Master in Biological-Naturopathic Studies specializing in Acupuncture and / or Phytotherapy Chinese Tradition

Program Presentation

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the oldest forms of Eastern medicine developed in China throughout its ancient cultural evolution.

This millenary medicine includes different therapies, in which acupuncture and therapies with herbs and nutrition stand out the most. Such therapies are being considered not only as an important part of complementary and alternative medicine but also as reinforcement to conventional medicine.

This Master is a blended learning program developed in collaboration with the European Foundation for TCM. This training is based on online resources developed under the supervision of the TCM Universities of Beijing and Yunnan, and has workshops and classroom practice in approved institutions in different countries.

In the final part of the program, students can choose between writing a Final Project or taking the opportunity to travel to China or Cuba to undertake an internship at the hospital where TCM is practiced.

Note: The internship at a TCM hospital implies an added expense for travel and lodging.

Who is the programme for?

The Master's Degree in Biological-Naturopathic Studies specializing in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Phytotherapy has as its recipients Certified / Graduates in Health Sciences who wish to:

  • Inquire further into the prevention of disease.
  • Apply Biological-Naturopathic Medicine practices in the treatment of illnesses
  • Develop the study of disease from a more holistic point of view.
  • Have at their disposal more working tools in their professional practice.

Note: Those students without a university degree in health sciences most complete a preparatory module in health sciences.

Diploma

Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Master in Biological-Naturopathic Studies specializing in Acupuncture and / or Phytotherapy Chinese Tradition.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

Regarding study time allocations it is established that:

  • Being an Online Program and not being subjected to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that the student can enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic and educational reasons a minimum Program attendance of at least twelve (12) months is required.
  • The maximum time limit to complete the course is twenty four (24) months. During this period of time, the student must submit all corresponding course assignments.

The credit structure for the Master's Degree in Biological - Naturopathic Studies specializing in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Phytotherapy is as follows:

  CREDITSa LENGTHb HOURS
1st Part: Introductory 8 3 80
2nd Part: Mandatory 32 6 320
3rd Part: Optional 45 12 450
4th Part: Research Methods and Final Project or Internship in a Hospital of the People’s Republic of China or Cuba 15 3 150
TOTAL 100 24 1000

a. The equivalence in credits may vary according to the university that grants the degree
b. Length in months

Objectives

General Objectives

  • To provide advanced knowledge in Naturopathic and traditional Chinese Medicine.
  • To facilitate updated knowledge through new technologies of information and communications by means of a tutored learning process.

Specific Objectives

  • To train specialists in Biological-Naturopathic Studies specializing in acupuncture and/or traditional Chinese herbs.
  • To provide students with the necessary knowledge of the practical skills necessary to develop their expertise in acupuncture and/or traditional Chinese herbal medicine.
  • To ensure a complete theoretical and applied training (workshops, practice, internship in TCM university hospitals of the People's Republic of China, etc.).

Study Plan

The curriculum of the Master's Degree in Biological-Naturopathic Studies specializing in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture and Phytotherapy is organizad according to four (4) sequential areas.

  • 1st PART: INTRODUCTORY (80 HOURS)

The subjects and the hours that make up the first part: Fundamentals of Biological-Naturopathic Medicine are shown in the following table:

1st PART : FUNDAMENTALS OF BIOLOGICAL-NATUROPATHIC MEDICINE
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 History of Biological-Naturopathic Medicine 30
2 History and Philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine 20
3 Nutrition 20
4 Phytotherapy 10
TOTAL 80
  • 2nd PART: MANDATORY (320 HOURS)

The subjects and the hours that make up the second part: Mandatory Fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine:

2nd PART : FUNDAMENTALS OF CHINESE TRADITIONAL MEDICINE
# SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Basic Theory (Part I) 70
2 Basic Theory (Part II) 70
3 Diagnostic 70
4 Syndrome Differentiation 70
5 TCM Therapeutics 20
6 Auriculotherapy 20
TOTAL 320

Workshops and clinical practice will be carried out at the Guang an Men clinics at Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia; and in other participating centers.

  • 3rd PART: OPTIONAL (450 HOURS)

In this part the student must choose one of the following two programs:

OPTATIVE 1: OPTATIVE ACUPUNCTURE
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Meridians and Points (Part I) 80
2 Meridians and Points (Part II) 80
3 Acupuncture Techniques 50
4 Acupuncture-Internal Medicine 60
5 Acupuncture-Specialties 60
6 Practices 120
TOTAL 450
OPTATIVE 2: TRADITIONAL CHINESE PHYTOTHERAPY
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Pharmacopeia 1 70
2 Pharmacopeia 2 70
3 Prescription 100
4 Phytotherapeutic Treatment (MI) 70
5 Traditional Chinese Medicine Dietetics 50
6 Practices 90
TOTAL 450
  • 4th PART: RESEARCH METHODS AND FINAL PROJECT OR INTERNSHIP IN A HOSPITAL OF THE PEOPLE’S REPUBLIC OF CHINA OR CUBA (150 HOURS)

The last part of the Master's degree is designed to carry out the Final Project or an Internship in a hospital of the People's Republic of China or Cuba.

The Final project must contribuye to the field of study or to the relationship, both theoretical and applied among the related disciplines.

Regarding the Internship in a Hospital of the People's Republic of China or Cuba, several groups are formed per year, so students who choose this possibility should adjust their availability accordingly.

OPTION 1: RESEARCH METHODS AND FINAL PROJECT
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Research Methods 50
2 Final Project 100
TOTAL 150
OPTION 2: HOSPITAL INTERNSHIP
  SUBJECTS HOURS
1 Research Methods 50
2 Internship in a Hospital 100
TOTAL 150

Note: The contents of the academic program may be subject to slight modifications, depending on the updates or the improvements made.

Management

Academic Administration

  • Dr. Carlos Llopis Martínez. General Secretary of the European Foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine. Department Director of Traditional Chinese Phytotherapy from the Higher School of TCM.

General Academic Coordination

  • Vânia Alexandre. Coordinator of the Area in Natural Health.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER) allocates periodically an extraordinary economic item for FUNIBER Training Scholarships.

To apply, please fill out the information request form that appears in the web of FUNIBER or contact directly the Foundation’s headquarters in your country that will inform you if you need to provide some additional information.

Once the documentation is received, the Evaluation Committee will determine your application's eligibility for the FUNIBER Training Scholarship.