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 in Elgin ideally suited to students on this course.

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
  • This is a Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

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

Year 1 - CertHE

Core modules are:

  • Anatomy and physiology for integrative healthcare
  • Contemporary aromatherapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Nature of health
  • Reflexology
  • Research skills and clinical practice 1




Year 2 - DipHE

Core modules are:

  • Human pathological processes for integrative healthcare
  • Research skills and clinical practice 2

You will also choose four option modules from the following:

  • Advanced refloxology
  • Contemporary aromatherapy
  • Hand reflexology
  • Health and lifestyle
  • Indian head massage
  • Massage fusion
  • Massage fusion 2
  • Nutrition for performance and health
  • Seated Massage
  • Sports and remedial massage




Year 3 - BSc

Core modules are:

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

You will also choose two option modules from the following:

  • 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:

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

You will also choose two option modules from the following:

  • Advancing manual therapeutic modalities
  • Integrative healthcare: remote and rural care
  • Integrative healthcare: supporting palliative care
  • Intensive use of aromatics in healthcare

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online (years three and four), face to face or blended induction (years one and two) at the start of the course.
  • 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, at 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, 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.
Study Mode2020-212021-22
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, studying full time, the following fees apply:

YearLevel2020-21 Full-time2021-22 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.

EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union, the Scottish Government has confirmed that EU/EEA and Swiss nationals starting their study in Scotland from academic year 2021-22, who do not have settled or pre-settled status, will be considered as international for fee purposes. For 2021-22, students will get an automatic scholarship of £4,000 per annum and the 4th year of study will be free for those studying full-time, on continuous study, who have paid for the previous three years at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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

YearLevel2021-22 Full-timeWith scholarship
Year 1 CertHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 2 DipHE £13.620 £9,620
Year 3 Degree £13.620 £9,620
Year 4 Honours Free Free

Students will need Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

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 Mode2020-212021-22
Full-time per year (120 credit modules) per year £13,200 £13,620
Part-time (structured) (3 x 20 credit modules) per year £6,600 £6,810
Part-time (unstructured per module) (per 20 credit module) £2,200 £2,270

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 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.


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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