Master of Applied Science - Acupuncture

RMIT University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00122A

This program is designed for various health care practitioners to undertake practical and clinical education in traditional Acupuncture combined with neurophysiology science. RMIT is the first University to provide this level of postgraduate education. It is assumed that applicants for these programs have already undertaken a minimum of three years university-based undergraduate study in the areas of medical or health science including a range of western medicine diagnosis courses.


144 credit points. Incorporates the Graduate Diploma (96 credit points). Courses include: Acupuncture, Neurophysiology and Research Methods, Chinese Medicine Theory, Acupuncture Theory and Practice, Acupuncture Techniques, Classic Literature in Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) and Clinical Chinese Medicine.


  • Acupuncture

Standard entry requirements

An Australian bachelor degree or equivalent in health sciences that satisfies the following prerequisites or equivalent: cell biology (biosciences) human physiology human anatomy (full body) pathology immunology microbiology clinical practice diagnosis in Western medicine.


Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Victoria; Australian Natural Therapies Association (ANTA); Acupuncture Association of Victoria Inc. (AAV); Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia Inc. (FCMA)

Study pathways

This is an articulated program leading from graduate diploma to master.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Bundoora Domestic: $40,320
  • Part-time : 3 years

Further information

In addition to standard entry requirements, competence in the area of physical examination and broad areas of diagnosis is also required to facilitate safe practice when employing Acupuncture as a primary modality of care. Minor inadequacies in respect to this area may be overcome by bridging courses in Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis in Western Medicine concurrent with the Acupuncture courses during the first year of study.

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