Integrative Healthcare BSc (Hons)

UCAS code B340

What is special about this course?

The BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare is the only course of its kind in Scotland and has been developed in consultation with industry to closely reflect the changing requirements of the healthcare sector in the UK and abroad.

Healthcare practitioners face ever more challenges that require innovative and new approaches to addressing the healthcare needs of 21st century clients, and increasingly additional or alternative methods of care such as complementary therapies are being considered.

In this course you will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of complementary therapies, research and healthcare while enhancing your analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills. A critical awareness of current issues and developments in complementary therapies will also form part of the programme. Throughout the degree there is an emphasis on the wide range of diverse and complex perspectives of health, particularly social policy, ethics, the law, politics, physiology and sociology.

As you progress through the programme your learning will become more self-directed, with the bulk of years three and four being delivered online, with attendance only being required three times per academic year (a two-day induction and two single residential weeks, one per semester each year). An online induction programme will be available prior to the start of year three to help you get the most out of your studies. This will allow you the flexibility to study from your own location, and clinical placements will be undertaken within a relevant healthcare setting agreed with the teaching team.

Special features

  • The only integrative healthcare degree offered in Scotland
  • A range of options allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you
  • Clinical placements will be undertaken within an agreed relevant healthcare setting
  • You will learn clinical skills and undertake treatments in evidence-based therapy clinics
  • The flexible study methods in years three and four will allow you to work around personal and work commitments
  • You can study individual modules for professional development (CPD)


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • Entry to year 1, HNC Complementary Therapies, is 1 Scottish Higher at grade C or above, OR
  • 1 A level at grade D or above
  • For both of the above, Biology, Chemistry or English is preferred but not essential
  • Applicants with other relevant experience will be considered on an individual basis
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check in order to undertake the placement element of this course
  • Advanced entry to year two may be possible with a relevant HNC, with a C or above in the Graded Unit, or equivalent
  • Advanced entry to year three may be possible with a relevant HND at Grade C, or equivalent

Access routes

SWAP Access courses
If you are eligible to undertake Scottish Wider Access Programmes (SWAP), please visit our SWAP access list for further information on grade profiles and available subjects.

  • An appropriate NQ level award at SCQF 5 or 6
  • An SVQ/NVQ level 3
  • NC Wellness Therapies, SVQ Beauty Therapy Level 3, and City and Guilds Complementary Therapies Level 3 are preferred

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

  • The role of integrative healthcare in the management of injury and disease
  • Comparative therapeutic practice
  • Research skills
  • Concepts of nutrition within therapeutic interventions

You will also choose two option modules which may include:

  • Ethical issues
  • Critical thinking in management
  • Healthy people, healthy places: challenges for public health
  • Therapeutic practices in a supportive setting

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:

  • Advancing manual therapeutic modalities
  • Integrative health and science in society
  • Evidence-based clinical practice
  • Dissertation (double credit)

You will also choose one option module which may include:

  • Intensive use of aromatics in healthcare
  • Integrative healthcare: supporting palliative care

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

For direct entry applicants and continuing students into year three or four: There is no change to how your course will be delivered next year as the majority of years three and four were designed to be online and have run successfully for many years in this way. You will study through supported online learning using the university's virtual learning environment, with an online induction at the start of the course. You will also be able to meet your fellow students, lecturers and personal academic tutor through video conferencing. The required practical and clinical practice residential will be planned in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing, and is likely to be a virtual event this year. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all staff and students.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

You will learn through a combination of online study, including discussion boards and blogs, via the University's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors, work placements, practical sessions and face-to-face tutorials.

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 4 years
  • Part-time (structured): 8 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Moray College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time (120 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £645 £645
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £215 £215

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term-time address in Scotland the following fees apply:

YearLevel2019-20 Full-time2020-21 Full-time
Year 1 CertHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 2 DipHE £9,000 £9,000
Year 3 Degree £9,000 £9,000
Year 4 Honours free free

4th year free only for students studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) - £1,500.

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Study Mode2019-202020-21
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,800 £13,200
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,420 £6,600
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,140 £2,200

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Further information on international course fees.

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time RUK and International undergraduate students for continuous and contiguous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact the relevant UHI partner college for more information.

Additional costs beyond that of course fees will be applicable for some elements of this course. This will include: travel costs to clinical placements, appropriate complementary therapy equipment and consumables relevant to your chosen therapy (if not provided within your local college or placement setting); travel, accommodation and subsistence costs for the residential element of the course; and the cost of PVG Disclosure Check which is a requirement of the course.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare programme will equip you with the understanding and skills to benefit a range of clients with complex conditions. You may wish to develop your career within the following areas:

  • the healthcare sector
  • supportive (allied) care
  • private practice
  • multidisciplinary practice
  • education
  • teaching
  • postgraduate study

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion you may progress on to the university's MA Health and Wellbeing.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

I progressed from the HNC/HND Complementary Therapies to the degree and as its an online course with two residential weeks I am able to continue in self-employment as a Complementary Therapist. The course content is relevant and wide-ranging and the enthusiasm and passion of the teaching team is inspiring. It takes time to adapt to online learning but once you get yourself in a routine it is much easier to manage.

I would like to integrate with primary care in my local area receiving referrals from healthcare professionals. My particular area of interest is mental health. 

Laura Gordon is studying on the BSc (Hons)
Integrative Healthcare at our Moray College UHI campus.

The experience I have gained from the course has enabled me to set up my own mobile business, work as a therapist for MND Scotland and, following on from my placement, continue to volunteer at a carers service so that carers and staff can enjoy some respite.
My achievements have come from my hard work and commitment and the continual support and encouragement received from my lecturers.

Teresa Elliott is studying in her third year of the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare at our Moray College UHI campus.

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