Integrative Healthcare BSc (Hons)

Course 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 new and innovative approaches to addressing the healthcare needs of 21st century clients; 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: years three and four will be fully-online, with attendance only required for a two-day induction in each of the years. Two virtual residentials will also take place in years three and four, one per semester each year. An online induction programme will be available prior to the start of each of the four years to help you get the most from your studies. This will allow you the flexibility to study from your own location.

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
  • You will learn clinical skills and undertake treatments in evidence-based therapy clinics
  • The fully online 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

  • 3 Scottish Highers at Grade C or above, OR
  • 2 A levels at Grade C or above
  • For both of the above, Biology, Chemistry or English is preferred but not essential
  • Alternatively, Access to Integrative Healthcare and Therapies SCQF level 5/6, OR
  • NC Wellness Therapies SCQF level 6, OR
  • SVQ 3 Beauty Therapy SCQF level 6, OR
  • Beauty and Aesthetic Therapies SCQF level 6, OR
  • City and Guilds Level 3 Diploma Complementary Therapies SCQF level 6, OR
  • Essential Massage Skills: Integrative Healthcare, Soft Tissue and Sports Therapy SCQF Level 5/6, OR
  • Other appropriate SCQF level 5/6 qualifications will be considered
  • You may be required to attend an interview
  • Mature applicants without the formal qualifications listed above will also be considered on an individual basis

Advanced entry to year two may be possible with:

  • HNC Complementary Therapies (120 credits/15 HN credits), OR
  • HNC Soft Tissue Therapy (120 credits/15 HN credits), OR
  • HNC Beauty Therapy (120 credits/15 HN credits), OR
  • Other appropriate SCQF level 7 qualifications (120 credits) will be considered

Advanced entry to year three may be possible with:

  • HND Complementary Therapies, OR
  • HND Beauty Therapy, OR
  • HND Sports Therapy, OR
  • Other appropriate SCQF level 8 qualifications will be considered

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
  •  Essential massage skills (Integrative Healthcare, Soft Tissue, and Sports Therapy)

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:
Semester 1

  • Massage therapy
  • Professional practice

Semester 2

  • Clinical sports massage
  • Foundational research skills and clinical practice

Both semesters

  • Anatomy and physiology of the human body
  • Contemporary aromatherapy 1
  • Foot reflexology

Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:
Semester 1

  • Pathological processes of the human body  

Semester 2

  • Developing research skills and clinical practice
  • Mental health and counselling skills

Semesters 1 and 2

  • Clinical reflexology
  • Contemporary aromatherapy 2   
  • Remedial massage and sports therapy

You will also choose one of the following optional modules:
Semester 1

  • Integrative healthcare: extending practice 1
  • Integrative healthcare: extending practice 2

Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:
Semester 1

  • Comparative therapeutic practice
  • The role of integrative healthcare in the management of injury and disease

Semester 2

  • Concepts of nutrition within therapeutic interventions
  • Research skills for integrative healthcare

You will also choose two option modules, one from each of the following semesters:
Semester 1

  • Professional and therapeutic relationships
  • The intensive use of aromatics in healthcare

Semester 2

  • Advancing manual therapeutic modalities
  • Therapeutic practices in a supportive setting

Year 4 - BSc (Hons)

Core modules are:
Semester 1

  • Integrative health and science in society

Semester 2

  • Evidence-based clinical practice

Semesters 1 and 2

  • Dissertation (double credit)

You will also choose two option modules, one from each of the following semesters:
Semester 1

  • Remote and rural care
  • Supporting palliative care

Semester 2

  • Prehabilitation and rehabilitation
  • Psychopathology

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn through a combination of online study (including learning activities and discussion boards), via the University's virtual learning environment (VLE) with support from your tutors, 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

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time (6 x 20 credit modules) per year £1,820 £1,820
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £915 £915
Part-time (unstructured) (per 20 credit module) £305 £305

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 studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

  Level 2023-24 2024-25
Full-time Year 1 CertHE £9,250 £9,250
Full-time Year 2 DipHE £9,250 £9,250
Full-time Year 3 Degree £9,250 £9,250
Full-time 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) - £1,542

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

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

International students

This course is not currently available for international students (including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled status in the UK) requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study here. For students living in the UK and assessed as international for fee status, the following fees will apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

  2023-24 2024-25
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £15,360 £15,996
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £7,680 £7,998
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,560 £2,666

A no fee increase guarantee is available for self-funding full-time and structured part-time rest of the UK, EU and international undergraduate students for continuous study for the same award, up to the permitted standard time limit for the relevant award.


UHI has a number of scholarships, bursaries, awards, and discretionary fund opportunities available to new and current students. Please use the A-Z of funds or use the filter to see which ones may be relevant to you. All students are welcome to apply.

Further information on funding your studies is also available, please see the attached link or contact the relevant UHI partner.

Additional costs

Additional costs will be applicable for some elements of this course. This will include therapy uniform, appropriate complementary therapy equipment, and consumables, relevant to the therapies you will study for practice at home.

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.

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I did not consider any other universities, as UHI was the only place in Scotland to cover this course and so I felt very lucky to get a place! I feel my studies and having the degree gave me a confidence boost. Studying at this level I think gives others the confidence in you that you know what you are doing and shows that you believe in integrative healthcare so much that you are willing to learn as much as possible about the subject.  

I would say go for it! It can feel very daunting and be a lot of work at times but that sense of achievement when you do well or complete the modules and then eventually the course is great! You will never look back and think I wish I didn’t do that course! 

Paula studied the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare at UHI Moray.  

As it's an online course with two residential weeks I was 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. 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 studied the BSc (Hons) Integrative Healthcare at UHI Moray.

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