Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture MSc

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UKPASS code: 036082 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Full-time
Start: 15 September 2016
Duration: 1 year
Location: Central London
Campus: Cavendish

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Alumni discount.

Home/EU: £9,500.00
Overseas: £13,500.00

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

Subjects of study

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

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.

Course team

Jane Wilson, Course Leader

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).

Length of course

One year full-time (this would mean that you are able to put at least five days a week into study)

Two to five years part-time (we recommend two years in order to maintain momentum but it could be longer).

Attendance is week day alternating face-to-face sessions with reading and reflections on your clinical practice.

Attendance will be supported by blended and on-line learning, group supervision and one-to-one tutorials.


Central London (Cavendish)

Additional costs information

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.


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Westminster Polyclinic

Pearl, one of our oldest patients (92 years young)
She had her first acupuncture treatment over 50 years ago. She has been having treatment in our Westminster Polyclinic since it opened.

"As far as I am concerned acupuncture is the top treatment”.
"When I come in to the clinic I may not be feeling very well, and finding it hard to walk, but when I leave I feel on top of the world and I bounce out!"

Westminster has an extremely busy student clinic, where students carry out clinical work right from their first year of study. The clinic sees a variety of patients, including NHS and social services referrals. Students are closely supervised, but are expected to work to a high standard in the clinic. Students also work in an external NHS clinic in London. For more information visit:

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Steve on part-time mode (graduate 2012, first class honours)

"Over the years I have seen the course leaders continually finding ways of improving and making the course more relevant and instructive."

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EASTmedicine Summer School

Our EASTmedicine summer school, every year, offers two weeks of research-based and clinically oriented seminars and practical workshops by leading academics and experienced clinicians in the field of Chinese and East Asian medicines. (below is the link to this year’s summer school event). Professor Volker Scheid gained a Wellcome Trust grant that aims to analyse the history of East Asian medicines throughout the last millenium by understanding the different modes of knowing and styles of practice that informed them. This project is aimed at creating a framework for researching East Asian medicines from a transnational perspective. For more information visit:

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Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

16 November 2016Postgraduate Information EveningHarrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street
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