Qualification type: UKAP Professional qualification

Qualification title: UKAP Level 7 Postgraduate Diploma in Herbal Medicine

QCF Level: Level 7

Accreditation status: Accredited

Qualification number (QN): 2648662

Availability: UK and international


Herbal Medicine  

Individual modules may be taken as Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and some elements within modules are offered as short courses.

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 speciality.

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.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught. Total Credit required is 120

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.

Associated careers

This course is designed to enhance the skills of professionals already in herbal practice and encourage diversity into other areas of work and in other healthcare environments such as the NHS and GP practices, charitable organisations and private outpatient hospitals. Graduates may continue in private practice or progress on to PhD/ Professional Doctorate study, or find employment in academic or research institutes, as well as management, marketing and development in government and community healthcare provision and related industries.

Length of course

One year full-time; two to five years part-time. An example timetable is available on request. Qualified practitioners will also need to undertake the equivalent of one day per week in private.


Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 4,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result, we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.

We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the UKAP, over 81% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.

During your time at UKAP, you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.

In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance.

Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

§  find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience

§  explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for

§  plan your career development

§  identify your career options

§  market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews

§  develop your enterprise skills


We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

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