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M.Ost (5 years part -time)

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Our part-time course allows students to qualify as an osteopath alongside other work and family commitments. As with the full-time course, it provide you with the necessary skills and experitise to become a practicing osteopath, and has Recognised Qualification (RQ) status which will allow you to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) once qualified.

Key features

  • A student-centred approach to academic and clinical training
  • Over 1,000 hours of clinical training in Europe’s largest and busiest osteopathy clinic
  • Opportunities to work with patients in a wide variety of clinical settings at our unique community and specialist clinics
  • Elective options for final year students to focus on specialist areas of personal interest
  • Excellent guidance and support, including an ongoing mentoring programme for new graduates as they take their first steps into osteopathy as a career.
  • Teaching and learning to help you develop your own learning style
  • Learning that exceeds the level of most undergraduate degrees by incorporating a demanding Masters level research project in the final year of the course
  • Faculty experience - our tutors are practicing osteopaths and education professionals who bring a weath of experience to their teaching. The faculty also includes specialists from outside osteopathy who bring experience of other professions and practice.

Teaching areas

The range of topics covered on the part-time course mirrors those taught on the full-time course. The key difference is the way these are delivered: the part-time M.Ost is based on a 'blended learning' format, mixing class contact with interactive resources for you to access remotely.

Academic

Students will gain foundation knowledge of physiology, anatomy, psychology, sociology, research strategies and professional practice. At the same time, practical classes develop the techniques and skills required to work with patients.

A Developing Osteopathic Practice (DOP) unit brings  the theoretical knowledge  and practical skills to life in case-based sessions, allowing students to apply ytheir learning to osteopathic clinical situations.

Clinical education starts from the first term of the first year, with your observation of osteopathic practice. As your knowledge and skills develop, so will your responsibility for the decision making, management and treatment of patients. 

Clinical

Students will spend a large amount of their final years in the clinical setting of the BSO clinic - the largest osteopathic clinic in Europe - and in our elective, specialist clinics on and off site working with specialist patient groups. Over the duration of the course students will have received over 1,000 hours of clinical teaching.

Students will also complete a dissertation focused on an area of interest which they want to explore and research further.

For more information download the Course Information Form

Course structure and timetable

Studying for our M.Ost takes five years of part-time attendance including:

  • 20 weekends each year between late September and early July
  • Five week days of clinic observation each year in the first three years
  • Incrementally increased numbers of hours in the clinic in years four and five
    • One day of clinical practice during each week in Year 4 and five block weeks
    • One and a half days of clinical practice during each week in Year 5 and four block weeks

Although contact time typically takes place at the weekend, students are also expected to undertake scheduled reading, preparation and independent study from home. Electronic resources are available to support this and the course leader and other teaching staff can be contacted during the week for guidance and support.

This course begins in September.

Click here to view the part-time M.Ost timetable in full.

Entry requirements

A typical offer is outlined below:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A–C including mathematics and English language
  • 3 A levels to include biology and one other science, which can include chemistry, physics, psychology, PE or a sports A level with a high scientific content
  • Students with A Levels are typically given the following offer: BBC with a B grade in Biology

We also accept a Level three BTEC with a strong science element to the diploma. A typical offer is: Distinction, Merit, Merit (with a Distinction in the biology unit)

An Access programme allied to medicine will also gain entry onto our M.Ost programmes, please enquire with the admissions team for further details.

We encourage applications from mature candidates and/or those with a non-standard educational background and we can credit work and life experience. If you have a non-standard qualification, please check your eligibility for study here.

Personal qualities

Being a good osteopath is about more than just academic ability and relies on a portfolio of skills and personal qualities. As a part-time student, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to commit to a demanding course. Your personal statement is important in allowing us to assess whether you will have the personal qualities required to be a successful osteopath.

You must be able to:

  • Collate and reflect on learning
  • Link knowledge from different academic areas e.g. the biological and psychological models of pain
  • Commit to providing first class care to patients
  • Communicate effectively with people from all walks of life
  • Work independently and develop self-directed learning skills
  • Work effectively in groups
  • Problem-solve, synthesise knowledge and help others to learn
  • Commit to continually refining the manual skills central to osteopathy
  • Understand and adhere to the professional regulations under which osteopathy operates

What if you don't meet the requirements?

If you would like to join the M.Ost course but don't currently meet the minimum requirements we offer two courses which will help to prepare you for study at this level.

Our Introduction to Osteopathic Science (IOS) course is designed for potential M.Ost students who have proven academic achievement but who lack a solid grounding in the sciences. It is taught mostly on weekends over 5-6 weeks and is free to students who have provisionally be offered a place on the M.Ost. Find out more about the IOS course.

For students who need a greater level of academic preparation we offer an Access to HE course. Taught part-time over the course of a year, it is designed to give those who need it the right foundation knowledge to continue on to further study on our M.Ost course. Students who successfully complete it are usually guaranteed a place on the M.Ost for the following year. Find out more about the Access course.

Our course leaders and Admissions team will be able to advise you on the best route for you.

More information and how to apply

word Download the M.Ost (5 years part -time) application form

For more information, please contact the BSO's friendly admissions team on +44 (0)20 7089 5316 or email admissions@bso.ac.uk.

You can also find out more about becoming an Osteopath here.