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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (M.CMAc)

Course Description

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.

See the website http://www.lsbu.ac.uk/courses/course-finder/chinese-medicine-acupuncture-masters-m-mac


Year 1:
- Chinese medicine 1: basic principles
- Concepts of inter-professional practice in health and social care
- Tuina and Jingluo 1
- Clinic 1: observation 1
- Chinese language 1
- Biomedicine 1: anatomy and physiology
- History of Chinese medicine
- Concepts of inter-professional practice in health and social care

Year 2:
- Tuina and Jingluo 2
- Clinic 2: observation 1
- Biomedicine 2: pathophysiology and pharmacology
- Sociology of health
- Chinese language 2
- Chinese medicine 2: pattern differentiation
- Running a practice

Year 3:
- Expertise, evidence and research: Informing clinical practice
- Clinic 3: Patient management 1
- Chinese medicine 3: integration
- Biomedicine 3: diagnosis and treatment
- Research in health and social care

Year 4:
- Clinic 4: Patient management 2

Option 1: China trip
- Chinese hospital placement
- Chinese language 3
Option 2: Remain in the UK
- Chinese Medicine 4: Plurality and classics
- Chinese language 3


- 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 Services
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. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job 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 interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes. This course is accredited by the British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB). BAAB accredits courses on behalf of the British Acupuncture Council (BAcC).

This course is run in partnership with London South Bank University, the Confucius Institute at LSBU, Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine and Harbin Normal University. All students on the course are eligible to apply for scholarships through the Confucius Institute to undertake studies in Chinese medicine and language in China.

The British Acupuncture Accreditation Board (BAAB) is the Accreditation board for courses in acupuncture.

The BAAB fosters and monitors high quality educational standards to assure the general public that all new graduates from BAAB-accredited acupuncture programmes are knowledgeable, reflective, competent and safe practitioners.

Visit the Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (M.CMAc) page on the London South Bank University website for more details!

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