Foundation Course in Unani Medicine

The one-year foundation course will introduce the students to the theories of Unani Medicine which will form the basis of all future studies. 

Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice

Eleven modules will be covered across this two year course. Modules will be introduced by formal lectures; followed by group discussions and presentations on the discussion topics.

Apply Now for Courses Starting in September 2024

We are now taking applications for the September 2024 part-time Foundation Course in Unani Medicine. This course leads on to the Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice.

Overview of Available Unani Courses:

Foundation: One year Foundation Course in Unani Medicine

Diploma: Two year Diploma Course Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice

This course is divided into two levels: Foundation and Diploma.

The Foundation level is suitable for those who want to start their journey towards becoming accredited Unani practitioners, as well as for those who want to acquire knowledge for their own well-being or to complement their existing professional therapeutic knowledge.

The Diploma level builds on the Unani medicine knowledge gained in the foundation course and includes more in-depth theory, practical skills, case-taking, and clinical studies. By completing the Diploma level, individuals can become professional Unani practitioners.

Foundation: One Year: The first year is theory based and focused on introducing students to Unani Medicine and its relationship with mankind, nature, and social environments. On completion, students will receive a certificate of attendance (if they don’t wish to proceed on to year 2).

In the first year of the program, students will focus on theoretical concepts related to Unani Medicine and its relationship with humanity, nature, and social environments. Upon completion of the first year, students will receive a certificate of attendance (if students don’t wish to proceed on to year two). However, this certificate does not entitle them to work as a Unani Practitioner, gain insurance or call themselves a Unani Practitioner. To achieve these designations, students must complete the next two years of Diploma training, gain clinical experience, and pass the required examinations.

Diploma: Two Years: During the two-year diploma course, the first year consists of both theoretical and practical studies, while the second year focuses on live clinical casework and herbal formulation making.

Starting your own Natural Health Business

If you’re interested in starting your own natural health business, you may want to consider enrolling in the three-year program offered by our college. After completing the program, you will be awarded the Diploma in Unani Medicine, which the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine accredits. This diploma will enable you to practice professionally and obtain practitioner insurance. We’ll also provide you with full support in setting up your natural medicine business, whether you’re interested in clinical practice, herbal product making, research, or teaching Unani medicine. The next course is scheduled to start on Saturday 7th, September 2024, with the first class running from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (UK time). If you have any questions or would like to request an application, please feel free to contact us by clicking here: info@cutam.org.uk or call/text 07415810582.

Course Details

Next Course Start Date: Saturday 7th September 2024

Course Length: Foundation (1 year part time, Sept – June), Diploma (2 years part time, Sept – June)
Study Format: Courses run one day a month (Saturdays or Sundays 9.30am – 4.30am).
Location: Venues in London (Forest Gate, London E7) and Manchester (South Manchester, M22)
Accreditation: Courses accredited by the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTUM)

Entry Requirements:
A good level of English comprehension, speaking, and writing is required. GCSE or equivalent in English and Science would be beneficial but is not essential.

Fees

Foundation (One year):
£1500 (or £150 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £150)

Diploma First Year:
£230 (or £230 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £230)

Diploma Second Year:
£2500 (or £250 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £250)

Foundation Course in Unani Medicine

Course Structure:

What will you learn in the Foundation Course in Unani Medicine?

The course includes eight modules. Each module will be introduced through formal lectures, followed by group discussions and presentations.

Modules 1 to 5: Historical background, temperament, humours, Unani elements and organs.

Students will be divided into small groups to apply the theory and to enhance and embody core aspects of Unani medicine.

The programme will include a total of 120 learning hours and 40 contact hours.

Modules 6 to 8: Unani diagnostic-based modules where students will learn and apply the study of pulse, tongue, and iridology.

Students will be divided into small groups to apply and practice the study of pulse, tongue, and Iridology on each other in order to enhance, embody, and understand the implementation of diagnostic skills.

Modules 6 to 8 include 144 learning hours and 44 contact hours.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this Foundation in Unani Medicine year, students will be able to:

  • Describe the origin of Nature and the relationship between Nature and humankind
  • Describe the key features of human life
  • Apply the theory of elements, temperaments, and humours
  • Discuss the main functions of the internal organs
  • Understand the nature of the disease
  • Understand the cause of disease
  • Understand the importance of environmental changes to health
  • Be able to read the pulse and tongue and work out the client’s temperament and humour and areas of organ weakness
  • Be able to fully read the iris and identify areas of possible weakness
  • Consider the possible treatment options to create treatment plans
  • Contribute to the discussion of patients seen in clinical practice showing an understanding of a holistic approach

Course Details

Next Course Start Date: 7th September 2024
Course Length: 1 year part-time (Sept – June)
Study Format: Courses run one day a month (Saturdays or Sundays, 9.30 am – 4.30 am)

Location: Venues in London (Forest Gate, E7) and Manchester (South Manchester, M22)

Accreditation: Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTUM)

Fees: £1500 (or £150 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £150)

A £50 early bird discount is available on enrolments and payments received by 31st July 2024.

Entry Requirements:

To be eligible for the one-year foundation course, it is necessary to have a good grasp of the English language, including comprehension, speaking, and writing skills. While it is beneficial to have previously attained a GCSE or equivalent qualification in English and Science, it is not mandatory.

During the foundation course, the students will be introduced to the theories of Unani Medicine. This course will provide a foundation for all future studies. It will cover the history and development of Unani medicine, with an emphasis on gaining knowledge about life and health as understood within Unani Medicine. The course will also provide insights into the relationship between mankind, nature and social environments, as well as the key concepts of Unani lifestyle factors. Furthermore, the course will explore the view of disease and its causes, including the signs and symptoms of diseases and their methods of diagnosis.

Please note that the classes will be conducted live and in person. Zoom classes will also be available for those who cannot attend the foundation class in person.

Fees

Foundation:
£1500 (or £150 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £150)

 

Benefits of studying the Foundation Course in Unani Medicine
  • The foundation year will provide an in-depth understanding of how to apply Unani medicine in your daily life. You will be able to identify temperament, understand dietary needs, and know how to find the balance that positively enhances people’s well-being.
  • The foundation course is also a prerequisite for those with no prior qualifications in Unani Medicine who would like to study the Diploma in Clinical Unani Medicine.
Professional Development Benefits (CPD)

The foundation course is an excellent training programme for furthering professional development. It is also suited to professionals from different therapeutic and medical backgrounds. The course provides resource material and key practical skills and identifies Unani lifestyle factors that can be applied and integrated into a professional’s own clinical practice.

Assessment Criteria
  • End of unit assessment for each module.
  • Final year exam.
  • 80% course attendance is required.
Upon successful completion, students can ask for a certificate of attendance if they don’t wish to go onto study the full Diploma course.
Progression to the Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice

After completing the Foundations in Unani Medicine certificate, you can pursue the Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice. This course equips you with the necessary skills and knowledge to become a Unani practitioner. What’s more, it is accredited by the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine, which allows you to obtain insurance as a practitioner. If you are interested in opening your own practice, this diploma is a step towards achieving that goal.

Upon successful completion, students receive a Foundations in Unani Medicine certificate.
Progression to the Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice

If you wish to open your own practice, on successful completion of Foundations in Unani Medicine certificate, you can proceed to the Diploma. The Diploma provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to become an Unani practitioner, and the course is accredited by the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine to enable you to obtain practitioner insurance.

Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice

Course Overview:

Eleven modules will be covered across this two year course. Modules will be introduced by formal lectures; followed by group discussions and presentations on the discussion topics.

The study format will include:

  • Skills Development: Students will work in small groups, applying theoretical knowledge in a practice clinical setting
  • Analysis: Students will analyse written case studies and practice mock, student case and then live studies, applying all knowledge gained
  • Learning outcomes will be met in accordance with the AUTAM standards

On successful completion of the eleven modules students will 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
  • Able to successfuly take client cases

Course Details

Next Course Start Date: 8th September 2024

Course Length: Diploma (2 years part time, Sept – June)

Study Format: Courses run one day a month (Saturdays or Sundays 9.30am – 4.30am)

Location: Venues in London (Forest Gate, E7) and Manchester (South Manchester, M22)

Accreditation: Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTUM)

Entry Requirements: Completion of the Foundation in Unani Medicine and a good level of English comprehension, speaking, and writing is needed.  If you have previous Unani training and experience and would like to join at the Diploma level, please contact us to discuss.

The course will involve producing comprehensive case reports where students are expected to interpret information relevant to the case and produce a professional report in a manner that is understood by the general public. Each student will be interviewed before being accepted on the course.

Fees

Year 1:  
£2300 (or £230 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £230)

Year 2:   
£2500 (or £250 deposit and 9 monthly instalments of £250)

Diploma in Unani Medicine Year 1

In the first year, students will study Unani theory at a deeper level including practical applications of this medicine, preparing the individual to become a skilled practitioner.

In the second half of the first year, students enhance the knowledge and skills they acquired in the previous modules to take a more client-centred approach. Topics including 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 and 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 your client’s health and treat diseases. Students will also start their own individual cases studies.

Assessment criteria
  • Theory exam (2 hours) and assignments (one per class)
  • 90% attendance is required to progress to the clinical practice year
Benefits of studying the Diploma in Unani Medicine
  • On completion of The Diploma in Unani medicine you will be able (on obtaining practitioner insurance and joining the Unani Association) open your own clinical practice or herbal business such as product making, research, or teaching Unani medicine
  • Within the study of your diploma you will also study the Nutrition Advisor course (separate course) allowing you to include Nutrition within your practice. 

 

 

Professional Development Benefits (CPD)

The foundation course is an excellent training programme for furthering professional development.  It is also suited to professionals from different therapeutic and medical backgrounds. The course provides resource material, key practical skills, and identifies Unani lifestyle factors that can be applied and integrated into a professional’s own clinical practice.

Next Course Start Date

8th September 2024

Assessment Criteria
  • End of unit assessment for each module.
  • Final year exam.
  • 90% course attendance is required.

Diploma in Unani Medicine: Year 2 (Clinical Practice)

Course Overview  

In the clinical year, students will observe and practise working with real clients. 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 with a report and where appropriate a complete herbal prescription. Students will be taught how to prepare Unani single and compound formulations. Classes will be live and in person only.

Student feedback

Sherry, Dr Abdi and Ahmed – Completed year 2 in Unani medicine

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 discussions will take place. A trained therapist will teach listening and analysing skills.

  • Skills Development: Listening and analysing, Case taking, Herbal preparations (powders, pills, majoons, pastes, balms, etc.)
  • Students will analyse real life cases, applying all knowledge gained on the course
  • Learning outcomes will be met in accordance with the AUTAM standards

On successful completion of this year, students will be ready to start their own Unani practice. This course enables them to obtain practitioner insurance and join the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTUM), requirements for Unani practitioners.

Assessment criteria

Final year:

  • 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 the clinical year and the criteria stated above, students also require a 100% attendance.
  • Complete the college A&P course
  • In person attendance is required.

As part of your Diploma Course in Clinical Unani Medicine, you are also required to complete the Nutrition Advisor Diploma course. Contact the college for further information.

FAQs

What is the location for the courses?

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

What are the dates and times of the courses?

Classes 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.

Foundation Year: Normally the 2nd Saturday of the month, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Diploma Year 1: Normally the 2nd Sunday of the month, 9:30am to 4:30pm

Diploma Year 2 (Clinical year live classes):  3rd Saturday of the month from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Classes are in Manchester clinic only.

Are the courses accredited?

Yes, the courses are accredited by the Association of Unani-Tibb and Alternative Medicine (AUTAM). Upon completion of the Diploma in Unani Medicine and Clinical Practice, individuals are recognised by the AUTAM as professionals and can obtain practitioners’ insurance.

Will I be able to practice Unani-Tibb upon completion?

The biggest issue that students find is that once they graduate, they find difficulty in starting their own practices. The jump from student to practitioner is hard for some. From experience most students never practice or give up soon after. Most colleges do not teach students how to take a case and even less support the student after they graduate. At CUTAM we look support our students and graduates so that they can convert their invest into starting their practices.

Also, after successfully completing the Diploma course and clinical hours you will be 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.  With the foundation course, you will not be able to practice Unani, but you will be able to use the knowledge to support a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing.

Who are the instructors on the courses?

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 and industry specialists will also teach individual modules and classes throughout the diploma course.

Can I pay the course fees in instalments?

Yes, you can pay for the course either in full or in instalments.  To secure a place on a course we will need to receive either the full course fee or a deposit by 1st September, 2022.  Please note, prices provided above are for courses and years starting in 2022. 

Testimonials

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