BCOM - British College of Osteopathic Medicine


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Masters in Osteopathy

 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.

How to Apply

View Plymouth University page


Year One
Anatomy: Osteology & Arthrology
Cardio-respiratory Physiology
Anatomy: Myology
Anatomy: Neurology
Nutrition & Biochemistry
GI, Renal and Endocrine Physiology
Principles of Naturopathy
Principles of Osteopathy
Osteopathic Technique
Soft-Tissue Techniques

Year Two
Integrated Anatomy
Clinic Theory & Observation
Spinal Mechanics
Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Exercise Physiology
Clinical Soft-Tissue Techniques
Osteopathic Technique

Year Three
Differential Diagnosis
X-ray Diagnosis, Rheumatology & Orthopaedics
Research Methodology
Peripheral Mechanics
Applied Natural Therapeutics
Applied Pharmacology
Clinical Practice
Osteopathic Technique

Year Four
Clinical Rheumatology, Orthopaedics & X-ray
Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology
Clinical Psychosomatics
Practice Management, Ethics And Audit
Project (double module)
Osteopathic Clinical Practice

Study Phases

Pre-Clinical Theory
Pre-Clinical Practical
Clinical Theory

Clinical Practical

The British College of Osteopathic Medicine works in partnership with Plymouth University


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