Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)

Osteopathic Medicine Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John) Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of St Mark and St John, Plymouth


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This four-year integrated Master’s degree is designed for undergraduate entry, enabling you to become an accredited practising Osteopath upon completion. Osteopathy is a manual medicine that focuses on total body health by treating and strengthening the musculoskeletal framework, including joints, muscles and the spine. An osteopath practices manual techniques on the neuromusculoskeletal system, and reviews relevant psychological and social factors in their diagnosis.

Why this course at Marjon?
• Accredited by the General Osteopathic Council.
• The only university in the South West offering Osteopathy.
• A minimum of 1,000 hours of clinical training to prepare you for a confident start to your career.
• State-of-the-art laboratories for musculoskeletal biomechanics, health and exercise clinical assessment and research.
• Core disciplines such as anatomy, physiology, pathology, pharmacology, nutrition, and biomechanics.

What might I become?
This course will enable you to become a GOsC Registered Osteopath upon graduation. In the United Kingdom, osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession. Only graduates from a degree course that is approved by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are permitted by law to practise as osteopath. Osteopathy is a rewarding career. 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.

Find out more at Open Day
Open Day is your opportunity to find out more about studying Osteopathic Medicine at Marjon. You’ll meet lecturers and look around our world class Sport & Health Centre. Our student life talks will help you prepare to go to university, covering topics such as careers, funding, sport and our award winning on-campus student support service. You can also take a tour of the campus with a current student and find out about the student-led clubs and societies.

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Why study at Marjon?
• Awarded SILVER Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
• High quality teaching Ranked No 1 in England for teaching quality in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Joint 12th in UK for Student Satisfaction as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.
• Top 10 in the UK for student experience as ranked by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019*.
• 5th in UK for Courses and Lecturers in the Whatuni Student Choice Awards (WUSCA) 2019.

*Rankings published 23 September 2018. Oxford and Cambridge excluded due to low response rates. Based on National Student Survey 2018

Course details


David - First year, Osteopathy;

In our first year we’re learning about lumbar and lower limb anatomy; how the nervous system works; biomechanics; and high velocity manipulations. 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.

1st Year
Engaging with learning: Professional and personal development
Human physiology & functional anatomy
Osteopathic skills
Biochemistry & biophysics
Personal & professional development
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
Osteopathic skills

3rd Year
Pharmacology and toxicology
Osteopathic skills
Osteopathic evaluation and therapeutics
Entrepreneurship & small business management
Clinical practice

4th Year
Managing clinical uncertainty
Clinical practice
Master's project

Assessment method

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

Professional bodies

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

  • General Osteopathic Council

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code 24M4
Institution code P63
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points Excluding General Studies. To include a Biology or Biology related subject.
A level BBC Excluding General Studies. To include a Biology or Biology related subject.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM with at least 6 specialist units in Biology and Science or a combination of BTEC Level 3 grades
We will accept triple grades achieved from a combination of other BTEC qualifications
Access to HE Diploma Achieve 30-42 level 3 credits at merit/distinction with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Distinction
To include some Biology or Biology related credits
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE English Language Grade C or 4 or above or an acceptable equivalent qualification and GCSE Mathematics Grade C or 4 or above

Other Level 3 qualifications will be considered

Additional entry requirements

Criminal records declaration (DBS/Disclosure Scotland)


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £11,000 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Provider information

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Plymouth Marjon University (St Mark & St John)
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