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 challenges that require innovative and new approaches to delivering healthcare needs for 21st century clients and increasingly, additional or alternative methods of care such as complementary therapies are being considered.

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 being required for the practical and clinical practice elements of the course only (a two-day induction, and two single weeks for the practical, each year). An online induction module 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. Placements will be undertaken within an agreed relevant healthcare setting.

Special features

  • The only integrative healthcare degree offered in Scotland
  • Diverse options allow you to specialise in areas of particular interest to you
  • Practical placements will be undertaken within an agreed relevant healthcare setting
  • You will learn clinical skills and undertake treatments in supervised patient 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
  • Advanced entry to year three may be possible with a relevant HND at Grade C, including F1BS34 Research and Methodology

Access routes

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

Year 1 - HNC

HNC Complementary Therapies.

Mandatory units are:

  • Health and safety legislation: an introduction
  • Complementary therapies: professional issues and practice
  • Perspectives of health
  • Research and methodology
  • Complementary therapies: Graded Unit 1

Optional subjects may include:

  • Preparing and presenting a business plan
  • Body massage treatments
  • Indian head massage
  • Aromatherapy
  • Reflexology
  • Stone therapy
  • Reflexology: advanced
  • Aromatherapy chemistry
  • Human anatomy and physiology for beauty and complementary therapy

Year 2 - HND

HND Complementary Therapies.

Mandatory units are:

  • Stress Management
  • Lifestyle Advice for Clients
  • Complementary Therapies: Clinical Practice
  • Stress Management for Clients
  • Complementary Therapies: Integration in Health Care Services
  • Human Pathological Processes
  • Complementary Therapies: Graded Unit 2
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology for Beauty and Complementary Therapy

Optional subjects may include:

  • Beauty Therapy: Remedial Massage
  • Botanical Science for Aromatherapy
  • Aromatherapy Chemistry

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?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (Structured)

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

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:

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) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course full time, the following fees apply:

    Full-time 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 who have paid for the previous 3 years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Part-time (per 20 credit module) -  £1,500 (2018-19 and 2019-20).

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 whilst 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:

Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £12,200 £12,800
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year** £6,100 £6,420
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module)** £2,034 £2,140

**There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international. students.

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; and 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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What our students, graduates and staff say

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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