This full-time undergraduate programme equips students with the underpinning knowledge, hands-on experience and multidisciplinary teamwork needed to be a competent osteopath, and will enable graduating students to apply to the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) for registration and begin professional practice.

Over the duration of the course you will complete a minimum of 1,000 supervised clinical hours in the UCO Clinic and its specialist and community clinics. Clinical education starts from the first term of the first year with observation of osteopathic practice, and as your knowledge and skills develop you will have increasing responsibility for the decision making, management and treatment of patients. You will be supported by experienced clinical faculty members who are all practising osteopaths.

You will also have the opportunity to develop a variety of skills that will be needed as a fully-qualified osteopath working in primary health care, and can plan your own learning programme covering a range of aspects of professional life, including the ability critically to assess research, journal papers, lectures and presentations.

The UCO has been granted a Silver Award as part of the Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF).

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Key course features

  • Interaction with patients in a clinical setting begins in the first year.
  • Students have access to an unrivalled variety of patients through the UCO Clinic, caring for a wide range of patients from diverse backgrounds and demographics.
  • Students will also work in our award-winning specialist and community clinics treating specific patient groups including babies and children, oder patients, NHS patients, sports people, people living with HIV and homeless patients. This provides a broader level of clinical experience and also introduces students to potential areas of future specialism. In the final year of the course there is an oppotunity to explore practice specialisms at a more advanced level.
  • Students are taught and supervised by experienced, qualified professionals with specialist knowledge and expertise. Tutor/student ratios are kept low - typically one tutor to 10 students in practical classes, and one tutor to every four students in clinic. 
  • The M.Ost provides the foundations for setting up a practice, covering business skills, medico-legal issues, marketing and financial information. 
  • The course strongly supports evidence-informed practice and theacademic and clinical content of the course are underpinned by scholarship and research undertaken at the UCO.
  • Students have access to the UCO's online learning environment and Anatomy TV.

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grades A-C, including Mathematics and English Language
  • Three A Levels (or equivalent qualifications - see the Course Information Form available to download from this page for more details) which include Biology and one other science. A typical offer is three A Levels at grades BBC, normally with a B in Biology.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate fluency in written and spoken English equivalent to an IELTS score of 6.5 or above.
  • Applicants will be invited to attend an Interview & Evaluation Day where they will participate in practical tasks and an interview.

The UCO is committed to a policy of inclusion, actively seeking to widen participation and to increase opportunities for high-calibre students with the aptitude and potential to undertake a degree in osteopathy. Students from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds, UCO-leavers, mature ‘second career’ applicants and students with a range of seen and unseen disabilities are all warmly welcomed. Every application to the UCO is considered on its own merits.

Careers & employability

  • Graduates may progress on to further study at postgraduate level at the UCO or other educational institutions. The UCO currently offers a range of postgraduate certificates designed to support graduate development and career specialisation.
  • The majority of graduates go on to register with GOsC and work as self employed osteopaths. However there are also opportunities to work within multidisciplinary environments within bigger healthcare practices and the NHS.
  • Graduates may also wish to pursue areas of specialism, working with specific client groups such as children, sports people or animals.
  • With further experience graduates may also move into osteopathic education or research.

Course structure & delivery

The M.Ost full-time programme is structured as a 'spiral curriculum', with students revisiting the same topics throughout the degree, with the subject matter increasing in complexity and reinforcing previous learning.

The course is divided into four phases:

  • Novice, where you begin to develop a sound foundation for being an osteopath and primary care practitioner. You will acquire basic knowledge and skills; understand the patient in context and how they are able to adapt to challenges in their environment; grasp the conceptual basis of osteopathy; and appreciate the challenges associated with being an osteopath
  • Advanced Beginner, where your knowledge and skills are further developed, consolidated and integrated to provide a secure basis for your developing clinical work
  • Competent, where you focus on integrating a range of new and previously acquired knowledge and skills in order to understand how the person functions holistically
  • Proficient, where you are given an opportunity to take your clinical skills to a much deeper level.

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.

A detailed overview of the course structure, including the level and credit weighting of each unit as you progress through the course, can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Module information

More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Assessment & feedback

The course is assessed through both summative and formative assessments including:

  • presentations
  • reflective essays
  • online assessments
  • development of a learning portfolio
  • case studies
  • practical and clinical examinations

More information can be found in the Course Information Form available to download from this page.

Mode of study


Dates & duration

September start, 4 years


University College of Osteopathy
275 Borough High Street
London SE1 1JE

Awarding body

University College of Osteopathy

Professional body accreditation

The Integrated Masters in Osteopathy has Recognised Qualification status with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and will enable you to apply to join the GOsC register on successful completion of the course.

Support for students

The UCO has a dedicated Student Support team who are on hand to provide advice and guidance on a range of issues, including learning and welfare, budgeting and finance, disability and dyslexia, pastoral care, bereavement and personal issues, as well as counselling. Find out more.

Costs & financial support

The tuition fee for Home and EU students for the 2019-20 academic year (2019 entry) on this course is £9,250; for international students and those who are eligible to be charged ‘Overseas’ fees it is £11,100. More details on course fees, discounts and payment plans for this course can be found on our course fees page. 

Students should be aware that there may be some additional costs to consider. 

The UCO provides financial support to students in exceptional hardship. Details can be found on our Financial Support page.

How to apply

Applications for the M.Ost full-time course must be made online via the UCAS website

To apply you will need to do the following:

  1. Register with UCAS (make a note of your login details)
  2. Complete your application form. Filling in the application form is not a difficult process but it may take some time to complete - there is a save and return option which allows you to complete your form in stages.
  3. Specifiy your course choices. To apply for the UCO's M.Ost full-time course you will need to provide our institution and course code as follows: Institution code: B87, Course code: B110
  4. You can apply for more than one course. The UCAS application fee for courses starting in 2019 is £18 if you’re applying to just one course, or £24 for multiple courses, and for late applications sent after 30 June. If you are applying for a course that starts in 2020, the application fee is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £25 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June 2020.
  5. Submit your application.
  6. Once you have submitted your application UCAS will forward it to us.

If you have any questions please contact us at or call +44 (0)20 7089 5316.


Please note that while the University College of Osteopathy makes every effort to run courses as advertised, courses are subject to change or cancellation if enrolment targets are not met. 

Courses are typically approved for a period of five years from the point of approval to the point of periodic course review. During this period it may be identified that modifications to a course would enhance the provision. As part of this process current students shall be consulted on any proposed change and current and prospective students shall be notified of any change.


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