many parts of the world, confirmed and updated by scientific understanding and research. However, it maintains a holistic approach to treatment, focusing on illness in the person rather than symptoms of disease.

This course provides a practice-oriented education in herbal medicine, which includes both the theoretical and clinical development necessary for working with patients, and the preparation and dispensing of remedies. The course also includes fieldwork, growing and gathering herbs within approved organic sites, and visiting herb collections and conservation habitats. Your development as a scholar practitioner comes together in our innovative Polyclinic where, under the guidance of experienced tutors, your learning from the various aspects of the course is integrated.

The course is structured to support your intellectual, professional and practical skills development. Much of this is achieved through the use of themes that run through the modules and across levels. So in addition to the specific knowledge and skills required in herbal medicine the course integrates clinical skills development, health sciences, personal and professional development, and research skills.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Academic Skills 
  • Biology and Human Biology
  • Chemistry I: Inorganic and Physical 
  • Chemistry II: Bio-Organic 
  • Perspectives on Health

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Anatomy and Clinical Skills
  • Biochemistry
  • Botany
  • Clinical Practice 1
  • Materia Medica 1
  • Physiology

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Practice 2
  • Clinical Skills 2
  • Materia Medica 2
  • Pathology and Clinical Medicine
  • Pathophysiology
  • Research in Clinical Practice

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Clinical Practice 3
  • Clinical Skills 3
  • Dissertation
  • HM Therapeutics 3
  • Materia Medica 3
  • Starting Your Practice

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is fully accredited by the European Herbal & Traditional Medicine Practitioners Association (EHTPA) and you will be able to apply for membership of the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) or the College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy (CPP) when you have successfully completed Year 3.

Complementary Medicine at Westminster has been ranked 5th in The Complete University Guide League Table 2018.

Herbal and East Asian Medicine (HEAM) courses at Westminster have been ranked 10th out of 84 institutions in the Guardian University League Tables 2018.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – BBC in non-Science subjects
  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma – DMM/D*D* in non-Science subjects

We welcome applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications. Applicants will be expected to successfully complete a selection workshop.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Blended-learning science course for graduates

For graduates without a background in sciences, the Faculty offers a three-part course (Biochemistry, Physiology, Biology) in blended-learning mode. You can study the majority of each module at home, with occasional visits to the University for practical sessions. For more information, visit our Life Sciences Foundation Online Course pages.

Applicants with relevant work or learning experience may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for some modules of this online course.

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 26 points (not to include Higher Level science)

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Pre-sessional English programmes

Need to improve your English before starting your course? We offer summer pre-sessional English programmes to help develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our pre-sessional English programmes.

Blended-learning science course for graduates

For graduates without a background in sciences, the Faculty offers a three-part course (Biochemistry, Physiology, Biology) in blended-learning mode. You can study the majority of each module at home, with occasional visits to the University for practical sessions. For more information, visit our Life Sciences Foundation Online Course pages.

Applicants with relevant work or learning experience may be eligible for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for some modules of this online course.

Careers

Students graduating from this course are primarily being prepared to private practice as independent Herbal Medicine Practitioners.

There are also some graduates who progress on to roles in education in Herbal Medicine practice and into herbal product production or retail. Very often, graduates have developed portfolio careers comprised of several roles in different areas of practice of Herbal Medicine.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (The £6,000 UK/EU fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full UK/EU undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

Complementary Medicine at Westminster

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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