Guide to studying Complementary Medicine
Complementary Medicine is a fascinating and fulfilling area. Read on to see why it could be the subject for you.
- What do graduates do and earn?
Complementary Medicine is when alternative medicine is used alongside conventional medical treatment, in a belief that it 'complements' the treatment.
When used at the same time, complementary methods can work well in conjunction with scientific methods to increase their effectiveness.
Similar courses for Complementary Medicine include:
- Complementary Medicines, Therapies & Wellbeing
There are many different topics that can be studied as part of your degree. From anatomy to pathophysiology, a large variety of areas is available to scrutinise and specialise in.
You’ll develop the skills needed to review and critique the evidence relating to contemporary issues in your relevant field. In seminars, presentations and workshops, you'll make professional-standard findings.
Read our six reasons to study Complementary Medicine for more information on why you might choose this subject area.
This is a very niche degree, and so has a job market almost all to itself. There's a need for those who not only have alternative educational backgrounds but also creative and scientific skills.
Particular job areas include in medical research, teaching, life coaching, management, journalism, holistic healthcare and the service industry.
Several professional organisations offer specialised positions for Complementary Medicine graduates, such as the NHS.
In the infographic below, the first table shows what graduates of Complementary Medicine have gone on to do in the months after their graduation.
The second table shows the average salaries of undergraduate Complementary Medicine students entering employment. The three skill levels – high, medium and low – reflect the UK's Standard Occupational Classification's major groups 1–3, 4–6 and 7–9 respectively.
Source: HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18
Previous practical experience is often preferred to grades, as there is no clear pathway from school to university in this subject area. However, often an A Level in Biology or a science-related subject is useful.
Grades and requirements vary between institutions. Always confirm the entry requirements for the particular university/course you're interested in.
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- Choosing A Levels
- BSc Acupuncture
- MSc Professional Practice in Clinical Sciences
- MSc Chinese Herbal Medicine
- MChiro Chiropractic Medicine
Written assignments form the majority of assessed work within modules, including case studies that demonstrate clinical skills. Some modules are assessed via exams.
Depending on your university, you may prepare oral and poster presentations, either alone or in groups. Tutors also observe your clinical practice.
Examples of taught MAs and research degrees at postgraduate level include MSc Acupuncture, Orthopaedics, Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation, Paediatrics, Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies, Chinese Medicine, Human Osteoarchaeology and Non-Medical Prescribing.