MC138 - Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)

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Plan: MC138GZU - Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Campus: GZUCM-RMIT Institute


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(ChinHerbMed)
Total credit points: 144
Career: PGRD
Duration: 3 years part time
Location: GZUCM-RMIT Institute
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 061999
CRICOS code:

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Purpose of the Program

This programs aims to produce graduates with the ability to practise Chinese herbal medicine in a safe, competent, ethical and professional manner.

The program structure provides learning experiences for you to acquire and apply sound knowledge of Chinese medicine theories and concepts across various clinical conditions. Throughout the program significant importance is placed on you acquiring practical skills in clinical settings.

This combination of theoretical knowledge, practical skills, clinical experience and a recognised qualification prepares you for a career in Chinese herbal medicine which may involve independent practice, employment in a multi-discipline health care clinic, teaching and/or research.

The program is workshop-based in a face-to-face intensive residential.  We also utilise the RMIT learning management system to support blended learning. You are expected to complete independent study prior to attending the workshops and conduct further clinical observation/supervised clinical practice while off-campus.

The program includes  a one-semester capstone course (COTH2224) which involves consultation and treatment of clinical patients by students under the close supervision of a registered clinician. In this clinical context you will integrate and apply knowledge and skills gained from all earlier courses in your program. The clinic experience will develop your capability to formulate diagnoses, prescribe appropriate Chinese herbal medicine treatments and perform herbal dispensing. Your clinical practice will be underpinned by an evidence-based approach. You will gain an insight into the rewards and challenges of independent practice in Chinese medicine and identify strategies for your on-going professional development 

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Articulation and pathways

If you are applying for the Master of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine) and you are a graduate of the GZUCM- RMIT program BP278 Bachelor of Health Science/Bachelor of Applied Science (Chinese Medicine) then you may be able to claim credit for courses you have already completed.

For the list of courses for which you may claim exemption and other details refer to the relevant Program Guide. Recognition of prior learning may also be available for informal or non-formal learning.

If you require further details on these programs refer to the RMIT Handbook []

Successful graduates can apply to go on to a PhD.

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Entrance requirements

Program entry requirements

An Australian equivalent Bachelor degree in health sciences that satisfies the following pre-requisites:

  • Cell biology (bioscience)
  • Human physiology
  • Human anatomy (full body)
  • Pathology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Diagnosis in Western medicine
  • Clinical practice

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


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External accreditation and industry links

The Masters of Applied Science (Chinese Herbal Medicine ) program is designed for health and medical practitioners and provides you with an entry level into the Chinese Herbal Medicine profession enabling you to add to your treatment repertoire. This three-year part-time program is accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency ( Accreditation will be sought for the GZUCM-RMIT program in Shenzhen.  Graduates in Australia can register to practise with the Chinese Medicine Board of Australia ( and gain membership of the following Associations:

RMIT's Discipline of Chinese Medicine has engaged in extensive consultation in the development of our programs since their inception in 1993. Senior Chinese Medicine staff at RMIT have made significant contributions to the achievement of registration for Chinese Medicine practitioners in Victoria and nationally and have been active in the development of educational and practice guidelines following extensive consultation periods. Consultation has also been conducted through the RMIT Chinese Medicine Program Advisory Committee and major professional associations throughout the program development process.

In addition, RMIT University has a World Health Organisation Collaboration Centre for Traditional Medicine and has established an extensive network of practitioners and public hospitals for you to experience clinical observation during your studies and/or undertake part of your clinical practicum. 

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services

As a student enrolled in an RMIT University program you may access many of the extensive collections of electronic resources and services provided from the RMIT University Library in Melbourne. Resources include e-books, electronic journals and newspapers and product data. Library subject guides and web based tutorials will support your learning. Electronic resources and the online Ask a Librarian reference service are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

For more information on Library resources and services from Melbourne go to:

Through RMIT’s online “Ask a Librarian” service Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers. You can find more information on Library resources and services at:

Online learning tools and content

As a student studying outside Australia with RMIT University partner institutions, you may access online learning materials at myRMIT:

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University

RMIT University offshore partners provide resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals. The range of services available will vary at each RMIT University offshore partner. Enquire locally.

Services are available online to assist you with:

  • transition to tertiary student learning,
  • study skills, academic skills including academic literacy, writing for academic purposes, research, exam preparation and much more, and
  • career development and employment.

The GZUCM-RMIT Institute has a library and a number of laboratories to support the relevant teaching and learning activities.

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