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Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (MSc)

Course Description

The Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture MSc is aimed at making practice better, at developing your personal and professional skills and knowledge as a scholar practitioner deepening your initial acupuncture training. This is primarily a theoretical course which will require you to draw on your professional experience as an acupuncture practitioner. We make assumptions of what Chinese medicine is, what the Chinese body is, what is qi. These ideas will be challenged through analysis, criticality and humanity within inter-professional groups that foster original and independent thinking.

You will decide the focus and direct your assessments to meet your own interests and specialist areas. You will look at diversity of practice and learn how to integrate research and practice. The aim of the course is for you to expand your current practice either into a specialist area, to expand your clinical abilities, or to widen into research, clinical governance policy and practice within the acupuncture profession.

Core modules

• Acupuncture: A Living Tradition
The aim of this module is to help you to critically appraise historic and current literature in order to contextualise Chinese medicine as a living tradition. We will look at its historical development, diversity of practice and the features that make it a unique system of medicine. Through this and group discussion the personal context of your own practice and thinking should be revealed.

• Clinical Reasoning
This module aims to develop your clinical reasoning as a confident, independent and effective clinician within a community of practice. We will consider how we use deductive and inductive reasoning, intuition or tactic knowledge narrative reasoning and experience. Knowledge and practice will be challenged through observation and discussion of clinical situations within your own discipline and in inter-disciplinary care. Group and individual supervision and mentoring will help you to develop the reflexive skills of the practitioner. You will need to undertake the equivalent of one day a week in practice to complete this module.

• Postgraduate Research Methods
This module provides the foundation of knowledge and skills needed to undertake ethical work-based research at Masters level. The process of research and evaluation from study design through data collection and data analysis is covered. A forum is provided for critical debate, enabling you to develop critical reasoning in relation to research design.

• Researching Contemporary Issues in Complementary Medicine
This module aims to equip you with the skills you need to review and critique the evidence relating to contemporary issues in your relevant field, by gaining academic credit for formal learning such as seminars, conference presentations and workshops, and disseminating your findings in a collaborative inter-professional setting.

• Research Project
In this module you will undertake a supervised research project relevant to your areas of professional practice and/or work setting. This module builds on and draws together the knowledge and skills gained in other modules, in particular Research Methods. We will help you to develop your capacity as an autonomous researcher who, through reflection on supervision, can apply effective, rigorous, and ethical research skills in the critical in-depth investigation of a chosen topic relevant to your practice.

Associated careers

This course is designed for acupuncturist who want to extent their current practice and encourage diversity into other areas of work and in other healthcare environments such as the NHS and GP practices, charitable organisations and private outpatient clinics. Graduates may continue on to PhDs or Professional Doctorates. Employment is now becoming more possible in academic or research institutes as well as management and marketing, government and community healthcare provision. Individual modules may be taken as part of your continuing professional development (CPD).


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture (MSc) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You must have at least a Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture BSc Honours degree or equivalent and associated work experience. Where equivalence is accepted, the length, depth, content and orientation of the syllabus will be considered. You will need the higher education skills needed for postgraduate - level study, including evidence of critical thinking research, academic writing, IT, reflective practice and communication together with a collaborative approaches to learning.

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