BCOM - British College of Osteopathic Medicine


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Masters in Osteopathy

The purpose of the Masters in Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree is to educate individuals to become safe, competent osteopathic practitioners. On successful completion of the 4-year full-time course, graduates are eligible to register in the United Kingdom with  the General Osteopathic Council.

The course requires students to integrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills within an osteopathic and naturopathic clinical setting, and integrates scientific, anatomical, theoretical and research knowledge with applied osteopathic and naturopathic skills. Graduates who have successfully completed the course have undertaken a variety of roles and professions.

Successful students graduate from BCOM with a validated integrated Masters degree from Plymouth University, BCOM’s Diploma in Osteopathy (DO) and Diploma in Naturopathy (ND) (recognised by the General Council and Register of Naturopaths).

BCOM provides a staff to student ratio of 1:4 in clinic and 1:5 for practising students in practical classes. BCOM uses specialist lectures to teach or lead a number of the theoretical subjects such as psychology, research methods, anatomy, physiology, pharmacology and imaging. Our staff

The course is divided into Pre-Clinical and Clinical years.

Pre Clinical (Years 1 and 2)

The pre-clinical modules provide basic science knowledge and practical skills for clinical practice .Emphasis is on anatomy (including regular visits to UCL’s Dissection room and the Royal College of Surgeons museum), physiology, Pathology, Medical Diagnosis, nutrition, philosophy of osteopathy and naturopathy and  basic osteopathic and soft tissue techniques. 

Clinical years (Years 3 and 4)

Years 3 and 4 incorporate a more problem based approach using clinical based situations and patients. BCOM has a busy teaching clinic which allows BCOM students to see in excess of the 50 new patients currently recommended by the QAA Benchmark statement on Osteopathy.

Students attend three practical lectures per week throughout the four years and start attending BCOM’s out-patient teaching clinic from Year 2.

BCOM, due to the clinical component operates over 51 weeks per year. Students are assessed via a variety of methods: coursework, examinations, presentations, vivas, OSCE, practical and clinical assessments.

In Year 4 students submit their research project as a journal ready research paper.


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