Our integrated Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) degree is delivered over four years on a full-time basis, or five years on a part-time basis, and equips students with all the skills they require to become practicing osteopaths.
The M.Ost builds students’ academic knowledge and practical skills and provides them with extensive clinical experience through the UCO Clinic. On successful completion, students are able to register with the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) and begin professional practice.
UCO graduates are equipped to effectively and confidently employ a range of approaches to patient care, including a diverse range of manipulative techniques to modify body function through the musculoskeletal system, education to help patients better understand and adapt to their circumstances and advice to support changes to lifestyles that might be contributing to their condition. Our programmes enable graduates to work with other health care practitioners to ensure best care for their patients, recognising the limits of their expertise and the importance of collaboration with colleagues and other healthcare professionals for the benefit of patients.
Undergraduates complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours through the UCO Clinic as part of their training, beginning with clinic observations and working towards managing their own patient lists in their final years.
Students have access to an unrivalled variety of patients through our busy osteopathic clinic and award-winning community clinics, giving them a strong foundation for life in practice, and allowing them to explore and develop areas of specialist interest.
"Due to its location and facilities we get a good stream of folk to put our skills and knowledge to use before stepping out into the big wide world." ~ Vivien, M.Ost part-time student.
For students who are not yet ready to undertake a full undergraduate degree we also offer a number of foundation courses to help prepare for study at this level.
These include our Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences (IOS) course for potential students who may meet the general academic requirements but lack a solid grounding in the sciences, and our Access to Higher Education Diploma which provides a broader foundation for students who come from a non-academic backgroung or have been out of education for some time.