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Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences (IOS) course

Our Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences (IoS) course is designed for potential M.Ost students who have proven academic achievement but who lack a solid grounding in the sciences. If you would like to take up a career in osteopathy and you already have a non-science degree or equivalent, this course is specifically designed to support you.

About the course structure

The course lasts approximately 5-6 weeks, and includes a mixture of  lectures (usually on a weekend) and remote learning. Course materials are made available through the BSO's Online Learning Environment (BONE) enabling students to study at home and around other commitments. The course is assessed by a final written exam.

Cohorts start at different points throughout the year enabling students to join to M.Ost in the following September. The dates of the next three courses are as follows:

  • Saturday 29 April - Saturday 10 June
  • Saturday 8 July - Saturday 12 August
  • Tuesday 29 August - Friday 8 September

For more information about lecture and exam times download a course timetable.

About the course content

The course provides a programme of intensive science study, including:

  • Microbiology;
  • Chemical and physical processes;
  • Cells and tissues;
  • Chemical equilibrium;
  • Energy and health;
  • Maintenance of the human body (including cardiovascular system and nervous system) and the musculo-skeletal system.

Course costs

The course is offered free of charge to students who have been provisionally accepted on to the M.Ost programme. When you apply for the M.Ost our admissions team will advise you on whether successful completion of the IOS course is a requirement of the offer. Some M.Ost applicants opt to undertake the IOS course as a refresher of their scientific knowledge, even if it isn't a requirement of their offer.

Next steps

The IOS course has been designed to prepare students specifically for studying the BSO's M.Ost courses, and is therefore not transferable to another higher education institution.

The BSO's friendly admissions team will be pleased to give you more information about this course, and answer any questions you have. Please call 020 7089 5316 or email the admissions department.

Download a course brochure