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M.Ost (4 years, full-time)

students in a technique class

The Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) course is an integrated four-year full-time undergraduate qualification which will provide you with the necessary skills and experitise to become a practicing osteopath. It has Recognised Qualification (RQ) status which will allow you to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) following successful completion of the course.

Over the four years of study you will build your academic knowledge, practical skills and clinical expertise, as well developing your judgement, problem-solving and independent working skills. All students will gain extensive experience of working with and treating a wide variety of patients through the BSO Clinic under the supervision of highly-experienced and qualified osteopaths and teaching staff.

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

Years 1 & 2:

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 their 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. 

Years 3 & 4:

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.

In the final year of the course there is an opportunity to study practice specialisms at a more advanced level. These areas of specialism may include options such as paediatric osteopathy, osteopathy and the care of expectant mothers, osteopathy and the care of the elderly, osteopathy and sports injuries, caring for people living with HIV and AIDS, caring for patients with complex psychosocial needs, and the management of people with chronic pain. These subjects are introduced in years 2 or 3 to allow you to make an informed choice for your in-depth study in year 4. 

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

Academic 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. 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

Applications to the full-time M.Ost course must be made through UCAS. Find out more about the application process and becoming an osteopath.

For more information about the course and how to apply please contact the BSO's friendly admissions team on +44 (0)20 7089 5316 or at admissions@bso.ac.uk