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Subject area:    Doctor of Holistic Sciences (D.H.Sc.)  


keywords: holistic studies doctorate; holistic doctorate


Awarding body:            Calamus International University.  For further details of CIU please see the about page.


Status of course:          The degrees are non-UK qualifications. For status of CIU please see the status page.  CIU is accredited by the International Association for Distance Learning.  


Entry requirements:      A Bachelor's degree (and preferably a Master's) plus professional qualifications are normally required.


Method of study:            Distance learning (taught course units are textbook-based) Textbooks are not included in tuition fees. 


Start date:                        Any time of year (subject to availability)


Duration:                         The standard period of registration for the Doctorate is a maximum of 18 months, after which registration lapses unless continuing registration fees are paid.  This plan ensures that students can (a) complete as soon as academic requirements are fulfilled and (b) do not have to pay for long compulsory registration periods of several years before the final requirements can be met.  In some cases, where the student needs to meet additional requirements, the agreed initial registration period will be up to 24 months.




This brochure should be read together with the Calamus general prospectus (catalogue) and Course Unit List.  Calamus International University degrees are not UK degrees and do not have government accreditation.  


Doctor of Holistic Sciences (D.H.Sc.)

The distance programme leading to the degree of Doctor of Holistic Sciences (D.H.Sc.) awarded by Calamus International University can normally be completed within 18 to 24 months, though people with ongoing credit or previous university or equivalent credit could complete in less time.

For general information about Holistic Studies please see the CIU Bachelor's degree in Holistic Studies brochure.

This programme enables you to draw from most holistic courses in the Calamus International University course unit repertoire, plus independent study, to create a unique syllabus for each student.

For example, students may take courses from the areas of:

holistic philosophy,
wellness/ complementary medicine,
energy medicine,
stress management,
consciousness studies
biology of belief
personal development,
and so on.  

You may also be provided with a list of core (non-optional) courses including a unit on holistic philosophy.  At least 70 credits beyond Master’s level (or equivalent) will normally be required without a thesis, or 60 credits including a thesis. Some credit can come from previous courses studied elsewhere, professional trainings, workshop experience etc.

Since we do not adhere to a traditional academic year, it is possible to enrol and start your course at any time.

To enter the degree course you should be a qualified practitioner in one or more complementary health disciplines, or have a health-relevant qualification such as nursing, paramedic, medical social worker, etc, or have qualifications in a spiritual, psychic or metaphysical field.  You will need a Bachelor’s degree (in any field) and also a Master’s degree or a professional qualification in addition to your Bachelor’s. If you do not have a Master’s (or equivalent) we can suggest a suitable study plan involving extra credit.  We will be pleased to give you confidential advice on your eligibility based upon your curriculum vitae / resume and achievements.

After you have enrolled, ongoing credit can be gained for external courses taken, workshops attended, teaching experience, clinical experience (if you are a therapist) and giving or receiving supervision. 

The D.H.Sc. degree may be taken for professional development or for personal interest if desired.  However, it is not in itself a qualification to practise any field of complementary medicine, although the principles and theory of various types of complementary medicine as well as holistic and spiritual topics may be studied.  The D.H.Sc. degree is not meant to enable you to set up in private practice as a complementary medical practitioner: for this you need the appropriate professional training and certifications in the fields that interest you, plus whatever licenses are necessary for the state or country where you live.  The D.H.Sc. degree is primarily for those who are already qualified in their fields, who would like a doctoral degree to add to their qualifications.

The CIU degrees are not in themselves intended to satisfy the membership criteria of professional organisations in the field of complementary medicine. If you are seeking membership of a professional organisation, it should normally be on the strength of the practitioner certificates or diplomas you have obtained, with our programmes as supplementary or professional development qualifications.

The actual course units you will take are subject to individual negotiation according to your interests and the subjects covered by your previous credit. Please see the Course Unit List for course units available in your field or related fields. More units are being made available all the time.

You may, as part of the D.H.Sc. degree, undertake a special project on an area of your choice. However, especially if you are an experienced practitioner, the opportunity exists for you to earn your Doctorate entirely by taught work (including credits for ongoing practice, etc).

If you have done partial study towards a doctorate elsewhere, and you have had to leave your course, we will be happy to consider you as a transfer student. Even if your previous studies were done years ago, we will accept them if you have proof of study, subject to approval.   

This is a non-UK, "alternative" doctorate degree. It is not intended to be a practitioner qualification of any kind and must not be used in any way that could suggest that you are a medical practitioner.  If you are working with clients/patients the non-medical and non-UK nature of this qualification must be acknowledged wherever you include it in details of your education.

Please note that any details in this brochure may change at any time.

You are welcome to contact us to discuss your study possibilities in more detail.

Please email if you have any queries.


Credit requirements


Doctorate (taught or professional) - 60 credits including any transfer credits including a thesis; 70 credits without a thesis. 


Ph.D. - 60 credits. A research doctorate will normally incorporate postgraduate transfer credits or credits from professional trainings.  If insufficient transfer credit is available then some CIU taught course modules may need to be taken in addition to the research programme and dissertation.


One credit is nominally equivalent to one semester hour as in the typical American degree programme. The average course unit taken with CIU has a value of 3 credits or 3 semester hours.



Further advice


This brochure cannot cover everything, and further advice is available on enquiry. For best advice, please send us a copy of your curriculum vitae or resume with details of all relevant trainings you have done.

To see our prospectus and course unit list, and also to download an application form, please go to our downloads page

To see our tuition fees on-line please go to our tuition fees page

Calamus International University which awards the degrees is not a UK or US university - for status details click here.

If you have any queries please contact us, preferably by email on

This page was corrected/updated on 22 April 2011

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