Sciences in Pharmacology Education
2 year Bachelor of Science (BSc) Course in Phyto Pharmacology covering basic and Pre-Clinical Sciences.
This is followed by a 1 year (Bachelor of Science) BSc of Laboratory Training in Phyto Pharmacology, gaining the Field & Lab Skills for Professional Registration.

COURSE: Sciences in Pharmacology (PH)

Study Program

The Pharmacology Training consists of:

Requirement Course Modules

Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology AP&P & AP-ADV, PD-AVD
Clinical Nutrition CLNT
History of Pharmacology HPH
General History of Pharmacology, Alophatic/ Heroic, Homeopathy, Ethno Pharmacology, Phyto Pharmacology
Pharmacology 20 months

Who is this course for

Students who wish to study and practice Phyto Pharmacology.


Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

The following modules constitute the Foundation Course:

1. Introduction to Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology
2. Advanced Anatomy & Physiology
3. Advanced Pathology and Disease

Students are required to attend Tutor Lecture Classes, and complete coursework assignments and sit at unseen written examinations. Students must gain a pass in all coursework produced prior to sitting the unseen examinations, which take place at the end of each Academic Session.

       Course Syllabus  (Non Exhaustive)


History of Materia Medica
High Value Medicinal Plants

Phyto Pharmacology Science and Research
Traditional medicinal systems all over the world have applied herbal drugs over millennia.
Research based on this enormous resource creates new insights into the traditional health systems and the elucidation of the active principles of such plants provides new bio-active compounds which can be developed for future application in therapy.

Plant structure and identification
Plant chemistry

Identity and purity of the starting material are prerequisites for safety and efficacy of herbal medicinal products. Research in systematics, taxonomy, morphology and anatomy provides the basics to establish differential characters, which facilitate the correct identification of medicinal herbal drug material.

Medicinal Plants Formulary
Medicinal Plants for specific conditions
The power of Medicinal Plants to support and strengthen the human body, examining how different plants have affinity for different systems of the body

Pharmacology and it’s origins
China, Tibet, India, Europe, America

Limitations in the use of Medicinal Plants
Legislation and Protection
Vademécum of Medicinal Plants
Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) for Medicinal Plants
Alkaloids in Medicinal Plants
Safety and Toxicology of Medicinal Plants Constituents in Practice
Constituents and Product Formulation and Manufacturing Practices (GMP)

Clinical Science: Pathology & Pharmacology

Materia Medica

Introduction and Organisation of Materia Medica
Glossary of Health Terms and Actions

Medicinal Substances

Materia Dietetica

Nourishing Substances
Biochemistry and Nutrition

Phyto Pharmacy

Introduction and Definitions
Legal Considerations
Weight and Measures
Range and types of preparations
Pharmacy Equipment
Health and Safety at Pharmacy


The need for Compound Formulations
Principles of Compound Remedies
Different types of preparation and formulations
Safety first – precautions and guidance on correct usage
Safety Monitoring of Plant Medicines in Pharmacovigilance Systems
Methodologies on Research and Evaluation of Plant Medicine
Essential oils – chemistry and production
Preparation and application of: infusions, decoctions, tinctures, oils, creams and ointments.


Developing Consumer Information on Proper Use of Plant Remedies
National Policy on Ethno Medicine and Regulation of Plant Remedies
Legal framework
Factors in the Development of Phytotherapy Remedies
Formulation and Technical Operation
The Work Environment
Advantages of Pharmaceutical Preparations with Medicinal Plants
Classes of Natural Preparations
Essential Medicines as a Human Right (WHO)

Materia Medica Study of the Major High Value Medicinal Plants HVMP, their constituents and effects and their used in medicine. Study how the elements that provide the healing properties of plants are extracted and applied.
Anatomy & Physiology Study of how the healthy body is constructed and how it functions APP - Module & AP - Module
Pathology Study what happens to the body when it is affected by disease. Learn about the changes disease causes to the healthy anatomy and physiology of human tissue. P&D - Module
Philosophy Learn the history of medicine and the development of a integral approach to healing.
Study how Phyto Pharmacology Remedies are made and how to get the most benefit from a HVMP & Minerals by making the right type of preparation.

Study Time

Students may study and progress as per they available time.

Key Benefits and Career Applications

Successful completion of the Course will aid in helping to access a career in the growing and marketing of natural health, or in working within the retail of natural health products.

Course Fee: £2,000 Per Year

Change of Mind & Refunds: Our courses are given to the best standards and are second to none.
But each person is different and we understand that things may change.

Our Guarantee to our students
If for any given reason you changed your mind after paying for any course but before taking a class then we will refund your payment “no questions asked”.
If you attended one or more classes and then had a change of mind we will refund you per each day you haven't participated, “again no questions asked”.

B.Sc. (Hons) in Pharmacology

Study at your own pace to obtain a qualification of international standing. The course is validated by the Hospitallers Order of the Good News.


The course provides a comprehensive theoretical and practical education in phyto pharmacology. It comprises an extensive range of subjects relevant to the study of High Value Medicinal Plants (HVMP) from the basics of botanical, human and biochemical sciences, through to phyto therapeutics, public health and hygiene and practice management.

Throughout, the course is ordered into a coherent system of instruction, which is faithful to the intrinsic standards set for higher educational practice by the School.
The emphasis is on an applied approach, ensuring that each subject taught is relevant to your future practise as a Phyto Pharmacologist.

The ultimate aim of the course is to prepare students for a career in herbal medicine as competent phytotherapists. Upon successful completion of the scheme graduates should possess the requisite knowledge, skills and confidence to build effective careers in this branch of health practice.

Most areas of study are completed with testing by examination, in addition to the production of coursework assignments.
The coursework component carries a substantial weighting (i.e. percentage of the mark) which goes toward the final result for each area of study.

In the final year students undertake research in a subject relevant to Materia Medica that is ultimately submitted as a dissertation.

At the end of the course students will sit the Final Clinical Examination that completes training in clinical practice and in effect represents the entrance examination to Phyto Pharmacology Profession.

In order to be eligible to sit the final clinical examination students must have completed 500 hours of clinical training (see below) at the College's training clinics.

In addition to the Field & Lab Training element, each Academic Year students are required to attend seminars.

Year 1 Module Subjects
  History Philosophy and Practice of Phyto Pharmacology
  Botany. Plant Anatomy and Morphology
Botany. Plant Physiology
Botany. Taxonomy and Field Studies
  Clinical Practice I
Study Skills and the Evidence Base Medicine
  Clinical Nutrition CLNT I
Pharmacology I
  Materia Medica Therapeutics I
Year 2  Module Subjects
  Health Microbiology II
Public Health and Hygiene
  Clinical Nutrition CLNT II
Pharmacology II
  Clinical Practice III
Materia Medica Therapeutics II

Credit Hour Calculation

Statement of Policy

A credit hour (based on the Carnegie Unit) is defined as a minimum of 3 hours of student engagement per week for a 15 week course or a minimum of 6 hours for an 8 week course.

Engagement includes student activities such as discussion, reading, study time, and assignments.

Therefore, a student is expected to spend approximately 9 hours or more per week on a 3-credit, 15 week course (18 hours for per week or more for a 3-credit, 8 week course).

Students preparing for 3-credit exams are expected to spend approximately 135 hours or more in preparation.

To earn credit, students must demonstrate competency in the defined learning outcomes.

When designing examinations and courses faculty should use the above definition as a guideline to the minimum number of hours of student engagement.

Semester Calendar Credit Hours

Most Higher Education Institutions operate on an academic year divided into two equal semesters of 15-16 weeks duration, with a winter break of 2-3 weeks and a summer session of 10-12 weeks, plus additional shorter breaks.

The actual amount of academic work that goes into a single semester credit hour is often calculated as follows:

  • 1 lecture (taught) or seminar (discussion) credit hour represents 1 hour per week of scheduled class/seminar time and 2 hours of student preparation time. Most lecture and seminar courses are awarded 3 credit hours. Over an entire semester, this formula represents at least 45 hours of class time and 90 hours of student preparation.

  • 1 laboratory credit hour represents 1 hour per week of lecture or discussion time plus 1-2 hours per week of scheduled supervised or independent laboratory work, and 2 hours of student preparation time. Most laboratory courses are awarded up to 4 credit hours. This calculation represents at least 45 hours of class time, between 45 and 90 hours of laboratory time, and 90 hours of student preparation per semester.

  • 1 practice credit hour (supervised clinical rounds, visual or performing art studio, supervised student teaching, field work, etc.) represents 3-4 hours per week of supervised and /or independent practice. This in turn represents between 45 and 60 hours of work per semester. Blocks of 3 practice credit hours, which equate to a studio or practice course, represent between 135 and 180 total hours of academic work per semester.

  • One independent study (thesis or dissertation research) hour is calculated similarly to practice credit hours.

  • Internship or apprenticeship credit hours are determined by negotiation between the supervising faculty and the work supervisor at the cooperating site, both of whom must judge and certify different aspects of the student’s work. The credit formula is similar to that for practice credit.


Field & Lab Practice

A very important element to the programme is the experience gained whilst attending the School's program for the 500 hours of Field & Lab training. In addition to these hours, students attend seminars which cover issues relevant to Field & Lab Practice such as production and elaboration of Pharmacological Remedies.

Hours can be booked on a flexible basis to suit your needs. A minimum of 300 of the total 400 Field & Lab hours must be completed at the School approved sites.

Students are expected to complete clinical hours in the following way:

  • Each Year: 100 hours


Diploma: Master of Sciences in Pharmacology


Sequence of Module Delivery

Modules Year 1

Modules Year 2

Module One
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Two
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Three
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs
Module Four
Level M
30 Credits
300 Hrs

Plant Sciences
100 Hrs

History and Philosophy of Medicine
100 Hrs

Materia Medica
175 Hrs
Clinical Practice

100 Hrs

75 Hrs
100 Hrs

3 and 4 Nutrition
Therapeutic Relationship in Phyto Pharmacology
150 Hrs

125 Hrs


  Therapeutic Relationship of Materia Medica Remedies in Health
End of Course
Dissertation: All students are required to present an end of course written dissertation of a minimum of 50 pages.

       Clinical Health Research

Prof. Dr. med. Rudolf Fritz Weiss

Born on 28 July 1895 in Berlin, Rudolf Fritz Weiss studied medicine and botany at the University of Berlin.

In 1922 he received the medical certificate and completed his training as a specialist in internal medicine at the Berlin Charité. After returning from Russian warfare in 1952 he settled down as a physician for internal medicine in Hanover.

In 1958 he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz I. class for his sacrificing activity in hospitals of the war prisoners.

After completing his specialist practice, he moved to Aitrach (Vogelherd) in 1961 to devote himself entirely to his scientific work. In 1984 he took up a chair at the University of Tübingen at the age of 88 with the theme "Modern Phytotherapy in Practice".

In numerous scientific and popular publications, Dr. Weiß has played a key role in the development of sound knowledge and the spread of herbal medicine. His rich botanical knowledge made him the old master of German scientific phytotherapy.

On August 2, 1985, mayor Peter Alexa granted him the honorary citizenship of the municipality of Aitrach. At the age of 96, Dr. Rudolf Fritz Weiss died on 27 November 1991 in Aitrach.

Prof. Dr. Rudolf Fritz Weiss, MD

Rudolf Fritz Weiss (28 July 1895 in Berlin; 27 November 1991 in Aitrach)  was a German specialist in internal medicine and a professor of phytotherapy . He is regarded as the founder of scientific phytotherapy. [1]


Rudolf Fritz Weiss was born in 1895 in Berlin-Charlottenburg. During the First World War , he was a volunteer at the Red Cross , which gave him the desire to study human medicine at the University of Berlin. [1] In parallel, he also used botany and was approved in 1922 as a doctor. [2] He wrote dissertations in medicine and botany, but in order to save print costs during the inflation period, only the medical one was accepted as such. The botanical work on the plaster of the southern Harz was published in the botanical Zentralblatt . [1] There followed a specialist training in internal medicine at the Charité . After that he was head of a sanatorium in the Harz Mountains, where he could work with medicinal plants. [1] From 1931 he was a lecturer for scientific phytotherapy (phytotherapy) at the Academy for Continuing Medical Education in Berlin. The lectures were collected in 1944 in a volume published as Die Pflanzenheilkunde in the medical practice .

In the Second World War , Weiss was an ambulance officer in the Reserve at the Berlin-Britz Hospital, where he founded a department for rehabilitation and headed internal medicine. He was caught in Russian warfare, from which he was not released until 1952. [2] He settled down as a physician for internal medicine in Hanover. After the task of his practice, he moved to the municipality of Aitrach (district Vogelherd), where he continued to research. [1] In 1983, he became a lecturer and 1985 professor at the University of Tübingen. [3] From his lectures developed the standard textbook of phytotherapy , which is still continued today under Volker Fintelmann . It has been translated, among other things, into Danish, English and Japanese. Weiss supervised the work until the 6 th edition of 1985.

From 1959 to 1961 he was the first chairman of the Central Association of Physicians for Natural Cures, and for more than 30 years he headed the Phytotherapy Working Group of the Association. [4] He was a founding member of the Society for Phytotherapy (1971) [5] and also founder of the journal for phytotherapy (1980). From 1978 to 1990 he was a permanent member of the Commission E. In 1984, at the age of 88, he took a lehra job in Tübingen on "Modern Phytotherapy in Practice". [6]
Weiss published a total of more than 100 original works and monographs [2] , including the Great Kneipp Book and the continuation of the Great Herbal Book by Pastor Künzle .
At the age of 96, Rudolf Fritz Weiss died on 27 November 1991 in Aitrach . [2]


In 1975, Weiss was awarded the merit medal of the state of Baden- Württemberg. In 1985 Minister President Lothar Späth appointed him an honorary professor. [4]
In 1987, he was awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz 1st class for his services as a camp doctor during the war prison of Richard von Weizsäcker . [6] Weiss had provided his fellow prisoners, among others, with medicinal plants collected by him. He even gave lectures on plant medicine in the camp near Kiistrin, by order of the Russians. [1] He also received the Hufeland medal, the Huneke medal and other awards. [4] The municipality of Aitrach appointed him an honorary citizen. [1]


Weiss developed the phytotherapy from a knowledge of experience to a systematic and therefore teachable and learnable science. His work was continued by Volker Fintelmann and Heinz Schilcher ( Phytotherapy Guide ). Max Wichtl also builds on the vitality of Weiss in his standard work of tea and phytopharmaceuticals .

The Society for Phytotherapy awarded him the Rudolf Fritz Weiss Prize, today's Phytotherapy Prize .




1 - Rudolf Fritz Weiss: Every now and then some whitethorn. In: The Time , 7 September 1985

2 - Old master of phytotherapy. In: Journal of Phytotherapy , Vol. 2, 1992

3 - Medical journal for natural healing procedures 46, 2 (2005)

4 - Heinz Schilcher : Obituary for Prof. Dr. med. Rudolf Fritz Weiss in the medical journal for natural healing procedures , March 1992. pp. 185f.

5 - Definition Phytotherapy on the homepage of GPT

6 - Volker Fintelmann: Textbook Phytotherapy. Hippocrates, Stuttgart 2009. S. VI / VII. ISBN 3-8304-5418-X

The Herbalists Charter of King Henry VIII
To protect herbalists from persecution by the Company of Physicians and Chirurgeons

Act of Parliament, 1542 AD

An Act That Persons, Being No Common Surgeons, May Administer Outward Medicines

"Were in the Parliament holden at Westminster in the third Year of the King's most gracious reign, amongst other things, for the avoiding of Sorceries, Witchcrafts, and other Inconveniences, it was enacted, that no Person within the City of London, nor within Seven Miles of the same, should take upon him to exercise and occupy as Physician or Surgeon, except he be first examined, approved, and admitted by the Bishop of London and other, under and upon certain Pains and Penalties in the same Act mentioned:

"Sithence the making of which said Act, the Company and Fellowship of Surgeons of London, minding only their own Lucres, and nothing the Profit or ease of the Diseased or Patient, have sued, troubled, and vexed divers honest Persons, as well Men as Women, whom God hath endued with the Knowledge of the Nature, Kind and Operation of certain Herbs, Roots, and Waters, and the using and ministring of them to such as been pained with customable Diseases, as Women's Breast's being sore, a Pin and the Web in the Eye, Uncomes of Hands, Burnings, Scaldings, Sore Mouths, the Stone, Strangury, Saucelim, and Morphew, and such other like Diseases; and yet the said Persons have not taken anything for their Pains or Cunning, but have ministered the same to poor People only for Neighborhood and God's sake, and of Pity and Charity:

"And it is now well known that the Surgeons admitted will do no Cure to any Person but where they shall be rewarded with a greater Sum or Reward that the Cure extendeth unto; for in case they would minister their Cunning unto sore People unrewarded, there should not so many rot and perish to death for Lack or Help of Surgery as daily do; but the greatest part of Surgeons admitted been much more to be blamed than those Persons that they troubled, for although the most Part of the Persons of the said Craft of Surgeons have small Cunning yet they will take great sums of Money, and do little therefore, and by Reason thereof they do oftentimes impair and hurt their Patients, rather than do them good.

"In consideration whereof, and for the Ease, Comfort, Succour, Help, Relief, and Health of the King's poor Subjects, Inhabitants of this Realm, now pained or diseased:

"Be it ordained, established, and enacted by Authority of this present Parliament, That at all Time from henceforth it shall be lawful to every Person being the King's subject. Having Knowledge and Experience of the Nature of Herbs, Roots, and Waters, or of the Operation of the same, by Speculation or Practice, within any part of the Realm of England, or within any other the King's Dominions, to practice, use, and minister in and to any outward Sore, Uncome Wound, Apostemations, outward Swelling or Disease, any Herb or Herbs, Ointments, Baths, Pultess, and Emplaisters, according to their Cunning, Experience, and Knowledge in any of the Diseases, Sores, and Maladies beforesaid, and all other like to the same, or Drinks for the Stone, Strangury, or Agues, without suit, vexation, trouble, penalty, or loss of their goods;

"The foresaid Statute in the foresaid Third Year of the King's most gracious Reign, or any other Act, Ordinance, or Statutes to the contrary heretofore made in anywise, notwithstanding."



  2. Section 12 (1) of the Medicines Act of 1968

  1. "King Henry the VIII got involved in 1542. Known as the Herbalists Charter he permitted herbalists to practise their craft without interference from doctors of the day. The charter is still in existence to this day, allowing herbalists to help people by providing herbal remedies under English Common Law and more recently, Section 12 (1) of the Medicines Act of 1968." - in "British Medical Journal", 15 Feb. 2012.


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