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Master of Chinese Medicine

Approved Abbreviation: MChinMed


Western Sydney University Course Code: 4716.2

AQF Level: 9

CRICOS Code: 085664A


Course Status: CURRENT
This version of the course is available to new and continuing students.


Students should follow the course structure for the course version relevant to the year they commenced. This version applies to students whose commencement year in this course is 2018 or later.

Units may be revised or replaced to ensure students are provided with up to date curriculum throughout their studies, and this may result in a new course version. Refer to the Check My Course Progress page in MySR for the most up to date information for your course.

For commencement year 2015, please refer to: 4716.1 Master of Chinese Medicine

The Master of Chinese Medicine is a postgraduate qualification designed for Chinese medicine practitioners wishing to strengthen their knowledge and better integrate into the health care system, and for graduates with a Chinese Medicine specialisation seeking a pathway to research. It can be completed in one-and-a-half years of full-time study or the equivalent in part-time study.

The course includes two major streams: a clinical stream and research-training pathway. The clinical stream features a substantial clinical placement in a teaching hospital in China affiliated with Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BJUCM) in addition to clinical specialisation workshops. An alternative is also available for students who do not wish to complete the clinical placement overseas. The research stream includes a significant research project which is supported by the National Institute of Complementary Medicine (NICM). Students who wish to enter the research steam have to meet entry requirements (GPA of 5); graduates of this stream may be interested in furthering their studies in a higher degree.

The course will be delivered via structured, intensive workshops and online resources with self-directed learning between workshops to allow maximum flexibility for busy practitioners.

Students who complete the Master of Chinese Medicine from Western Sydney University, including the clinical placement at BJUCM, will also be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine from BJUCM. Students may exit the Master of Chinese Medicine after one semester (i.e. after completing 40 credit points) with the Graduate Certificate in Chinese Medicine. Students in the clinical specialisation stream may exit the Master of Chinese Medicine after two semesters (i.e. after completing 80 credit points) with the Graduate Diploma in Chinese Medicine. Students can combine their studies in Chinese Medicine with additional postgraduate units in public health and health science. Where approved, completion of four such units, in addition to the Master of Chinese Medicine, will result in the award of a Graduate Certificate in Health Science or a Graduate Certificate in Public Health.

Study Mode
One and a half years full-time.

Course Advice

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Course AdviceHealthSciences@westernsydney.edu.au
Prospective students should use the links at the top of the page for general enquiries about this course.

Location

CampusAttendanceModeCourse Advice
Campbelltown CampusFull TimeInternal See above
Campbelltown CampusPart TimeInternal See above

Admission

Applicants must have either:

An undergraduate degree in Acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine

Or

A Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Associate Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture and five years full-time equivalent clinical work experience in the field of Traditional Chinese Medicine or Acupuncture

Applicants seeking admission on the basis of work experience must support their application with a Statement of Service for all work experience listed on the application.

Statement of Service

Applicants holding registration from the Chinese Medicine Registration Board of Australia (CMBA) or full membership of any of associations in Group 1 will be accepted without additional assessment. Applicants holding any type of membership other than full membership from any associations in Group 1, or applicants holding any type of membership from any association in Group 2 will be further assessed. For each of these applicants, this assessment will be an interview by the Director of Academic Program and a nominee of the Head of School. The interview will assess the applicant’s prior learning, experience in the discipline and understanding of the assumed knowledge appropriate to entry into the course.

Association

Group 1

  • Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association (AACMA)
  • The Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Association Inc (ATCMA)
  • Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Society of Australia (CMASA)
  • Joint ATCMA & CMASA (established on 3rd July 2010)
  • Australian Chinese Medical Association (Victoria) (ACMA)
  • The Australian Medical Acupuncture College
  • Australian Medical Acupuncture Society (AMAS)
  • Australian College of Acupuncturist (ACAL)
  • Australian Natural Therapist Association (ANTA)
  • Australian Traditional Chinese Medicine Association (ATCMA)
  • Australian Traditional Medicine Society (ATMS)
  • Federation of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Societies of Australia (FCMA)
  • NSW Association of Chinese Medicine (NSWACM)
  • Victorian Traditional Acupuncture Society / Chinese Medicine Association (VTAS/CMA)

Group 2

  • Acupuncture Association of Victoria Inc (AAV)
  • Acupuncture Association of Australia (AAA)
  • Acupuncture Association of Australia, New Zealand and Asia (AAANZA)
  • Australian Acupuncture Association Ltd / Acupuncture Ethics and Standards Organisation Ltd (AAcA/AESO)
  • Australian Nurses Acupuncture Association (ANAA)
  • Australian Physiotherapy Association (Acupuncture Study Group) (APA)
  • Society of Natural Therapists & Researchers (SNTR)
  • Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA)
  • Traditional Medicine of China Society Australia (TMSC)

Applications from Australian and New Zealand citizens and holders of permanent resident visas must be made via the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Use the links below to apply via UAC or Western Sydney University. Applications made directly to Western Sydney do not have an application fee.

Applicants who have undertaken studies overseas may have to provide proof of proficiency in English. Local and International applicants who are applying through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC) will find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on the UAC website. Local applicants applying directly to the University should also use the information provided on the UAC website.

http://www.uac.edu.au/

https://westernsydney.uac.edu.au/ws/

Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Education International - National Office of Overseas Skills Recognition (AEI-NOOSR) to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline. This course includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this course. Please contact the Course Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the 'Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students' website for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 120 credit points including the core units listed below.

To complete some of the components within the units in this course, students may be required to travel to other Western Sydney University campuses.

Core Units

401131Clinical Applications of Classical Acupuncture
401130Clinical Application of Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
401133Clinical Placement
401129Evidence Based Practice in Chinese Medicine
400850Professional Topic

400850 Professional Topic will not be on offer from 2020 and replaced with 401238 Qualitative Research Methodology in Health.

401238Qualitative Research Methodology in Health
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401132Women's Health in Chinese Medicine

Choose one of

401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401076Introduction to Epidemiology

Specialist Units

Students must complete 30 credit points of elective units, either from the following list or other postgraduate units with DAP approval.

401137Chronic and Complex Disorders in Chinese Medicine
401136Clinical Oncology and Chinese Medicine
401135Mental and Neurological Disorders and Chinese Medicine
401134Musculoskeletal Health in Chinese Medicine

Master of Chinese Medicine (Research Pathway)

Note: Students require a GPA over 5.0 in order to take up the research stream option.

Core Units

401129Evidence Based Practice in Chinese Medicine
401131Clinical Applications of Classical Acupuncture
401130Clinical Application of Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
401138Research Project and Thesis
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401132Women's Health in Chinese Medicine

Choose one of

401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401076Introduction to Epidemiology

Graduate Diploma of Chinese Medicine (exit only)

Core Units

401131Clinical Applications of Classical Acupuncture
401130Clinical Application of Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
401129Evidence Based Practice in Chinese Medicine
401080Research Protocol Design and Practice
401132Women's Health in Chinese Medicine

Choose one of

401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401076Introduction to Epidemiology

Plus two electives at postgraduate level

Graduate Certificate of Chinese Medicine (exit only)

401130Clinical Application of Classical Chinese Herbal Medicine
401131Clinical Applications of Classical Acupuncture
401129Evidence Based Practice in Chinese Medicine

Choose one of

401077Introduction to Biostatistics
401076Introduction to Epidemiology


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