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Conversion Degree Course

The BSc (Hons) Osteopathy Conversion Degree for Diplomates, often known as the Conversion Course, is a 10-month post-basic training course which consists of two parts. Completion of this degree does not confer eligibility for membership to the General Osteopathic Council. It serves solely as an academic top-up to an osteopathic honours degree.

Please contact Van Treptow for more information.

The BSc (Hons) Osteopathy consists of four core modules that must be taken by all students:

1. Research Methodology (15 credits)
2. Advances in Osteopathic Medicine (15 credits)
3. Reflective Practice (30 credits - double module)
4. Research Project (30 credits – double module)

PART I (Block-teaching attendance)

During Part 1, students attend block-teaching sessions to cover the following taught modules:

1. Research Methodology (15 Credits or 30 ECTs)
2. Advances in Osteopathic Medicine (15 Credits or 30 ECTs)
3. Reflective Practice (30 Credits or 60 ECTs)

Each module represents a notional 150 hours of study time (300 for the Reflective practice which is a double module)

PART II (Project: Research Paper - 30 credits or 60 ECTs)

Consisting of an in-practice research element, the Project, including collecting patient data and data-processing together with supporting theory and proposal, to create a journal-ready paper. There is regular contact with supervisors (personally or by email or phone) that culminates in the presentation of a final research paper. The Project represents a notional 300 hours of study time. This second element will follow directly from Part I for a period of normally up to ten months.

For more information about each module please click here.


Applicants to the degree course must normally have completed the four year full-time Diploma Course in Osteopathy at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) and have been awarded a D.O.

  • have completed a similar full time Diploma course (minimum of 4 years duration) to that above. BCOM would form a working relationship with the Osteopathic Educational Institution to monitor and ascertain that the Diploma course is similar to that of BCOM’s Diploma course
  • and possess full professional registration with an osteopathic registering body in their country of domicile
  • and have submitted a Curriculum Vitae plus course resume (together with osteopathic and clinical transcripts)
  • and have fluency in the English language to the level of TOFEL 575 or IELTS 6.0
  • and have attended an interview to assess their suitability to meet the aims of the course.

If you wish to apply for the BSc (Hons) Osteopathy Conversion Course, please complete a BCOM Application Form and send it to Mrs Van Treptow (vtreptow@bcom.ac.uk).


Conversion Course Dates 2017/18

Future Conversion Course dates to be confirmed.

Fees for the Conversion Degree Course

Fees to be confirmed (All tuition fees are subject to annual review)

English Language requirements

Since the course is both taught and assessed in English, students whose first language is other than English must be able to demonstrate "Use of English" oral and written, to the level (or equivalent of) IELTS 6.0 (medical English).

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