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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture M.CMAc

Overview

Acupuncture is now well known as a system of medicine that involves the insertion of needles to specific points on the body. However, traditional practice also utilises other techniques such as moxibustion and cupping. The Chinese word for acupuncture is zhenjiu; literally needle and moxibustion. It originated In China around three thousand years ago and soon spread to other countries in Asia such as Japan and Korea. Acupuncture is now widely used around the world.

This 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. 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.

Modules covering Chinese medicine, language and culture will be 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. You'll train throughout the course at our teaching clinic. You'll also 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.

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

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

Acupuncture as a career

With acupuncture becoming increasingly popular in the UK and western countries, there's a growing amount of opportunities available on graduation – whether you want to be an acupuncturist, or 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.

Role and responsibilities

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. A steady hand and empathetic attitude are also important qualities.

Salary

Incomes vary considerably, however working full-time, acupuncturists may earn between £18,000 and £35,000 a year. (National Careers Service)

Career progression

This course will enable you to work as a professional acupuncturist, and many recent graduates from this course have gone onto be professional clinical practitioners in acupuncture.

As a graduate from this course, you will be able to apply for further study at postgraduate level.

LSBU Employability Service

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

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

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

All full-time students for this course apply to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply webpage for undergraduate students.

Interview

If you have been successful in your application you will be asked to attend an interview with an academic in the acupuncture team to discuss your reasons and ambitions to study Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – 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 postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on all aspects of the application process.
Book a 1-2-1 Application Advice Session

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursary Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
The fee shown is for entry 2017/18.
UK/EU fee: £9250International fee: £12500
AOS/LSBU code: 3643Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £37000
International £50000

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

Possible fee changes

Current regulatory proposals suggest that institutions will be permitted to increase fee levels in line with inflation up to a specified fee cap. Specifically, LSBU may be permitted to increase its fees for new and existing Home and EU students from 2017/18 onwards. 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 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a postgraduate course, studying for a Masters-level qualification either full- or part-time from 1 August, you may be entitled to apply for a £10,280 postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Postgraduate Advice Service

You are invited to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our Postgraduate Advisors. They offer a 30 minute face-to-face session where you can get tailored advice on fees and funding. Book a 1-2-1 Advice Session.

Scholarships

We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct Tuition Fee discounts.

Overview of scholarships and fee discounts for postgraduate students. Key scholarships and discounts below.

Vice-Chancellor Scholarships

Students holding an offer of a place on a postgraduate course will be invited to apply for a Vice-Chancellor Scholarships.

LSBU Graduate Loyalty Scheme

This scheme gives eligible undergraduate students and alumni a discount of their taught postgraduate tuition fees when they enrol on one of our postgraduate taught courses starting this year. Read more about the Graduate Loyalty Scheme.

International students

As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.

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.

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.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction.

 
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