Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

Post-Graduate Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine

(2021- 2023)

Fully accredited by ATCM

 Programme Overview

Our PG Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine is open to postgraduate practitioners with an existing acupuncture qualification. This 2 year Diploma course will run part time, with teaching sessions at 10 weekends each year, as well as clinical observation and practice hours available throughout Year 1 and Year 2. The course is designed to be flexible and suit the needs of practitioners, with the option to complete 100 of the clinical practice hours at either our clinic at MATCM, or any clinic of your choice.

We are proud of our teaching standard. Our course is fully accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM). Our programme offers 400 hours of clinical studies to ensure the skills and experience needed to treat the widest array of complex internal conditions. The core of the clinical practice hours will be on site here with our highly experienced teaching team, who have years of experience delivering university level teaching programmes in addition to their own practice.

We can offer specialised clinical teaching in the following commonly presented disorders:

  • Auto Immune
  • Cardiovascular
  • Digestive
  • Gynaecology
  • Respiratory
  • Skin

Upon successful completion of the course, practitioners will be able to prescribe, dispense and gain professional indemnity insurance for the practice of Chinese Herbal Medicine.


Our PG Diploma in Chinese Herbal Medicine is fully accredited by the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ATCM).

What this means for students:

  • Assurance of quality learning facilities
  • High standard of teaching staff and syllabus
  • Students will be eligible to become members of ATCM upon graduation, or gain full registration with their chosen regulatory body, and gain insurance to practise Chinese Herbal Medicine.

What we can offer:

  • Highly qualified staff with extensive clinical and academic teaching experience
  • Guided learning in our purpose built teaching clinic
  • Weekend teaching on site
  • Off-site learning support/online teaching forum
  • Over 400 hours of clinical application and treatment of patients under supervision
  • Full assessment on site (all written exams, practical exams, herb recognition exam and supervised clinical examination).

Study Mode

This 2 years Diploma course will run part time, with teaching sessions running over 10 weekends each year. Clinical observation and practice hours are available throughout Year 1 and 2.


Assessments will take the form of both written and practical examinations in order for the student to demonstrate they have suitably understood the Chinese Herbal Medicine theory and can appropriately carry out treatments.

Resources Available

All teaching will take place at the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine located at 52-54 Washway Road, Sale M33 7QZ . The academy is operated in a working Chinese medicine clinic with access to appropriate equipment, specialised teaching space and literature.

Teaching Staff

Key staff:    Professor Mei Xing:

Professor Mei Xing became a qualified medical doctor in 1985, after 5 years of training at Guiyang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  She continued to further her integrated medicine knowledge at Beijing’s Dong Zhi Men Hospital, the first affiliated hospital of Beijing Traditional Chinese Medicine University in 1989 and then worked at the No. 301 General Hospital of People’s Liberation Army in Beijing in 1999.

She also gained her MSc degree from Chengdu Traditional Chinese Medicine University. Prior to coming to the UK, she worked as an associate professor and medical consultant in Endocrinology. In 2001, she was appointed lecturer by the University of Salford in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She became the Programme Leader for BSc in Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture and was later promoted to Senior Lecturer, until the University of Salford closed the programme. She continued teaching the acupuncture programme at Manchester Metropolitan University until 2017..

In 2016, Mei founded the Manchester Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a centre for excellence in teaching authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine in the UK, where she now works as the Principal and runs the multi-disciplinary clinic from.

Mei has treated patients for over 30 years and has made a great contribution to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine as an educator, lecturer, tutor as well as a member of British Acupuncture Accreditation Committee. She has been Programme Leader and external examiner for several teaching institutes and universities, both in the UK and abroad. Through dedicating herself to excellent patient care in clinical practice, Mei has grown ever more passionate about the necessity and importance of teaching authentic Traditional Chinese Medicine to a new generation of practitioners in the UK. Mei regularly advises and gives talks to professional bodies such as the Association of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the British Acupuncture Council and the British Medical Acupuncture Society.

Other staff: Qualified and experienced guest lecturers will be teaching various modules throughout the year. Bios of these lectures will be available nearer to the time.

Course Fees

The fees for the first year is £2980, for the second year is £3980. There is an additional registration fee of £300 at enrollment. Therefore the total cost of the full PG Dip course is £7260. If participants wish to attend for a day course as CPD, the cost is £300 per weekend (2 days) and you will not be required to pay the registration fee.

Admission Criteria

Applicants must have recognised qualification in acupuncture, which includes a UG degree, PG diploma, or other equivalent qualifications. Applicants must have studied the 8 principles of Traditional Chinese medicine and have knowledge in Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis.

All applicants will be expected to complete a course application form and include details of their relevant qualifications and experience. If you are unsure of your qualifications, please enquire and we will be able to assess on case by case basis.

Course Intake

October 2021

Application Procedure

Applicants should download the MATCM Diploma course application form by clicking on the link here,  and email the filled in form to

Programme and Syllabus

Year 1 Curriculum


To provide an in-depth training of the individual herbs and their combination into classical formulas.

Learning Outcomes:

At the end of this module, students will be able to identify individual herbs and their properties, understand classic herbal formulas and their appropriate use, and combine herbs into prescriptions for individual patient presentations.

Contact hours:

First weekend (2 days) of each month, 10 weekends each year.

Sessions Outline:

Module 1 (1st year):  Chinese Materia Medica and Herbal Formula

200 hours clinical observation and recognition of herbs – 100 hours at Acuhealth Clinic and 100 hours at a satellite clinic near students’ location

Module 2 (2nd year): Clinical Application of Chinese Herbal Medicine

200 hours clinic observation and practice – all 200 hours to take place at Acuhealth Clinic.

During this year, students will work directly with their own patients under supervision. Students will learn how to apply knowledge gained in theory through on site clinical cases, group discussions, tutorials and can use our online forum for off-site learning.

Course Dates:

The course will start on the last week of November 2021. Teaching will take place on the first weekend (2 days) of each month for 10 weekends each year (excluding August and December).

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