M.Ost. Master of Osteopathic Medicine (Undergraduate Pre-registration Master)24M4

    Course Overview

    Duration: 4 years full-time or 6 years part-time
  • 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. An osteopath practices manual techniques on the neuro-musculoskeletal system using holistic and patient-centered approaches. 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.

    This is a 4 year integrated master degree is designed for undergraduate entry, during which you will study core disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, biomechanics and osteopathic techniques.

    In addition you will undertake a minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training, primarily during year three and four of the programme. Our Osteopathy Clinic, managed by Active Intelligent Rehab (AIR) is based at our state-of-the-art sports centre and this is where our students undertake their placements. This centre is also home to our biomechanics and physiology laboratories which feature a range of highly advanced equipment for musculoskeletal biomechanics, health and exercise clinical assessment and research. Our course is recognised by General Osteopathic Council (GOsC), meaning our graduates are eligible to apply for registration with them.

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All modules are compulsory:

1st Year
  • Engaging with learning: Professional and personal development
  • Human physiology & functional anatomy
  • Osteopathic skills I
  • Biochemistry & biophysics
  • Personal & professional development I
  • Musculoskeletal biomechanics
2nd Year
  • Research methods & analysis in sport, physical activity & health sciences
  • Pathophysiology of non-communicable diseases
  • Clinical differential diagnosis
  • Nutrition, health & disease
  • Personal and professional development II
  • Osteopathic skills II
3rd Year
  • Pharmacology and toxicology
  • Osteopathic skills III
  • Osteopathic evaluation and therapeutics
  • Entrepreneurship & small business management
  • Clinical practice 1


4th Year
  • Managing clinical uncertainty
  • Osteopathic clinical practice II
  • Master project

Entry Requirements & Fees

Career Opportunities

In the United Kingdom, osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession. Only graduates from a degree course that is recognised by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are permitted by law to practise as an osteopath.

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.

Course Leader

This course is led by Associate Professor Dr Gary Shum, who brings a wealth of experience in sports and musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis. He is supported by a team of expert health scientists who draw on rich experience of osteopathic medicine in the UK and beyond.