Osteopathy at University College of Osteopathy - UCAS

Course summary

The University College of Osteopathy has been a leading provider of osteopathic education for over 100 years. We are currently the only Osteopathic Educational Institution in the UK to hold University College title and with the power to award our own degrees. Our integrated M.Ost degree is delivered over four years on a full-time basis, and equips students with the underpinning knowledge, practical skills and clinical experience to become highly competent patient-centred practitioners. On successful completion, students are able to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and begin professional practice as an Osteopath. As part of the course, all students typically complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours at our central London teaching clinic which serves a diverse range of patients. The UCO Clinic offers our student osteopaths an opportunity to work with patients from all walks of life, including babies and children, expectant mothers, older patients, NHS patients, people living with HIV, and patients with sports injuries. Students are often taught in small groups to ensure they benefit from staff expertise – typically, practical classes have a ratio of one tutor to every twelve students, while in clinic there is one tutor to every four students. We support an evidence-informed approach to our teaching, learning and patient care, and have an active research department who are regularly published in journals and invited to speak at conferences around the world. Our graduates make up approximately 41% of registered and practicing osteopaths in the UK+, working at the forefront of the profession in a number of different fields. 90% of UCO graduates are in employment six months after graduating.++ UCO alumni work across a range of areas, including working with professional sports people such as the British Cycling and GB Olympic teams; collaborating with humanitarian organisations and providing osteopathy to new regions around the world; leading developments in osteopathic education and research; and occupying significant positions within the osteopathic and wider healthcare community. Based in London, the UCO combines the benefits of studying in a big city with a small and friendly learning community. Our student population is diverse, from college leavers to mature learners, and we attract students from across the UK, Europe and further afield. There is lots of interaction between year groups both in clinic and socially, and our more experienced students provide a fantastic informal support network for those new to the UCO. Our Student Support team are available to support students during their time with us, and our alumni network provides ongoing mentoring, advice and opportunities to our graduates as they embark on their professional careers. +General Osteopathic Council Register 2019 ++ HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017-8 Open Data


You will complete a number of units at each year of study focusing on five key areas: Professionalism, The Functioning Human, Patient Care, Research and Enquiry, Being an Osteopath.

Assessment method

The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including: • presentations • essays • online assessments • development of a learning portfolio • case studies • examinations • research activities • practical and clinical examinations

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • General Osteopathic Council

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

All applications are considered individually taking into account certificated evidence of key skills and a range of other qualifications.

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)

Students will be required to undertake a DBS check during the enrolment process. Overseas and International students will need to provide a DBS.

Health checks

All students will need to complete a health questionnaire during the first week of term.


If your application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an interview at the University College. All students that have or are working towards the right qualifications who submit a full application with strong personal statements will be invited to attend an interview. For those students that are currently overseas there is an opportunity to complete the interview via Skype.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6.5Studying in a foreign language can be very demanding. International students will need to provide proof of English Language proficiency.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £11250* Year 1
EU £11250* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
International £11250* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

* Please note: the UCO’s tuition fees are charged to students on an academic year/annual basis and, depending on a student’s fee status and the applicable fee regime, will be subject to annual increases throughout the duration of the course. Students should be aware that there may be some additional costs to consider. Please see our website for up-to-date information on our course fees, discounts, payment plans, additional costs, and read our Tuition Fee Policy at https://www.uco.ac.uk/course-fees.

Sponsorship information

There is a variety of financial support students on our programmes can access. Further Information on the different types of financial support available to students, as well as the eligibility criteria, can be accessed at https://www.uco.ac.uk/life-uco/student-support/financial-support

Osteopathy at University College of Osteopathy - UCAS