Studying Homeopathy

What sort of things will I learn?

A Society recognised course offers a thorough grounding in the theory of homeopathy together with other medical sciences, providing an integrated understanding of approaches to healthcare.

The content of homeopathy courses addresses 3 broad areas:

The essential knowledge, skills and understanding of the discipline

Personal and professional development required for practice

Relationship with the profession as a whole.

The following diagram will give you an idea of the scope of our courses.

What do students learn?

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Society Course - framework

Academic level: Society recognised courses are for those wishing to be professional homeopaths, and focus on excellence in training, safe practice and professional conduct. Therefore the academic level is equivalent to that of a first degree – Higher Education Level 6 – fostering the critical awareness, reflection and academic rigour associated with equivalent professional healthcare programmes.

Attendance required:Most courses are part-time and run on the basis of attending for one weekend each month. One course also has a full time option. Students will attend college for lectures, tutorials and clinical education, though distance, blended and on-line learning are becoming features of some courses. Additional supervised clinical practice is often based in local clinics.

How long will it take? To achieve this level of competence usually takes 3 to 4 years.

Finding a course to suit you: click here

Society Student membership: Available to all students of homeopathy. To find out more about the benefits of student membership: click here 

How do I choose a course?

The courses on the recognised list meet our criteria. They are involved in regular development and review activities with us and with each other. Although we are happy to recommend any of these courses as satisfying the standards we require, each course has an individual ‘flavour’.

Most course providers are happy for you to come and visit them and some hold open days for prospective students, so you could talk to students as well as staff. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – it is important that you select a course which feels right for you. You are also welcome to call the Society office on 01604 817890.

Homeopaths qualifying from Society recognised courses will be knowledgeable, competent, reflective and safe, and are automatically eligible to join the Society’s Register of Homeopaths, the first to become accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

How can I find out more about the courses?

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Questions you might want to ask:

About the course

How many students are in the classes?

Will there be a variety of approaches to learning – lectures, small groups, academic, experiential, self-directed, collaborative?

What kinds of support are offered to students – e.g. locally based tutorials, pastoral support, counselling, buddy systems, chat rooms, social events etc.?

What kind of resources are there? (library, on-line learning sessions, information downloads, classroom technology etc.

Will there be opportunities for clinical observation with a range of homeopaths and/or other practitioners?

What are the arrangements for students gaining direct, supported clinical experience?

What are the unique features of the course?

How would I be assessed? (examinations, presentations, portfolios etc.) and what kind of qualification would I achieve?

How much emphasis is there on professional development, including self-reflection, ethics, boundaries, business skills etc.?

Has the course established any networks for support in practice after qualification?

Does the course embrace a variety of methods of homeopathy or focus on one?


About the college

How long has the course or the college been running?

How long have the current members of staff been working there and what are their qualifications and experience?

How are students’ interests represented in the course management?

When are the fees due and can I pay in instalments? Will I be asked to pay more than one year’s fees in advance?

Do the stated fees include everything or will there be additional charges (e.g. for supervision of clinical work)?

If I leave before the end of a year, will any of my fees be refunded?

How clear is the complaints procedure?

How stable is the course in financial terms? (Look at numbers of students, fees, overheads etc. Is the institution public, privately-owned or registered as a company or a co-operative? What insurances are in place?)

Is the institution supported by funding other than the course fees?

What contingency plans are in place to safeguard students’ education in the event of changes of circumstances, for the college or the student?

Will I be a Registered Homeopath when I qualify from the course?

If you qualify from a  course which is recognised at the time of your qualification, you will be immediately eligible to apply for registration with the Society of Homeopaths (click here  to see our Registration section). This will include the provision of support through continuing professional development.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

Will I be a Registered Homeopath when I qualify from the course?

If you qualify from a  course which is recognised at the time of your qualification, you will be immediately eligible to apply for registration with the Society of Homeopaths (click here  to see our Registration section). This will include the provision of support through continuing professional development.

Why isn’t …. on your recognised courses list?

Not all courses choose to apply. Participation in our recognised process is voluntary.

What are the employment opportunities in homeopathy?

The vast majority of professional homeopaths in this country are self-employed in their own private practices. Some work independently, whilst others work in homeopathy centres or multi-disciplinary clinics. There are a few posts available working with charities and national schemes.

Can I join the register if I haven’t qualified from a recognised course?

Yes. We have an Individual Route to registration which is a process of accreditation of prior (experiential) learning as an alternative pathway to our recognised course route. Call us at the Society office on 01604 817890 for further details of this scheme or click here

Does the Society provide Student membership?

Yes we have a great student package on offer and also offer a group student discount. To find out more: click here

Do you provide funding for studies?

No but some students have obtained grants or loans independently to support their studies.

Are there any distance learning courses?

There are, but currently all of our recognised courses are attendance based. Some of our recognised courses have alternative pathways based on distance learning for the first one or two years, and there is currently a course in application which is mainly distance-based.

Are there any post-qualification courses?

Some of our recognised courses do provide additional post-qualification courses, and you will see other courses advertised in our Journal and on our website.  Some universities run Masters courses in alternative medicine. Click here for further information.

What happens if I need to change my course mid-way?

If you are transferring between two Society-recognised courses, this should be possible and relatively straightforward, using our transfer process.

Student College Transfer form: click here

If you have any further general questions about education in homeopathy, please contact the Society office on 01604 817890 or email