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 MSc Osteopathy

The creation of a stand-alone, postgraduate MSc Osteopathy recognises and offers further access routes towards Masters level within the profession.  This course further provides graduates of various clinical disciplines – particularly those currently actively in practice - with a flexible opportunity to upgrade their academic achievement and knowledge to full masters level in postgraduate healthcare subjects.  It is likely that most participants will complete on a part-time basis in approximately 2-3 years.  Access is available to clinical healthcare graduates from other disciplines than osteopathy to the degree and its modules, with the exception of three restricted modules, Osteopathic Sports Medicine, Paediatric Osteopathy and Cranial Osteopathy, to which only registered osteopaths are admissible. 


MSc Osteopathy is primarily designed as a mix of three core modules and four designate (elective) modules.

The three core modules that are required to be taken by all MSc Osteopathy students are:

1)      Advances in Professional Studies (20 credits – core)

2)      Research Methods (20 credits – core)

3)      Research Project (60 credits – core)

The four designate (elective) modules for the MSc Osteopathy degree programme can be chosen from:

1)      Advanced Anatomy (20 credits – designate)

2)      Advanced Nutrition (20 credits – designate)

3)      Advanced Pharmacology & Immunology (20 credits – designate)

4)      Advanced X-Ray & Imaging (20 credits – designate)

5)      Concepts in Osteopathic Care of Animals (20 credits – designate)

6)      Animal Osteopathy: Small Animals (20 credits – designate)

7)      Animal Osteopathy: Large Animals (20 credits – designate)

8)      Cranial Osteopathy (20 credits – designate)

9)      Hydrotherapy (20 credits – designate)

10)   Osteopathic Sports Medicine (20 credits – designate)

11)   Paediatric Osteopathy (20 credits – designate)

For more information about each module please click here.

For more information about fees and funding please click here.


The course is taught in block-teaching sessions, usually but not exclusively on a model of five consecutive days, often structured to include a weekend.  These five-day blocks will usually include the entire on-site teaching (and where appropriate, including specialist offsite visits).  The specific dates and the modules expected to be offered on them will be available to students before enrolment.  Students will be expected to make appropriate leave or work-release arrangements to attend the programme. It may be that some sessions will have to be cancelled or added if individual modules have low or high application rates.  Students will be given as much notice as possible in this eventuality.

Usually students will be expected to undertake the Advanced Professional Studies and Research Methods modules first, i.e. before any designate or elective modules.  Four additional modules, usually from the selection of designates, will then be taken (please note that some modules are available to osteopaths only due to legal and professional restrictions).  Coursework submission will take place seven weeks after the end of the block teaching.

The schedule for the Research Project is fixed to specific dates each year.  A student will usually commence work on this module in September of a given academic year (i.e. at its start).  A literature review will be submitted in December with submission and presentation of the Paper in May.  This will usually require a day’s attendance at the College, for which the student may be required to arrange leave or work release.

Due to the flexible nature of the programme, students will be expected to have completed the two core modules and three (of four) additional modules before commencing the Research Project.  Therefore, this is the minimum amount of the programme that must have been completed before commencing the Research Project, though all other modules may be completed first.  The remaining (fourth) module will therefore either have been completed before commencing the Research Project or will be completed before its submission. 

Subsidiary awards of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma may be offered if your aims and ambitions have changed but you have successfully completed sufficient credits as shown below.

Credits at level M

Modules Required


180 credits

6 modules + project

Postgraduate Diploma

120 credits

6 modules

Postgraduate Certificate

60 credits

3 modules


The assessments are designed to determine the students’ understanding of the individual module's aims and learning outcomes and to determine how far these have been successfully met.  The success of the learning strategies will be displayed in the range, depth and contextualisation of the responses to the assessment challenges.   The types of assessment (essay, project, practical skill fluency and efficacy, unseen question responses, clinical practice reflection, published paper review, interpretation of physical measurement, application of academic study to clinical interpretation, understanding clinical audit, completion of a research project) involve a wide range of methods that give full opportunity for the students to exhibit their mature understanding to the required masters’ level.


Admissions requirements:

Applicants for the MSc Osteopathy programme should hold a BSc degree with Upper Second Class Degree (2.1) or equivalent. Applications from students with a Lower Second Class degree (2.2) with good research project/dissertation mark will also be considered.

Due to professional and legal restrictions on osteopathic practice, some modules will be available only to applicants with Osteopathic qualifications.

If English is not your first language, IELTS 6.0 or equivalent will be required.

Application form 

Please also submit the Elective Modules Form


Course Specific Regulations:

1)      Candidates must have membership of a professional body and carry appropriate Professional Liability Insurance.

2)      A student must undertake at least one module per year (unless valid Mitigating Circumstances apply) to remain enrolled.

3)      Candidates must have completed the two taught core modules and at least three of the four designate modules before commencing the triple Project module.

4)      Only registered osteopaths may take the following modules: Osteopathic Sports Medicine, Cranial Osteopathy and Paediatric Osteopathy


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