Understand what keeps a body healthy and what happens in states of disease, learning to diagnose and treat not only the site of pain, but the whole person with your expert skill as an Osteopath. This four-year integrated Master's degree is designed for undergraduate entry. It is a pre-registration Master's, enabling you to become a registered Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council.
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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 minimum 18D
Or T level M
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
UCAS institution code P63
Duration Four years full-time or six years part-time - all part-time students must go full-time in years five and six
Osteopathy is system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. Osteopaths focus on total body health and work with the structure and function of the body to affect the musculoskeletal framework. The principle is based on the well-being of an individual depending on the integrated function of all the body’s components.
Following your comprehensive training, you will have a deep understanding about the anatomy of the body from how muscles, joints and bones work, and a comprehensive understanding of physiology, neurology and pathology. This helps you understand what keeps a body healthy and what happens in states of disease, you will be qualified and able to assess, diagnose and treat not only the site of pain, but the whole person with your expert skill set.
All osteopaths in the UK are regulated by the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession and only graduates that hold a qualification like our Osteopathic Medicine degree from an institute recognised by the General Osteopathic Council, like Marjon, are permitted by law to practise as an Osteopath.
Subject to a disclosure and barring check on completion of our four year integrated Master's Osteopathic Medicine you will qualify as a registered Osteopath. We are the only university in the South West to offer an Osteopathic Master's course which is fully accredited by the General Osteopathic Council.
During the Master's Osteopathic Medicine you will engage in over 1000 hours of clinical practice and observation this will take place in our state of the art sports centre that houses out Osteopathy Clinic. The majority of these hours will take place in years three and four when you will be treating patients under the supervision of our expert tutors who are there to help, support and educate you in the clinical environment. This is the time to put in to practice all the skills, technique, knowledge you have gained over the previous two years and develop yourself as an Osteopath.
What is osteopathy is something that people ask me quite frequently, and the best way to think about it or explain it is we are a holistic manual therapy. Okay? So we use our hands to treat people. We don't prescribe drugs or medicines or anything like that, but we look at the whole person and the whole body. So we really want to know information about their life, how they're doing, what they've been doing, what their problem is, and how we might be able to help and treat that. Majority of the work we do is within musculoskeletal medicine and in order to be an osteopath in the UK, you need to go to one of the nine institutes that are registered with the General Osteopathic Council. In order to be registered, these institutes Marjon is one of you have to fulfil the criteria that is in the OPS which is the osteopathic practise standards and the GOPRE, which is the guidance for pre-registered osteopathic education. Our programme is four years long, it's integrated masters which you will enter at undergraduate level so after your A-levels or equivalents and then you progress through the four years and when you leave you'll be a registered osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council, which means you can call yourself an osteopath and practise in the UK and many other countries as well. So at Marjon we fulfil all the criteria required from the General Osteopathic Council and we're also looking at how we can fulfil the criteria required from the Advanced Clinical Practitioner and the FCP, which is the first contact practitioner ships. These are NHS based initiatives which allow multidisciplinary practitioners to work within the NHS. At the moment we're looking at how we integrate these four pillars, which are clinical practise, leadership and management, research and education within the programme to allow that to be easy transferable skills between private practise and within the NHS.
I already work in allied health field and I've worked with Osteopath for many years and basically been wanting to learn to do this for a long time. I find the course really, really interesting. From Year one until now. I'm in the third year and obviously now that we're seeing patients, it's all bringing everything together. Practical experience is really beneficial.
I'm a sports massage therapist and I've run a business since I was 20 and I decided I wanted to progress and osteopathy seemed like the right kind of thing. I like and wanted to get been more into exercise and, and rehab and, and further with my manual therapy and osteopathy had a wide whole body of purchase. What I'm looking for and I really liked, which is why I chose that over physio and chiropractor. I'd like to stay in England for at least for a year and hopefully work in the clinic. I'm working at the moment and then I'm hoping to progress and to move to some places in Europe and maybe work some sports teams and then progress with pain clinics and stuff as it goes from there. So that's my plan because you get so much more one to one really, and group sizes are small. It's lovely being in like a small classroom setting. I like it a lot
and I've always had an interest in health care. I've worked in the NHS and been a personal trainer for 20 years and I looked into other courses like chiropractic physio, and this one just stood out for me because of one the location two the level of knowledge and the way that the osteopathic course itself was presented in terms of the way that it looks at the body as a whole. It's something I've always believed in my career, hence why I'm here. I actually like the fact that it's a slightly smaller, more tight knit community because you get a level of care that you potentially wouldn't at big a university is you don't just become another number and a face lost in the crowd. I love the the attention that you actually get from staff in all areas. I think it's fantastic. The heavy, practical element was really, really good, especially from myself. I'm quite practical learner. I can't sit in lectures I'm not that great at them. And so much like anything, you know, it doesn't matter what you know, it's how well you apply it and that practical element really, really helps with that. I already know where I'm going. I've got a vacancy in a clinic in Exeter, near to where I live, so I'm going to spend most of my time then potentially set up my own online business at the same time.
Accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)
Incredible multidisciplinary teaching team including osteopaths, physiotherapists, psychologists, physiologists, and bio-scientists
Conduct your Master's project in our state-of-the-art biomechanics, physiology or strength and conditioning labs with expert support from the teaching team
Full university experience at a fantastic campus with on-site accommodation
Innovative small business management module readies you for the non-clinical side of private practice
The only university in the South West offering Osteopathy
“ In first year we start to learn the knowledge that will be our foundation going forwards, like our anatomy, but we also start to develop our osteopathic skill through palpation. The second year really builds on that and teaches us to look at the factors that affect our treatment. This goes from underlying conditions to the importance of good nutrition so that we have a well-rounded understanding of health and wellbeing, all before starting our clinical placement. Our third year is when we start to treat members of the public in the Marjon Osteopathy Clinic and is the time when we get to put all of the information that we've learnt up so far into practice, while still learning about becoming an osteopath. The fourth year is when we spend the most of our time in the Marjon Osteopathy Clinic, developing as practitioners that can begin to manage clinical uncertainties before we enter the wider world of osteopathic practice.”
“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.”
“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.”
“ There are opportunities 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…[and] will allow Osteopathy students to experience a wide range of approaches to treatments in sports and health sciences.”
On completion of M.Ost. Master of Osteopathic Medicine you'll be able to register as an Osteopath with the General Osteopathic Council. Osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession in the United Kingdom.
Osteopathy is a rewarding patient centred career that focuses on the whole patient. The career pathway is primarily private practice with many Osteopaths running their own clinics there is an increasing provision of osteopathy with in the NHS including GP practices and community health centres.
GOsC regulates osteopaths in the UK. A degree is recognised by GOsC, which means that graduates are permitted by law to practise as an Osteopath.
Includes a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. You will be taught by a multidisciplinary teaching team, who pull strength and knowledge from varied backgrounds and professional roles.
A wide range of assessments including essays, practical exams, written exams, competency exams with real patients and presentations.
Course leaderView full profile
John is a qualified Osteopath and is a qualified Acupuncturist, Sonographer, Nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and advanced rehabilitation specialist. Following severe damage to axillary nerves in his shoulders John developed Actively Intelligent Rehabilitation (AIR), a complete health care system that considers the patient's nutritional needs, physical rehabilitation needs, acute and chronic pain management and strength and reconditioning needs as part of their treatment plan.
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Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Placement LeadView profile
Sherrie is a Chartered Physiotherapist in both UK and Kong Kong and an accredited member of the Acupuncture Association of Chartered Physiotherapists. She has over twenty years extensive clinical experience in NHS and private sectors. She is passionate in clinical teaching and research support evidence-based practice in healthcare. She specialises in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation. She is currently studying for a PhD sponsored by the University Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust about vision and balance changes in Cataract patients receiving lens replacement surgery.
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.
Lecturer PractionerView profile
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.
Associate ProfessorView profile
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.
Associate ProfessorView profile
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.
Gary is an Honorary Associate Professor for the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust where he conducts research in back pain and nerve biomechanics. He is a practising chartered physiotherapist and brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis including diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
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