The Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost)
integrates scientific, anatomical,
theoretical and research
knowledge with applied clinical
osteopathic and naturopathic
skills. The purpose of the degree
is to educate safe competent
osteopathic practitioners who on
successful completion are eligible
to register in the UK with the
General Osteopathic Council.
Graduates from BCOM have
undertaken a wide range of roles
and professions on successful
completion of their M.Ost from
Successful students graduate from BCOM with a validated degree from Plymouth University and BCOM’s highly respected and historically significant stand alone awards, Diploma in Osteopathy and Diploma in Naturopathy.
The M.Ost involves a minimum of 25 hours theory and practical classes a week
Years 1 and 2 are essentially delivered via traditional lectures but with visits to UCL’s Dissection room and Royal College of Surgeons. Emphasis is on anatomy and physiology with practical classes starting immediately on starting the course.
Years 3 and 4 are the clinical years. The clinical component is significant and the level of achievement is high. These high standards are the core of BCOM’s high academic reputation and BCOM seeks to surpass the minimum General Osteopathic Council’s Osteopathic practice standards and QAA’s Benchmark statement on Osteopathy. Year 3 and 4 incorporate a more problem based approach using clinical situations and real patients. BCOM clinical students see in excess ( ~ +20%) of 50 new patients recommended by the QAA Benchmark statement on Osteopathy.
Due to its large clinical component BCOM operates over a 51 weeks per year. Assessments take the form of coursework, formal examinations, projects, presentations and vivas and practical assessments. BCOM provides staff:student ratio of 1:5 in practical lectures and 1:4 in the teaching clinic. In Year 4 the students conduct their own research project and submit a publication – ready research paper. The best of the student research papers have been presented at international conferences and submitted for publication.
Anatomy: Osteology & Arthrology
Nutrition & Biochemistry
GI, Renal and Endocrine Physiology
Principles of Naturopathy
Principles of Osteopathy
Clinic Theory & Observation
Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Clinical Soft-Tissue Techniques
X-ray Diagnosis, Rheumatology & Orthopaedics
Applied Natural Therapeutics
Clinical Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & X-ray
Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Practice Management, Ethics And Audit
Project (double module)
Osteopathic Clinical Practice
The British College of Osteopathic Medicine works in partnership with Plymouth University