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Small community, big city

At the UCO we pride ourselves on bringing together all the benefits of a small institution with the excitement and opportunities of London city living.

We treat all our students as individuals and we offer you high contact time with tutors, clinical experience and formal and informal support to make sure you get the most from your studies and prepare you for your future career.

UCO students chatting in library

An immersive learning experience

We know how valuable the learning experience is for your future aspirations. UCO students have a full programme of lectures, classes and in-clinic experience. We deliberately keep contact time high and student/tutor ratios low (1:10 in practical classes and 1:4 in clinic). This is to ensure you get the most from your course and have a real sense of continual progress. The close contact time with your fellow students and staff members also fosters a great sense of community and provides an informal network that will support you through your studies and long into your career.

Time to let off steam

Of course, university life shouldn’t be all-work-and-no-play. UCO students enjoy an active social life both within the university college and outside it. Our Students' Union coordinate a range of extra-curricular activities, from parties in the SU bar to sports events or mindfulness sessions. When our students fancy a change of scenery, they can explore all that London has to offer. Voted best student city (QS Best Student Cities 2019), London has something for everyone. From a multicultural, international population to a thriving cultural scene, lively nightlife, a rich history and beautiful outdoor spaces.

"There's so much to do. Never thought I would do to university and end up going salsa dancing on a Monday night with classmates." ~ Kaitlin, M.Ost full-time student

Creating the health professionals of tomorrow

The end goal for all our students is to achieve a successful career. We work hard to ensure the time you spend with us is stimulating and enriching, providing you with the skills and experience you need to become a highly-competent, patient-led healthcare professional.

Student osteopaths consulting reference materials in clinic


We aim to furnish you with the theory and knowledge you need to make informed decisions when working with patients, as well as the clinical experience to safely and confidently treat them. Through our clinic, the largest of its kind in Europe, you will have the opportunity to develop their clinical skills in a real-life setting. Our students work with patients from a broad spectrum of society, including babies and young children, older people, homeless patients, people living with HIV, NHS patients and athletes.

Supporting our students with the transition into professional practice is important to us. In their final years, our students are provided with opportunities to begin to explore areas of future specialism, and to take part in exchange programmes, informal mentoring schemes, our ‘Beyond UCO’ careers event. Our Associate Clinic employment scheme provides our graduates with a stepping stone into professional practice within the familiar surroundings of the UCO Clinic. Our newly-qualified osteopaths also have the exclusive opportunity to join Neal’s Yard Remedies Covent Garden Therapy Rooms Graduate Clinic. 

41% of practicing osteopaths in the UK chose to train at the UCO (General Osteopathic Council, 2019)

What about employment opportunities?

As the oldest osteopathic educational education provider in the UK, and the only one to have been granted University College status to date, our established reputation goes a long way. UCO graduates are in high demand from employers and over 97% of our graduating students are in employment within six months of graduation (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2017). Graduates from the UCO have established themselves around the world as practitioners, specialists, and educators, and are contributing to conversations about osteopathy at a global level.

"It has the best reputation for turning out excellent clinical osteopaths" ~ Sophie, M.Ost part-time student

As a student of the UCO, you will be embarking on a rewarding, flexible and challenging career, and will be joining a network of osteopaths who are making a real difference to the development of the profession and the lives of the patients they work with. What are you waiting for?


Call us on 020 7089 5316 or come along to our next Open Day.