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M.Ost. Master of Osteopathic Medicine (Undergraduate Pre-registration Master's)

Become a professional Osteopath with 1000 hours of clinical training.

Accredited by the General Osteopathic Council

2020 entry requirements

Three A-levels at grades BBC or above including Biology or a related subject.

Or BTEC triple grades DMM or above (with at least 6 specialist units in Biology and Science or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades).

Or Access 30-42 with 18D.

And GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4 or grade C or above

Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis. An interview is required.

UCAS points 112

UCAS code 24M4

Duration 4 years full-time or 6 years part-time

How to apply for this course

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Course Summary

Osteopathy is a manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, including joints, muscles and the spine. It is complementary to other medical practices.

In the United Kingdom, osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession. Only graduates from a degree that is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are permitted by law to practise as an osteopath Our osteopathic medicine degree is recognised by the GOsC meaning that our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with them. It is a four year pre-registration Integrated Master's degree, for undergraduate entry.

You'll become competent in assessing and treating musculoskeletal disorders including diagnosis and treatment of lumbar spine, thoracic spine and lower limb disorders, cervical spine and upper limb disorders, with an understanding of how to treat paediatric and geriatric patients, and everyone inbetween.

An osteopath practices manual techniques on the neuro-musculoskeletal system using holistic and patient-centered approaches. You'll get hands-on experience with a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training, primarily during year three and four, at our on-site Osteopathy Clinic. A core principle behind osteopathy is the idea that the body is an integrated and indivisible whole, and contains self-regulating and self-healing mechanisms that can be utilised as part of the treatment. Relevant psychological and social factors also form part of the process of patient diagnosis.

Why this course at Marjon?

1000+ hours clinical experience at our on-site student-led Osteopathy Clinic.

Learn from a multidisciplinary team including osteopaths, physiotherapists, psychologists, physiologists and bio-scientists.

Placement opportunities with NHS commissioned osteopathy services.

Conduct your Masters project in our state-of-the-art Biomechanics and Physiology laboratories.

Innovative small business management module readies you for the non-clinical side of private practice.

Full university experience at a fantastic campus with on-site accommodation.

Students say...

Georgia Slater

“I really enjoy the practical elements of the course which are giving me invaluable experience. The support from tutors is outstanding and help is always available. The on-site clinic has provided me with a safe but professional environment to learn and progress in.”

Rob Herd

“The practical application of osteopathic techniques in the third year has brought the whole course together. My knowledge has grown significantly on this course, alongside my confidence. Seeing positive patient outcomes in the clinic makes it all worthwhile.”

The opportunities within the faculty and University for students to access an extensive range of specialist industry standard resources and facilities, especially in the areas of sports and rehabilitative therapy... An extensive array of physiological and rehabilitative facilities exist within the faculty… will allow osteopathy students to experience a wide range of approaches to treatments in sports and health sciences.
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What might you become?

You will be entitled to register as an osteopath through GoSC upon graduation.Osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession in the United Kingdom. Osteopathy is a rewarding career which focuses on manual therapy techniques. The career path is primarily private practice upon GOsC registration and there is an increasing provision of osteopathy via the NHS within GP practices and community health centres.

Accredited by:

The General Osteopathic Council

Modules for this course

Course Snapshot

"In our first year we’re learning about lumbar and lower limb anatomy; how the nervous system works and biomechanics. We’re also learning academic research skills. In the second year we’ll learn about thoracic and upper limb biomechanics and gain more clinical practice. The third year is a lot more clinical practice and, among other modules, we’ll learn business skills so we know how to market ourselves and possibly start up our own business."
David - First year, Osteopathic Medicine


1st Year

Engaging with learning: Professional and personal development
Human physiology & functional anatomy
Learn core knowledge and practical skills of anatomy and physiology.
Osteopathic skills I
Learn core skills including diagnosis and treatment of lumbar spine, thoracic spine and lower limb disorders.
Biochemistry & biophysics
Introduces basic biochemistry & biophysics skills including muscle physiology, diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
Personal & professional development I
Learn core theories and skills of osteopathy including subjective and objective examinations and general techniques.
Musculoskeletal biomechanics
Develop the core knowledge of normal and pathological biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.

2nd Year

Research methods & analysis in sport, physical activity & health sciences
Develop a research proposal for your Master's project in Year 4.
Pathophysiology of non-communicable diseases
Learn about different non-communicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors.
Clinical differential diagnosis
Learn how to identify the root causes of different disorders such as sciatica or referred upper limb pain.
Nutrition, health & disease
Explore the topics of nutrition and health supplements.
Personal and professional development II
Further your training by exploring theories of osteopathy and general osteopathy techniques including cranial sacral therapy.
Osteopathic skills II
Learn core skills of osteopathy including diagnosis and treatment of cervical spine and upper limb disorders.

3rd Year

Pharmacology and toxicology
Osteopathic skills III
Learn core skills of osteopathy including diagnosis and treatment in the area of paediatrics and osteopathy visceral manipulation.
Osteopathic evaluation and therapeutics
Explore more complicated disorders (e.g. psychosocial stress) and evidence based practice.
Entrepreneurship & small business management
This unique module will equip you for your private practice upon graduation.
Clinical practice 1
Treat real patients in our on-site osteopathy clinic (400 hours) under clinical supervision by registered osteopaths.

4th Year

Managing clinical uncertainty
Learn to manage and identify the more complicated clinical cases.
Clinical practice II
Treat real patients in our on-site osteopathy clinic (450 hours) under clinical supervision by registered osteopaths.
Master's project
Conduct your chosen Master level research project.

Fees and funding

Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum

Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum

Additional costs:

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check - around £50
  • Clinic uniform (tunic) - around £30; all clinical equipment required during your studies will be provided by the University.

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

Includes a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, from a multidisciplinary teaching team.

How will you be assessed?

A wide range of assessments including essays, practical exams, written exams, competency exams with real patients and presentations.

Course leader

Professor Gary Shum

Gary is also an Honorary Professor at Princess Elizabeth Orthopaedic Centre of Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where he researches back pain and nerve biomechanics. Gary is a practising chartered physiotherapist and brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis. His research interests in musculoskeletal rehabilitation and diagnostic ultrasound imaging are supported by national and international research grants.

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Sherrie Choy


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Sherrie is a Chartered Physiotherapist and a member of the Acucpuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists (AACP). She is an experienced lecturer and has held various positions as senior physiotherapist in the NHS, specialising in pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care and early orthopedic rehabilitation in the community. Her research interest is musculoskeletal injury management and exercise prescription for chronic disease groups.

John Downey


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John is an exercise specialist with an interest in lifestyle behaviour change and health services evaluation. He holds an MSc in Preventive Cardiology and REPS accredited qualifications in exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation.

John Evans


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John is a qualified Osteopath and is a qualified Acupuncturist, Sonographer, Nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and advanced rehabilitation specialist. Out of his own experience of nerve damage, John developed a complete health care system that takes into account the patient's pain and needs spanning nutrition, physical rehabilitation, acute and chronic pain management, fitness and strength and reconditioning.

Stephanie Evans


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Stephanie is a qualified Osteopath who supports a varied patient base; her areas of expertise include technique, physiology, pharmacology of common drugs, a best practice approach to treating babies and woman’s health.

Kieron Kerr

Osteopathy Lecturer

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Kieron is a qualified Osteopath who has worked in established clinics across the country as well as running his own successful clinic; he has special interests in biomechanics and working with patients with chronic pain.

Dr Joseph Layden

Senior Lecturer

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Joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology and researches health care interventions, physiology and metabolism. He previously worked as an Occupational Physiologist and Researcher for the UK Ministry of Defence and the Netherlands National Research Office.

Dr Alister McCormick

Senior Lecturer

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Alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. His main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

Charles Peers

Guest lecturer - Osteopathy

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Charles is a practising Osteopath and has drwan on his extensive experience to advise the General Osteopathic Council and Institute of Osteopathy on matters related to osteopathic provision within the NHS.

More information

Additional course costs

  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced check - around £50
  • Clinic uniform (tunic) - around £30
  • All clinical equipment required during your studies will be provided by the University.

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