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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture M.CMAc

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Overview

Look sharp

History, tradition, science, art – if you are interested in acupuncture, our course covers this branch of Chinese medicine from every possible perspective. And the BSc (Hons) Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture programme is run in conjunction with the award winning Confucius Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CITCM).

Over the four year course, you'll also gain a thorough understanding of western bio-medical sciences and the skills to be a reflective and professional practitioner. Research will play an important role in the future development of the profession of acupuncture and this programme is designed to equip you with excellent research skills.

We guarantee all undergraduate Home/EU students a work placement, internship or work experience while studying a full-time course starting in September 2018.

Why Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture M.CMAc at LSBU?

We’re proud that this course is accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board.
Happy students – we’re the No.1 London modern university in the UK for Satisfied overall with course in Health Professions (Guardian League Table 2018).
The course is run in partnership with the  Confucius Institute at LSBU, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Harbin Normal University.
Our industry relevant course provides a strong foundation in the theory and application of acupuncture, as well as extensive clinical experience and a grounding in Chinese language and culture.
The Confucius Institute has fully equipped facilities with acupuncture needles for acupuncture, moxa for moxibustion and cups for cupping.
You can apply for scholarships through the Confucius Institute to undertake studies in Chinese medicine and language in China.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

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Modules

The course covers Chinese medicine, language and culture, all taught by experienced lecturers from China. You'll benefit from this wealth of clinical experience and extensive knowledge of the various traditions and historical developments in Chinese medicine. You'll also learn from practitioners based in the UK to gain a more complete picture and understanding of the skills required to be a professional acupuncturist in the West.

Clinical experience is central to understanding and good practice of acupuncture. As well as this, you'll train throughout the course at our teaching clinic and undertake an extended clinical placement in a Chinese hospital and study at our partner institution the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. All this combined will help you to develop the skills to be a reflective and professional acupuncturist.

Year 1

  • Chinese medicine 1: basic principles
    This module introduces the fundamental concepts of Chinese Medicine. You develop an understanding of the body/mind system of Chinese Medicine in health (physiology) as well as basic pattern differentiation and aetiological factors (pathology). 
  • Concepts of  inter-professional practice in health and social care
    Through consideration of the roles and relationships of professionals with patients or clients in health and social care services, this module will begin to develop the skills and capabilities necessary for them to perform effectively in the academic and inter-professional clinical / service environment.
  • Tuina and Jingluo 1
    This module introduces the physical and practical skills of tuina and encourages a sensitive and confident approach to massage and palpation. You will learn a professional and respectful approach to handling patients. You will also learn the pathways of the meridians and the location of key acupuncture points. 
  • Clinic 1: observation 1
    This is the first clinic-based module and provides you with the opportunity to observe acupuncture being practiced. Classroom based teaching will introduce the professional codes of practice and help develop awareness of ethical issues and reflective practice.
  • Chinese language 1
    This module introduces the Chinese language with emphasis on developing pronunciation and listening skills. Basic grammar structures are taught. The target lexis covers 'everyday' Chinese as well as terms related to Chinese Medicine. You are given an introduction to written Chinese and the formation of Chinese characters. 
  • Biomedicine 1: anatomy and physiology
    This module provides a foundation in biosciences.  The module introduces anatomy, physiology, chemistry and cell biology of named body system
  • History of Chinese medicine
    This module provides an introduction to the history of Chinese Medicine. It sets the development of Chinese medicine within the context of wider social changes of Chinese history. It also introduces Chinese philosophy: Confucianism, Daoism and Buddhism. 
  • Concepts of inter-professional practice in health and social care
    Through consideration of the roles and relationships of professionals with patients or clients in health and social care services, this module will begin to develop your skills and capabilities necessary for them to perform effectively in the academic and inter-professional clinical / service environment. 

Year 2

  • Tuina and Jingluo 2
    This module further develops practical skills of tuina and meridian/ point location developed in Tuina and Jingluo 1. Emphasis is placed on developing a sensitive and confident approach to massage and palpation. You will learn a professional and respectful approach to handling patients as well as the pathways of the meridians and the location of acupuncture points.
  • Clinic 2: observation 1
    This is the intermediate clinic-based module that will enable you to further develop and broaden the skills introduced in Clinic 1 so that they are ready to take on the student-practitioner / patient management role in Clinic 3: Patient Management. Classroom based teaching will support the development of skills, awareness of ethical issues and reflective practice. As the module progresses you will be expected to take on more responsibilities in the clinic and participate to a greater degree in discussions regarding differentiation and treatment planning. 
  • Biomedicine 2: pathophysiology and pharmacology
    This module builds upon the knowledge and understanding gained in Biomedicine 1. You will further develop your understanding of the named body systems and will study common pathologies.  You will be introduced to key concepts in pharmacology, the benefits of drugs and side effects in modern practice. You will also learn to recognise red flag presentations. 
  • Sociology of health
    This module introduces key philosophical paradigms that underpin research methodologies. You will discuss how health and well-being are defined and measured. The module covers the main sociological theories regarding health and well-being. It gives you the opportunity to explore and discuss your own attitudes towards health and well-being. 
  • Chinese language 2
    This module builds on the basic language skills developed in Chinese Language 1 or equivalent prior knowledge. You will develop your language skills and knowledge of Chinese Medicine lexis.
  • Chinese medicine 2: pattern differentiation
    This module builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in Chinese Medicine 1. You develop an in depth understanding and working knowledge of various methods of pattern differentiation. You will also broaden your knowledge of aetiological factors. 
  • Running a practice
    This module is designed to enable you to understand the business and management side of running and acupuncture practice in the UK. 

Year 3

  • Expertise, evidence and research: Informing clinical practice
    Expertise, evidence and research all contribute to the development of clinical practice. This module examines the role of evidence-based practice and how expertise, evidence and research can be sourced and utilised to improve clinical practice. 
  • Clinic 3: Patient management 1
    This is a clinic-based module. You will take on the role of student-practitioner to gain experience of 'patient management'. You will be supported to do this under close supervision by tutors in the clinic. Clinical learning will be enhanced by seminars that will provide the opportunity for you to reflect on various aspect of being a practitioner: theory, skills, ethics, reflective practice and the therapeutic relationship. 
  • Chinese medicine 3: integration
    You will analyse and discuss the treatment of specific conditions using Chinese medicine, biomedicine as well as research data. You will also debate ethical issues and will be required to identify red flags and the need for referral when appropriate. There is a strong emphasis on group work and independent study. 
  • Biomedicine 3: diagnosis and treatment
    This module builds on previous knowledge and understanding developed in Biomedicine 1 and 2. The module broadens students understanding and knowledge of pathology. The module includes an overview of key diagnostic tests, medical imaging and examinations in relation to disease diagnosis and symptom interpretation.  The module covers embryology and neurology and introduces biomedical explanations for the mechanisms of acupuncture. 
  • Research in health and social care
    The purpose of this module is to consolidate and extend students' knowledge of research approaches and methods and enhance their ability to be critical users of research evidence. The module examines philospohical and theoretical perspectives underpinning health and social care research approaches including exploration of research design and key aspects of data gathering and interpretation of both qualitative and quantitative analyses. The module will develop practical skills for identifying, critical reviewing  and synthesising research evidence relevant to professional practice. 

Year 4

  • Clinic 4: Patient management 2
    This is a clinic-based module. You will gain further experience as student-practitioners with 'patient management' responsibility. You will be supported to do this under supervision by tutors in the clinic. Clinical learning will be enhanced by seminars that will provide the opportunity for you to reflect on various aspects of being a practitioner: theory, skills, ethics, reflective practice and the therapeutic relationship.
  • Dissertation
    This module provides you with the opportunity to undertake original enquiry in a chosen area of professional practice. Through the preparatory learning set you will be able to consolidate and extend your knowledge and understanding of research and evaluation design and associated methods of enquiry. You will be supported to develop the practical skills necessary to plan and carry out your chosen project. The preparatory learning set will address ethical and governance issues and processes relevant to your project. 

Option 1: China trip

  • Chinese hospital placement
    This module is a placement in a Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital in China. You will observe and assist in a variety of setting within the hospital, outpatients acupuncture clinic, wards and tuina clinics.
  • Chinese language 3
    This module builds on the language skills developed in Chinese Language 2 or equivalent prior knowledge. You will further develop your language skills and knowledge of Chinese Medicine lexis.

Option 2: Remain in the UK

  • Chinese Medicine 4: Plurality and classics
    This module will give you a greater understanding of the diversity of practice of acupuncture in a similar fashion to those who opt to go to China. You will further develop your understanding and knowledge of other traditions such as Five Element, Stems and Branches, Trigger Point and Japanese acupuncture. You will work in groups to research specific topics and present your findings to the class.
  • Chinese language 3
    This module builds on the language skills developed in Chinese Language 2 or equivalent prior knowledge. You will further develop your language skills and knowledge of Chinese Medicine lexis.

Employability

Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture LSBU - phase 1b

Thanks to the increasing popularity of acupuncture in the UK and western countries, there's a growing amount of opportunities available once you graduate. This could be as an acupuncturist, or you might choose to go into teaching, research or another side of healthcare. Our emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching and extensive clinical practice means that when you successfully graduate in Acupuncture you will be able to work as a professional acupuncturist and many recent graduates from this course have gone onto be professional clinical practitioners in acupuncture.

Acupuncturists spend much of their time working with clients: speaking to them, diagnosing and treating them. Usually working from a clinic, or at a client's home – sometimes on evenings and weekends, acupuncturists tend to be self-employed. This means a good understanding of business and marketing are key skills you would need to develop. Professionalism and empathy are also important qualities. As a graduate from this course, you’ll be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Placements

Staff

Ian Appleyard

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Acupuncture

Ian Appleyard is the Course Director of the BSc and Integrated Masters Chinese Medicine courses.


Anna Forte

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Occupational Therapy

Anna Forte has a clinical background in Mental health Occupational Therapy, with experience of working in both community and in-patient settings.


Dr Weidong Huang

School/Division: Health and Social Care / Allied Health Sciences
Job title: Senior Lecturer - Acupuncture

Dr Huang is professionally trained in both Chinese and Western medicine, specialising in acupuncture and Chinese medicine.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

2018 entry

  • A Level CDD or;
  • BTEC National Diploma MMP or;
  • Access to HE qualifications with 30 Merits and 15 Passes or;
  • Equivalent level 3 qualifications worth 80 UCAS points
  • All Level 3 qualifications must include a Science subject
  • Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C including Maths and English or equivalent.
  • Chinese students should have a pass in the State Entrance Exam, with a minimum score of 550-600 points.

We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5 or Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Attributes and values:
Personal qualities and values in line with those expected by the NHS constitution.

How to apply

International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
4 years
Start date
September
Application code
B343
Application method

For full-time courses, please send your applications through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) using our code L75. UCAS is the organisation responsible for managing applications to higher education courses in the UK.

For part-time courses, you can apply directly to the University.

For more details on how to apply (full-time and part-time) see our how to apply page.

International students can either apply through UCAS or directly to LSBU. See the international how to apply page for details.

Accommodation

Once we have made you an offer, you can apply for accommodation. You can rent from LSBU and you’ll deal directly with the university, not third party providers. That means we can guarantee you options to suit all budgets, with clear tenancy agreements and all-inclusive rents that include insurance for your personal belongings, internet access in each bedroom and on-site laundry facilities.

Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.

Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

You don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as an undergraduate student.

Fees and funding

Fee prices

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for undergraduate students.

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4%.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

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Applicant events

After you’ve received your offer we’ll send you emails about events we run to help you prepare for your course. 

Enrolling

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.

 
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