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          m.ost. master of osteopathic medicine (undergraduate pre-registration master's)

          become a registered osteopath with the general osteopathic council. we are the only university in the south west to offer an osteopathic master's course which is fully accredited by the general osteopathic council.

          you'll do 1000 hours clinical training and qualify to register as an osteopath

          entry requirements

          three a-levels at grades bbc or above including biology or a related subject.

          or btec triple grades dmm or above (with at least 6 specialist units in biology and science or a combination of btec level 3 grades).

          or access 30-42 with minimum 18d.

          and gcse english language and maths at grade 4 or grade c or above

          applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis. an interview is required.

          ucas points 112

          ucas code 24m4

          duration 4 years full-time or 6 years part-time

          how to apply for this course

          course summary

          osteopathy is system of diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of medical conditions. osteopaths focus on total body health and work with the structure and function of the body to affect the musculoskeletal framework. the principle is based on the well-being of an individual depending on the integrated function of all the body’s components.

          following your comprehensive training, you will have a deep understanding about the anatomy of the body from how muscles, joints and bones work, and a comprehensive understanding of physiology, neurology and pathology. this helps you understand what keeps a body healthy and what happens in states of disease, you will be qualified and able to assess, diagnose and treat not only the site of pain, but the whole person with your expert skill set.

          all osteopaths in the uk are regulated by the general osteopathic council. osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession and only graduates that hold a qualification like our osteopathic medicine degree from an institute recognised by the general osteopathic council, like marjon, are permitted by law to practise as an osteopath. subject to a disclosure and barring check on completion of our four year integrated master's osteopathic medicine you will qualify as a registered osteopath.

          during the master's osteopathic medicine you will engage in over 1000 hours of clinical practice and observation this will take place in our state of the art sports centre that houses out osteopathy clinic. the majority of these hours will take place in years three and four when you will be treating patients under the supervision of our expert tutors who are there to help, support and educate you in the clinical environment. this is the time to put in to practice all the skills, technique, knowledge you have gained over the previous two years and develop yourself as an osteopath.

          why this course at marjon?

          1000+ hours clinical experience at our on-site student-led osteopathy clinic.

          learn from a multidisciplinary team including osteopaths, physiotherapists, psychologists, physiologists and bio-scientists.

          placement opportunities with nhs commissioned osteopathy services.

          conduct your masters project in our state-of-the-art biomechanics and physiology laboratories.

          innovative small business management module readies you for the non-clinical side of private practice.

          full university experience at a fantastic campus with on-site accommodation.

          students say...

          georgia slater

          “i really enjoy the practical elements of the course which are giving me invaluable experience. the support from tutors is outstanding and help is always available. the on-site clinic has provided me with a safe but professional environment to learn and progress in.”

          rob herd

          “the practical application of osteopathic techniques in the third year has brought the whole course together. my knowledge has grown significantly on this course, alongside my confidence. seeing positive patient outcomes in the clinic makes it all worthwhile.”

          there are opportunities for students to access an extensive range of specialist industry standard resources and facilities, especially in the areas of sports and rehabilitative therapy... an extensive array of physiological and rehabilitative facilities exist within the faculty…[and] will allow osteopathy students to experience a wide range of approaches to treatments in sports and health sciences.
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          what might you become?

          on completion of m.ost. master of osteopathic medicine you'll be able to register as an osteopath with the general osteopathic council. osteopathy is a statutorily regulated profession in the united kingdom.

          osteopathy is a rewarding patient centred career that focuses on the whole patient. the career pathway is primarily private practice with many osteopaths running their own clinics there is an increasing provision of osteopathy with in the nhs including gp practices and community health centres.

          accredited by:

          the general osteopathic council

          modules for this course

          course snapshot

          "in our first year we’re learning about lumbar and lower limb anatomy; how the nervous system works and biomechanics. 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."
          david - first year, osteopathic medicine


          1st year

          engaging with learning: professional and personal development
          this module aims to develop students’ engagement with their own personal and academic development in order to support them as they make the step up to degree-level study within the university environment.
          Human physiology & functional anatomy
          learn core knowledge of anatomy and physiology and how to practically apply this knowledge to your practice.
          osteopathic skills i
          learn core skills including observation assessment and diagnosis of the musculoskeletal system from the cervical spine to the foot.
          Biochemistry & biophysics
          introduces basic biochemistry and biophysics skills including neurology, muscle physiology, diagnostic ultrasound imaging.
          Personal & professional development I
          learn core theories and skills of osteopathy including subjective and objective examinations palpation, and orthopaedic testing along side the ethical consideration of treatment.
          musculoskeletal biomechanics
          develop the core knowledge of normal and pathological biomechanics of the musculoskeletal system.

          2nd year

          research methods & analysis in sport, physical activity & health sciences
          develop an understanding of what a research proposal is and how to create one for your master's project.
          pathophysiology of non-communicable diseases
          learn about different non-communicable and chronic diseases that can be the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioural factors. explore how this influences your treatment and management of patients.
          clinical differential diagnosis
          learn how to interpret your clinical findings and what this means when combined with the pathophysiology of other conditions. be able to identify the most clinically significant causation of your patients conditions and understand how to prioritise findings and put effective management plans in to place.
          Nutrition, health & disease
          explore the topics of nutrition and health supplements.
          personal and professional development ii
          further your training by exploring the principals of osteopathy and how to use and develop effecting treatment techniques and approaches utilizing the body’s self-healing mechanisms .
          osteopathic skills ii
          build on core skills of osteopathy including diagnosis management and treatment of the body as a unit. develop a critical skill and understanding of osteopathic techniques including high velocity thrusts, muscle energy techniques and joint mobilisation.

          3rd year

          clinical practice 1
          learn how to manage and treat you own patients. you will be undertaking approximately 400 clinical hours in this module and during this time you will be responsible for the management and treatment of real patients this is where you start to put everything together under the careful clinical supervision of or experienced clinical tutors (all registered osteopaths).
          osteopathic skills iii
          introduction to the variety of applications of osteopathic treatment and management, including diagnostic, treatment and management approaches used in maternity, paediatrics, neurology and gerontology. learn how to treat and create effective management plans.
          osteopathic evaluation and therapeutics
          explore more complicated disorders (e.g. psychosocial stress) and evidence-based practice, look at different treatment principals and advanced osteopathic techniques.
          Entrepreneurship & small business management
          this unique module will equip you for your private practice upon graduation.

          4th year

          managing clinical uncertainty
          learn to manage and identify more complicated clinical cases, understand that there is always uncertainty when making clinical decisions. learn effective management and ownership of this uncertainty showing reflective practice.
          clinical practice ii
          this is a continuation of clinical practice 1 you will continue to treat real patients in our on-site osteopathy clinic under clinical supervision by our team of clinic tutors ( all registered osteopaths) for approximately 500 hours
          master's project
          conduct your chosen master level research project.

          fees and funding

          fees uk students: £9,250 per annum

          fees for international students: £12,000 per annum

          additional costs:

          • disclosure and barring service (dbs) enhanced check - around £50.
          • clinic uniform (tunic) - around £30.
          • clinic kit will be required which you can use in private practice when you graduate. the minimum recommended for your clinical kit is a sphygmomanometer , stethoscope and patella hammer; at a cost of approx £150.

          teaching and assessment

          how will you be taught?

          includes a mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions. you will be taught by a multidisciplinary teaching team, who pull strength and knowledge from varied backgrounds and professional roles.

          how will you be assessed?

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

          course leader

          john evans

          john is a qualified osteopath and is a qualified acupuncturist, sonographer, nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach and advanced rehabilitation specialist. following severe damage to axillary nerves in his shoulders john developed actively intelligent rehabilitation (air), a complete health care system that considers the patient's nutritional needs, physical rehabilitation needs, acute and chronic pain management and strength and reconditioning needs as part of their treatment plan.

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          sherrie choy


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          sherrie is a chartered physiotherapist and a member of the acucpuncture association of chartered physiotherapists (aacp). she is an experienced lecturer and has held various positions as senior physiotherapist in the nhs, specialising in pulmonary rehabilitation, acute care and early orthopedic rehabilitation in the community. her research interest is musculoskeletal injury management and exercise prescription for chronic disease groups.

          john downey


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          john is an exercise specialist with an interest in lifestyle behaviour change and health services evaluation. he holds an msc in preventive cardiology and reps accredited qualifications in exercise referral and cardiac rehabilitation.

          stephanie evans


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          stephanie is a qualified osteopath who supports a varied patient base; her areas of expertise include technique, physiology, pharmacology of common drugs, a best practice approach to treating babies and woman’s health.

          kieron kerr

          osteopathy lecturer

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          kieron is a qualified osteopath who has worked in established clinics across the country as well as running his own successful clinic; he has special interests in biomechanics and working with patients with chronic pain.

          dr joseph layden

          senior lecturer

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          joe has 20 years experience within the area of health and exercise physiology and researches health care interventions, physiology and metabolism. he previously worked as an occupational physiologist and researcher for the uk ministry of defence and the netherlands national research office.

          dr alister mccormick

          senior lecturer

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          alister teaches psychology and its applications to sport, exercise, and health. his main research interest is how psychological interventions can be used to improve the performances of people who participate in endurance events, such as middle- and long-distance running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon events.

          charles peers

          guest lecturer - osteopathy

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          charles is a practising osteopath and has drwan on his extensive experience to advise the general osteopathic council and institute of osteopathy on matters related to osteopathic provision within the nhs.

          professor gary shum


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          gary is an honorary associate professor for the royal devon and exeter nhs foundation trust where he conducts research in back pain and nerve biomechanics. he is a practising chartered physiotherapist and brings a wealth of experience in musculoskeletal injury and diagnosis including diagnostic ultrasound imaging.

          frequently asked questions

          q1   on how many days a week do i attend lectures?

          this course has high contact hours. in the first two years of the course you'll typically have lectures four days per week and in the final two years of the course you'll be expected to attend all day monday to friday for lectures and clinical sessions.

          q2   where will my placement be?

          Your placement will be in our Osteopathic Clinic which is located on our campus. The placement takes place in years 3 & 4 though you'll be observing in the clinic from year 1. The clinic is situated in our well equipped sports centre which also offers a biomechanics lab, giving you access to first class facilities to help treat and rehabilitate your patients.  

          q3   what equipment will i be learning to use?

          osteopathy is a hands on manual therapy so most of the treatments you do only require you however; the unique set up that marjon offers is that you will be exposed to the biomechanics labs and equipment which means you can also learn to use the zero-gravity tread mill, isokinetic machine, 3d cameras, electro myographs and the diagnostic ultrasound units.

          q4   will all of my lectures be on campus?

          we have adopted a mixed mode of teaching a lecturing meaning that 50% of the lectures will be delivered virtually, with live lectures being streamed to students who can engage and interact in real time. there is also a large practical element with this course so the other 50% of lectures for master's osteopathic medicine lectures will be face to face. currently all students and lecturers are in full personal protection equipment (ppe) to keep everybody safe. all clinical hours are also on campus and in full ppe.

          q5   how much might i earn?

          the average osteopath in the south west charges between £40-50 per session and sessions last between 30-45 minutes.

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