What are the options for Chinese medicine degree courses? What is the difference between different schools? Employment prospects & frequently asked questions

The origin and development of Chinese medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine appeared early in ancient China. According to legend, it had a rudimentary form during the period of the Three Emperors and Five Emperors, and then gradually formed a system during the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period. In the accumulation and practice over thousands of years, Chinese medicine already has a complete system of medicine and has been widely used in people’s medical services. Today, with the development of China’s society and the strengthening of its soft power, Chinese medicine has spread to all corners of the country, as far as the West. With the changes in the social demographic structure, more and more elderly people try to use Chinese medicine to regulate their bodies and prolong their lives.

In Hong Kong, an area with a severely aging population, Chinese medicine has naturally become the focus. Compared with the invasive treatment methods of western medicine, people want to use Chinese medicine to regulate the body to achieve the effect. At the same time, many drugs in western medicine have side effects, which makes many people turn to Chinese medicine on this issue. Many universities in the University of Hong Kong offer a variety of degree programs to allow students to obtain more degrees.

Philosophy of Chinese Medicine

In human medicine as a whole, if you need a certain discomfort at conditioning the whole person, rather than part of the site. Traditional Chinese medicine has developed a complete set of diagnostic methods, namely, looking, smelling, asking, and cutting. Then, use Chinese herbal medicine or other therapies for treatment, such as acupuncture, cupping, massage, scraping, Qigong, massage, and other therapies. Therefore, Chinese medicine can be regarded as a member of the naturalistic medical system. In the case of some incurable diseases, Chinese medicine not only hopes to provide patients with a certain degree of pain relief but also hopes that patients can get basic living abilities and experience.

Future Trends of Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine has gradually received attention in Hong Kong. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government proposed to build a Chinese medicine hospital in Tseung Kwan O as early as 2014. May 2020, four operating agencies participate in the bidding contractors. They are Yan Oi Tong, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong Baptist University, and Pok Oi Hospital. In 2015, China pharmacist Tu Yo Yo’s discovery of artemisinin obtained Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, she said it was dedicated to the world of traditional Chinese medicine gifts. There can be a lot of space in the development of medical science, the current general trend, many of the medical professionals, advocates, and Western medicine combined with the fusion of, the short way he offset our own. It also requires a lot of innovation and development, so that the medicine may have a more modern, thus changing gives the ancient mystery.

The course content of Chinese medicine ( take the Chinese medicine course of CUHK as an example )

College of the Traditional Chinese University of Hong Kong since its 1998 founding date, has more than twenty years of history. We have been in promoting the development of Chinese medicine, and traditional Chinese culture outstanding professional talents for society. Through the combination of theoretical knowledge teaching, practical teaching, and clinical practice, students enrolling in relevant courses can be effectively and comprehensively trained. The following courses are offered :

1. a bachelor’s degree in medical courses

This degree course can be said to be an introductory course of Chinese medicine, which aims to cultivate Chinese medicine talents who are proficient in Chinese medicine-related knowledge and independent clinical ability. Through pre-clinical courses and clinical practice courses, students will be able to become qualified Chinese medicine practitioners. If you want to enter, you must not only meet the minimum admission requirements of the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education but also have to take one of the subjects of biology/chemistry/physics / integrated science / combined science. The content of the Bachelor of Chinese Medicine course at CUHK includes : ( Just because there are too many courses, only three of them are listed )

Chinese Medicine Diagnostics

Selected Readings on Treatise on Febrile Diseases

TCM Clinical Orthopedics

2.Chinese medicine master’s degree program ( full-time )

This degree program is provided to applicants with a bachelor’s degree in Chinese medicine, through a four-year full-time course training. The first three years are theoretical knowledge learning, and the last year will go to one of the mainland Chinese medicine university hospitals or local Chinese medicine clinics for clinical practice training. Those who pass the master’s degree program can take the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Practicing Qualification Examination. Zhongdazhong Master of Medicine The course includes 🙁 only due course to lists only three )

Modern medicine


Theories of Chinese Medicine

3.Medicine MSc ( part-time )

The courses are Chinese, a part-time degree program, available to people who already have a bachelor’s degree in medicine or in-service practitioners, increasing relevant in medical knowledge through a two-year part-time program. And surgical proficiency, gynecology, pediatrics, and other specialized diagnostic capabilities, but also enhance the level of research in medicine. The content of the Master of Chinese Medicine program at CUHK includes : ( Just because there are too many courses, only three of them are listed )

Selected Readings of Ancient Chinese Medicine Books

Gynecology clinical research

Seminar on TCM Clinical Medicine of Liver, Gallbladder and Spleen

4 .Chinese medicine Master of Philosophy ( full-time / part-time )

The course is available to people who already have a bachelor’s degree in medicine and hope to study Chinese medicine, by completing their thirty credits to graduate. Registrants must satisfy the Chinese University of Hong Kong Institute of relevant entry requirements, and admission by way of application for admission. The content of the Master of Chinese Medicine program at CUHK includes : ( Just because there are too many courses, only three of them are listed )

Pharmacology, Biology, and Biochemical Research of Chinese Medicine

Acupuncture clinical and experimental research

TCM literature and basic theoretical research

5.Chinese medicine PhD courses ( full-time / part-time )

The course is available to people who already have a master’s degree and want to study Chinese medicine, by completing their 36 credits to graduate. Registrants must meet the Chinese University of Hong Kong Institute of entrance requirements, admission applies for admission by the way. Zhongdazhong Ph.D. Medicine courses include 🙁 only due course to lists only three )

Empirical medicine and clinical research of Chinese medicine

Research and development of plant drugs and health products

Quality Control of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Phytochemistry

6. Orthopedics massage ADVANCED DIPLOMA

This course is mainly provided for those who are interested in learning about Chinese medicine, orthopedics, and traumatology, or who are engaged in related professions. After completing the course, they have more solid relevant knowledge and can be proficient in relevant industries. Applicants must meet one of the requirements of Form 5 education / Hong Kong-registered Chinese medicine practitioner / Physiotherapist / Tuina professional / Western medicine. Registered Chinese medicine practitioners will be given priority. The course includes 🙁 only due course too, lists only three )

Traditional Chinese Medicine Bone Trauma Massage Knowledge and Manipulations

Modern sports medicine


Note: The Chinese University of Hong Kong School of Medicine has 2018 annual admissions to stop this course, if you want to know similar higher diploma courses, can go to the universities’ official website for Professional and Continuing Education. There are also free courses for Chinese medicine courses.

Comparison of three universities that mainly offer Chinese medicine courses

 tuitionclassEntrance examination
Hong Kong Baptist University courses in Chinese medicine – Taught master’s degree in medical coursesFull-time HK$130000; part-time HK$130000One year full-time / two years part-timeNeed to take a written test
The Chinese University of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Course – Master of Chinese Medicine CourseHK$151,350 per yearFour-year full-timeNeed to take a written test
The University of Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Course – Master of Chinese Medicine CourseHK$70000 per yearTwo-year part-timeMay need to attend an interview

Employment prospects

1.registered Chinese medicine practitioners

After completing the degree course, you can pass the examination to become a registered Chinese medicine practitioner in Hong Kong to practice in Hong Kong. The theoretical knowledge and clinical experience he learned with the community, help patients solve problems.


When you have a doctorate in medicine, and there is enough research capability, you can have the confidence to teach students. You can become a university lecturer through the recruitment of colleges of traditional Chinese medicine, accumulate experience, and gradually promote. The theory you have learned in the field of medicine and scientific research related to the ability to bind, to become a good university professor.

3.the medical researcher

When you have a degree in Chinese medicine, you can become an excellent researcher at the Chinese Medicine Research Institute. Through the analysis of Chinese medicine ingredients and innovation, better health products are produced to provide society, so that more people can benefit from Chinese medicine.

common problem

1.liberal arts students can you read medicine ?

Yes. Liberal arts students can also study Chinese medicine, as long as one of the elective subjects in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education is studying biology, chemistry, physics, integrated science, or combined science, and the relevant requirements are met. Compared with the distinction between liberal arts and sciences, whether an individual loves traditional Chinese culture is more important.

2.engaged in the traditional Chinese medicine industry is not the older the better?

In a way, this is correct. Because in terms of practice time, if you have enough practice time to accumulate clinical experience, your knowledge application skills will be more solid, and you will also have a fixed client group that belongs to you.

3.what kind of person suitable to read medicine ?

Traditional Chinese medicine requires a large amount of content that involves memory and recitation, requires proficiency in the distribution of human acupoints and the efficacy of related drugs, and also requires the patience to be able to settle down to engage in related tasks. Therefore, people with better memory and patience are more suitable for studying Chinese medicine.

4.how the Medical College Diploma way out ?

Higher Diploma in medicine, though not a degree program, but it takes less time, will be more targeted. For example, with an advanced diploma in orthopedics and traumatology, you can choose to become a related profession after studying. People are often fatigued and injured in social work, and need relevant personnel to help solve problems.

5.Chinese medicine degree courses equivalent to registered Chinese medicine courses do?

Not necessarily. Some Chinese medicine degree courses can be eligible to apply for the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Practicing Qualification Examination. You can become a registered Chinese medicine practitioner who can practice in Hong Kong only after passing the qualification examination. *(The above content is for reference only, please refer to the relevant official website for specific data and requirements)


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