Diploma In Unani Medicine

Apply Now

Next Year One : We are now open for year one intakes for September 2022. Classes will be live and in person. First class is on Saturday 11th September at 9:30am-4:30pm (UK time). Full schedule will be sent on application acceptance. Contact us by email by clicking here info@cutam.org.uk or call/text 07415810582 for more information.


The college offers a two year part-time diploma in Unani medicine with an additional clinical based third year.

Professional association and able to practice

After graduating students are able to join the professional Unani Tibb association (AUTAM) and obtain practitioner insurance enabling them to practice as an Unani practitioner.

Write to us (info@cutam.org.uk) for a further information and application form

Foundation Year 1

Course overview

First year will introduce the students to the theories of Unani medicine which will form the basis of all future studies. The history and development of Unani medicine will be briefly covered with emphasis on gaining a knowledge background of life and health as understood within Unani medicine and its relationship with mankind, nature and social environment and key concept of Unani life style factors. You will also explore the view of disease and the causes of disease.  In Addition to this, signs and symptoms of diseases and their methods of diagnoses will be covered.

Course structure

8 modules will be covered in total. Modules will be introduced by Formal lectures, Group discussions will be organised and presentations on the discussion will be employed.

Modules 1 to 5: Historical background, temperament, humors, unani elements and organs.

Trainees will then be divided into small groups to apply the theory onto self to enhance and embody core elements of unani medicine.

The programme will provide trainee will with a total of 120 learning hours and 40 contact hours.

Modules 6 to 8: Are unani diagnostic based modules where the student will cover pulse, tongue and iridology.

Trainees will be divided into small groups to apply the study of pulse, tongue and iridology onto self to enhance, embody and understand implementation of diagnostic skills. 

For module 6 to 8 will provide trainee with 144 learning hours and 44 contact hours

Full course details will be provided upon enrolment.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this year the student will also be able to:

Describe the origin of Nature and the relation between Nature and humankind;

Describe the key feature of human life;

Apply the theory of elements, temperaments and humours methods to analyse relations;

Discuss the main function of internal organs;

Understand the nature of disease;

Understand the cause of disease;

Understand the importance of environmental change to health;

Be able to read the pulse and work out the clients temperament and humors, Areas of organ weakness. 

Be able to fully read the Iris and identify areas of possible weakness.

Consider the possible treatment tactics in consideration of treatment plan; Contribute to the discussion of patients seen in clinical practice showing an understanding of a holistic approach. 

Benefits of foundation level

The foundation year will give the individual an in depth understanding into applying unani medicine. You will be able identify temperament and understand dietary needs and how to find the balance that positively enhances your wellbeing.

Benefits for professional development

The foundation year is an excellent training programme for furthering professional development.  It is also suited to professionals from different therapeutic backgrounds and medical backgrounds. The course will provide deeper resource material and key practical skills and Unani life style factors that can be additionally applied and integrated to their own clinical practice.

Assessment criteria

Each module will have an end of unit assessment and you will also be required to take a final year exam.

In addition to passing first year students will need 80% attendance.

After completing year 1 students may wish to progress to the 2nd year intermediate level with a view to furthering their understanding of Unani medicine and if they so wish to ultimately opening their own Unani practice (after completing year 3 clinical practice)

Intermediate year 2

Course over view  

In the second year we will continue with Unani theory but will include practical applications of this medicine. In the second part of the year students develop the knowledge and skills acquired in previous modules to take a more client centred approach. Topics such as, herb identification and preparation, herb energetics and introduction to Unani formulations will be covered. Therapies that include eastern nutrition and food energetics and treatment with diet will also be covered (this requires completing a separate nutrition module), different types of cupping, fasd (pricking) and the benefits and types of body work will be discussed.  Specific symptoms and conditions are explored with a view to learning how to successfully maintain client health and the treatment of diseases. Students will also start to take their own individual cases studies.

Course structure

10 modules will be covered in total. Modules will be introduced by Formal lectures; Group discussions will be organised and presentations on the discussion will be employed.

Skills development: -Trainees will work in small groups, applying theoretical knowledge in a practice clinical setting.

Trainee will analyse written case studies and practice mock and student case studies, applying all knowledge gained.

Learning outcomes will be met in accordance with the AUTAM.

On successful completion of the 10 modules the trainee will also be able to:

Understand the Concept of disease in Unani medicine;

Explain the different causations and effects;

Explain the different types of pain and its effects;

Know the signs and symptoms of health and symptoms indicating diseases;

Understand Unani and Western nutrition;

Have a grasp of Herb Materia medica; 

Be able to understand Unani single and compound preparations;

Understand the use of Unani therapies, Hijama (cupping) and Fasd (pricking) and massage; 

Assessment criteria

Theory exam (2 hours) and assignments.

In addition to passing 2nd year students will need 80% attendance to progress to the 3rd year advance clinical practice

Year 3 Advance Clinical Practice

Course overview  

In the clinical year students are shown and then will take live cases. Each case will be discussed in detail with the student and the class. Students will be guided on how to be “present” and really “listen” to a client. Students will take cases from start to finish including reading the pulse, the iris, etc and providing the client will a report and where appropriate a complete herbal prescription. Student will be taught how to prepare Unani single and compound formulations.

Course structure

In each class there will be discussions on specific organ groups, and how to treat main diseases such as skin disease, digestive diseases, male and female diseases, mental health issues, etc.  Group discussions will be organised and presentations on the discussion will be employed. A trained therapist will be teach listening and analysing skills.

Skills development: – Listening and analysing, Case taking, Herbal preparations (powders, pills, majoons, pastes, balms, etc)

Trainee will analyse real life cases, applying all knowledge gained in the previous two years.

Learning outcomes will be met in accordance with the AUTAM.

On successful completion of year 3, the student will be ready to start his or her own Unani practice (obtaining practitioner insurance and joining AUTAM association will be required).

Theory exam (2 hours)

Practical case taking exam (2 hours)

Written assignment (10,000 word in depth Case Study/ Thesis)

Clinical hours’ time sheet (200 hours)

Clinical log book (including 30 reflective case studies)

In addition to passing clinical year and the above students will need 80% attendance.


Nutrition course

After completing year one students are required to complete the online Nutrition Advisor course (a discounted fee applies to students studying the Unani Diploma course). This allows a nutritional qualification accredited body by the Federation of Nutritional Therapy Practitioners (FNTP). More information on the nutrition Nutrition Advisor course can be found here.  https://cutam.org.uk/diploma-in-nutritional-therapy-and-eastern-nutrition/

It is also possible to obtain the advanced Nutrition Therapist qualification after the completion of the above. Write to the college for more information.


For 2022

A £50 early bird discount offered on application and payment being received by 31st July 2022.

Year one: 

Option One: Payment £1300 before the start of the course.

Option Two: A deposit of £140 plus 9 monthly instalments of £140.

Year Two:

Option One: Payment £1800 before the start of the course. 

Option Two: A deposit of £190 plus 9 monthly instalments of £190.

Year Three (clinical year):

Option One: Payment £2000 before the start of the course. 

Option Two: A deposit of £210 plus 9 monthly instalments of £210.

Note: You are also required to completed the college A&P and the NA in Nutrition diploma within 3 years. Discounted fees on the Nutrition course apply. Contact the college for further information.

Note: To secure a place on the course Year 1 full fees or a deposit of £140 must be paid by 1st September 2022. (Continuing students please submit you re-application before 15th Sep with your deposit).


Classes are run at the following venues (plus some additional locations to be discussed in the class):

London – Forest Gate, East London E7

Manchester – South Manchester M22


Class are run once a month on weekends from September to June with an exam in July. If additional days or classes are added the students will be informed in advance.

First year: Normally the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Second year: Normally the 2nd Sunday of the month, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Clinical year live classes: Manchester only: Normally 3rd Saturday of the 9:30am to 4:30pm


The course is accredited by the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTAM).

Entry requirements

A good standard of education is desirable, or equivalent workplace experience. Applicants must have a good command of English language and comprehension (and be able to communicate well in English, both verbally and in writing); and ideally one science GCSE and English GCSEs or equivalent is advisable although not compulsory. Students will be asked to produce comprehensive case reports where they are expected to interpret information relevant to the cases they study, and then produce a professional report at a level understandable to the general public. Each student will be interviewed before being accepted on the course.

Practicing Unani-Tibb

After successfully completing the course and clinical hours you will given a certificate and be able to obtain practitioners insurance in order to practice. You will also obtain an award in Western and Eastern Nutrition and be able to practice.


The course will be run by the director of the College of Unani Tibb and Alternative medicine, Shahid Bukhari, ND. Further information on the instructor can be found here: https://cutam.org.uk/about

Other Instructors will also teach individual modules and classes through the diploma course.

Comments from previous students on the course and workshops

“I’ve had an interest in nutrition, health, food production, cooking, etc for the last 10 years. I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best approach but was only able to scratch the surface. In my search for answers, I stumbled across Hakim Shahid Bukhari who I found very transparent and easy to speak to. Over this last year I’ve been fortunate to study under him and I now have a solid understanding of tibb. I’ve been able to apply what I have learnt so far in to my personal life, my family and friends to good effect. I really can’t wait for Year 2 and 3! I’d highly recommend this course to anyone interested in any aspect of health, as it will give you a deeper understanding of yourself and of those around you.” Mr A Year 1 Student, Manchester.

“At first I was not sure about joining the course, with 3 children I already had my hands full, but I’m so glad I did! The course is easy to follow. With one class a month, it was easily manageable. Hakim’s teaching style is very straightforward and it was easy to keep up with the lessons. I highly recommend this course –
Alhamdulillah I have benefitted so much and I look forward to year 2 InshaAllah.”
S H .. Year 1 Student, London

Ben Studying Unani medicine