Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture, M.CMAc

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 48 months
  • English


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.

Over the four year course of Chinese Medicine - Acupuncture at London South Bank University 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.


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.


  • British Acupuncture Accreditation Board

Programme Structure

ModulesYear 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
  • Dissertation

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

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade C):


    C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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.

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

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