Traditionelle Chinesische Medizin (TCM), weiterbildender Masterstudiengang, Teilzeit (Master)

Master of Science (M.Sc.)

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Key Data

Type of Study
  • Continuing Education Program
  • Part-time Studies for Professionals
Required Language Proficiency Language of Instruction
  • German
Main Locations
Admission Category Start of Degree Program
  • Winter Semester (October)
Standard Duration of Studies
(Number of Semesters)
  • 6 semesters fulltime
Credits Costs

Information on Degree Program

In China and throughout East Asia, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has developed almost entirely without interruption during the course of the last 2000 years. This alone provides this form of medicine with great inner stability. This art of healing arrived in the West in the exotic form of acupuncture around 300 years ago. The first efforts to deal seriously with the subject were made around 50 years ago, when rigorous work commenced on sources and on understanding the epistemological and philosophical background.

The vocational education and training offered by the master's program is the first and only one of its kind at a Western university. Doctors become familiar with the different paradigms, special diagnostic methods, and pathophysiology, as well as therapeutic procedures. The most important therapeutic procedure has always been Chinese medicine therapy. Though better known to us, acupuncture is of secondary importance. Further therapeutic forms such as physical exercises (tai chi, qigong), dietetics and techniques of manipulative medicine (tui na) are also taught.

  • The focus of the first two semesters is on the discipline-specific fundamentals of TCM and acupuncture.
  • From the third semester onwards, these are complemented by clinical practice.
  • The degree concludes with the master’s thesis in the sixth semester.

Required language skills for admission:

You need sufficient German language skills if you wish to apply for this program. Evidence of your language proficiency has to be submitted before the end of the application deadline. Learn more about recognized certificates and other ways to prove your German language skills.

This evidence of your language proficiency confirms that you comply with the minimum language requirements for admission to the program. Depending on the program and your individual background, it may be necessary for you to keep working on your language skills during your studies. Be sure to take a look at the services of our Language Center.   

Language of instruction:

The language of instruction for this program is German.

Graduates of this vocational education and training in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture understand the content pertaining to the subject. You are able to make use of new diagnostic options and gainfully apply the therapeutic repertoire in everyday medical practice.

You are able to relate questions to TCM in a scientific research context and draw upon diverse methodologies to provide diagnoses that can extend beyond the epistemological horizon of a purely Western approach. 

The resulting qualification is viewed as being highly attractive on the employment market, since doctors trained in the specialty are urgently needed in all institutions as well as in outpatient care. More than half the population want doctors who have an additional vocational education and training in alternative or complementary medicine. In this field, traditional Chinese medicine (TCM / acupuncture) is very much at the forefront.

Binding Regulations for Progression of Studies, Examinations and Application

Application and Admission

Minimum requirements to apply for a Master's program at TUM are a recognized undergraduate degree (e.g. a bachelor’s) and the successful completion of the aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment allows the TUM school or department to which you are applying the opportunity to evaluate your individual talents and motivation for study.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents.

If you receive an offer of admission, you will additionally have to submit individual documents as notarized hardcopies by post to be enrolled.

Generally, applicants with a qualification for postgraduate studies (e.g. a bachelor’s) obtained outside of the EU / EEA must have their documents reviewed in advance through uni-assist.

In detail:

We may require additional documents depending on your educational background and your country of origin. Complete the online application to receive a comprehensive list of the required documents. 

We may require additional documents depending on the type of educational background you earned and your country of origin. After accepting an offer of admission in TUMonline, you will receive a list of documents you must submit to TUM in hardcopy for enrollment.

Application period for winter semester: 01.01. - 31.05.

During the application period, you must apply through the TUMonline application portal and upload your application documents. Please be aware that we can only process your application if you upload all required documents within the application period.

We will review your application as soon as it is complete. Please check your TUMonline account regularly, to see if we have any queries to your documents or if you have to amend one or more documents.

After receiving admission, you will see in TUMonline which documents you have to submit for enrollment, and in which form. Please note that you always have to send the signed application for enrollment and all notarized hardcopies by post.

We recommend that you submit the documents for enrollment as soon as possible after receiving admission. If individual documents are not available by then, you can submit them up to 5 weeks after the start of the lecture period. You will, however, only be enrolled once we have received all documents.

You can check the status of your application at any time in your TUMonline account.

Selection takes place through an aptitude assessment procedure. Aptitude assessment is a two-part procedure after the submission of an official application to a program. In this procedure, the TUM school or department determines whether you meet the specific requirements for its master’s degree program.

In the initial stages, the grades you obtained during your bachelor's program, as well as your written documents, will be evaluated using a point system. Depending on the amount of points accumulated, applicants are either immediately admitted, rejected or invited to an admissions interview. 

In detail: 

The online application process takes place through our application portal TUMonline.

This study course is offered in German only. For a detailed description see the German database entry.

Additional Information

For more information on the tuition fees for this degree program, please visit the course homepage