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Oriental Medicine/ Alternative Medicine

Research Degrees (O.M.D. Doctor of Oriental Medicine and A.M.D. Doctor of Alternative Medicine)


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      Master's degree plus professional qualification in a field of oriental or complementary medicine and knowledge of research techniques.  UK and European (EU) applicants for this degree must have an accredited Doctor of Medicine degree or equivalent (MBBS, MD), etc., and be licensed to practise medicine in their country of residence.  Applicants outside Europe do not need to have a medical degree.  (NB – If  you are in the UK or Europe, you might be interested in a Calamus International University Ph.D. degree instead – please ask us for advice.)


Method of study:            Distance learning. Any necessary textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for the O.M.D. or A.M.D will be 18 to 24 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met. 




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.  


O.M.D. Doctor of Oriental Medicine and A.M.D. Doctor of Alternative Medicine

These Calamus International University (non-UK) degrees are mainly by research and thesis (dissertation) in various areas of oriental/ alternative medicine subject to approval.

Entry to the course can be arranged at any time of year subject to availability of places.

Your O.M.D. research will be supervised by a professor with a background in clinical medicine and surgery who is also highly qualified in several branches of complementary medicine.  Supervision will be based outside the UK.    A.M.D. research may be supervised  outside the UK or in the UK depending on topic and availability of supervision.

Communication with the supervisor will normally be by email.  The suggested dissertation length is at least 25,000 words.

This is a postgraduate (higher) degree programme. Applicants must already have a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree or equivalent qualification, and be qualified and experienced in a branch of oriental/complementary medicine through taking an accredited, classroom and internship based, professional qualification.  If you are not sure whether you are qualified for entry, BUT you have a professional qualification and experience in a branch of Oriental/Complementary Medicine, please contact us for advice.

The OMD degree does not give you a right or license to practise oriental medicine (e.g. acupuncture and TCM) but is a higher qualification for existing practitioners only.

This degree programme must not be used in a way that suggests you are an (orthodox) medical doctor if you are not.  Therefore it may not be available for students in countries where the title "doctor" is inadvisable for use by lay therapists (i. e. therapists who are not doctors of medicine). This degree can be considered for use by people who already have an MD or MBBS who are qualified in oriental medicine OR in countries where alternative practitioners are able to become licensed as doctors of alternative medicine and who already have such licences.

The phrase "alternative medicine" is not meant to imply any disrespect for the practice of clinical medicine. It is always important that people with a medical condition seek help from their doctor (general practitioner), and that "alternative" or "complementary" treatments are carried out with a doctor's approval.  Serious harm can result if people neglect mainstream medicine and decide to be treated only by alternative/complementary means if it is not safe or medically advisable to do so. Any competent and ethical complementary practitioner will advise patients who need to see a doctor to do so.

UK and European (EU) applicants for this degree must have an accredited Doctor of Medicine degree or equivalent (MBBS, MD), etc., and be licensed to practise medicine in their country of residence, in order to avoid potential problems with European regulations in connection with complementary practice.  Applicants outside Europe do not need to have a medical degree.  (NB – If  you are in the UK or Europe, you might be interested in a Ph.D. degree instead – please ask us for advice.)

The programme leads to the award of the OMD (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) or A.M.D. (Doctor of Alternative Medicine) degree of Calamus International University, a non-UK university that is not accredited by any government-approved agency. CIU degrees are not UK or US degrees (see our status for more info).

The standard registration period is 18 to 24 months - lengthy projects taking more time may attract supplementary fees which will be charged on a semester basis.

Other possible doctorates

If your qualifications or field of study is not considered suitable for the O.M.D. or A.M.D., it might be possible for you to study for a Ph.D. in Complementary Health Studies, Wellness Studies or another major.


Credit requirements

Doctorate (O.M.D. or A.M.D. by research) - minimum 60 credits including any transfer credits.  A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.

One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.



Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.

To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page

Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.

If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on

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