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​Course Content​

Taught as a stand-alone professional qualification, the 24 week course in Holistic Massage (over 9 months, September – June) offers a broad perspective on massage as a health maintenance discipline and a grounding in a wide range of massage skills, principles and professional approaches. Students will learn the techniques to develop their own style of massage, underpinned by understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology; specific massage skills, self-care and body use for massage, and confidence in relating to clients, and building their own practice. 

During 2009 the Complementary Therapy Suite was refurbished. The area has audio visual and other teaching aides, the latest electric hydraulic massage couches, portable couches and massage chairs, relaxation chairs and cubicles for clinic sessions.

Career Potential

Successful completion of the course would enable the practitioner to practice as a MTI registered massage therapist. This course also meets the pre-requisite massage standard for undertaking the IFPA accredited Diploma in Aromatherapy.

Entry Requirements

To discuss entry requirement please contact the programme leader under Contact Us.
Entry is also subject to a satisfactory criminal records check. More details about criminal records procedures can be found at

Key Facts

Key Facts
The Cardiff Met Centre for Complementary Healthcare, offers 3 professionally accredited and recognised training pathways:
• Holistic Massage
• Clinical Reflexology
• Clinical Aromatherapy 

We are a centre of excellence for the provision of education and training in Complementary Healthcare.

The Centre is fully equipped with audio visual and other teaching aides, the latest electric hydraulic massage couches, portable couches, massage chairs and 12 curtained cubicles.

In keeping with the House of Lords Select Committee Report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine in 2000, which highlighted the need to increase the evidence base for therapies, all our programmes have a strong focus on research-based theory. All students are encouraged and supported to be research aware.
In addition to lectures, students are required to complete 60 hours of case studies for each pathway in their own time. The integration of research and therapy skills via the application of recognised data collection tools within these case studies is encouraged.

All students have access to the Cardiff Met library and IT facilities to support their learning.

Holistic Massage
Alongside practical skills, students will study anatomy, physiology and pathology, introductory research skills and entrepreneurial skills for complementary therapists. There will also be an opportunity to work with clients within the university’s complementary healthcare clinic.

This suite of modules aims to develop in students the necessary knowledge, understanding and clinical skills for professional massage practice in accordance with the guidelines of the accrediting professional body: Massage Training Institute, so that they may operate professionally, effectively, ethically and reflectively in the local, national and global market
For a more detailed overview of the content for each module, please contact Julie Duffy


  • Successful completion of the all modules will enable the student to practice as an MTI registered Massage Practitioner.
  • Following study of further credits at Levels 4 and 5, students may also apply to progress onto any of the Higher Education Pathways, including the BSc (Hons) Complementary Healthcare (with Practitioner Status).

Accredited by:
Massage Training Institute (MTI)

Campus: Llandaff
School: Cardiff School of Sport & Health Sciences

Course Length:
The course will run as follows:
Holistic Massage Modules 1 & 2 – Monday or Wednesday 9.30 – 4.30 
Anatomy and Physiology - 4 hours per week (Terms 1& 2) Tuesdays
Introduction to Research – Friday 10.00-12.00 (Term 1)

14 weekends and 13 months of study

*Please note that times may be subject to change.

Course Fees:
Please contact Julie Duffy (Programme Director) for details on current fees 
Tel: 029 2020 5612 

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Cardiff Met Enquiry Team on 029 2041 6010 or

For course specific enquiries, please contact the diploma coordinator, Julie Duffy:
Tel: 029 2020 5612

See Also:
Cardiff School of Sport & Health Scienc​es Website

Your Next Steps​​

To make an application please visit our online Self Service system.  Guidance on making an application can be found here.