ESO Overview

The European School of Osteopathy (ESO) is recognised globally as a leading osteopathic institution, graduating forward thinking and high quality osteopaths from the UK and all over the world. We pride ourselves on the breadth of our undergraduate programme, which leads to the Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost), validated by Buckinghamshire New University. Our aim is to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in which to study. Studying osteopathy is challenging both academically and physically, but our course will equip you for a fulfilling and rewarding career in which you will continue to learn and develop. By choosing to study at the ESO you will benefit from a wealth of teaching experience, with people who are passionate about osteopathy. We hope that you will find our prospectus helpful but please feel free to contact us if you would like further information.


The School was founded in Paris in 1951 as Ecole Française d’Ostéopathie (EFO) and moved to England in 1965. Initially based in London, the EFO relocated to Kent in 1971 where it first operated from premises close to Maidstone town centre.  In 1974, due to student demand in the UK, a new full-time, English speaking programme was created.  The School was incorporated as a registered charity trading as the European School of Osteopathy/ Ecole Européenne d’Ostéopathie and on 1st October 1974 its first four-year full-time diploma began.  The popularity of the course and consequential increase in student numbers meant that it outgrew its premises and in 1996 it purchased the Boxley House campus, which is now the main academic and administrative site. The original Maidstone site accommodates the School’s dedicated teaching clinic, where students offer osteopathic treatment to the public.

Osteopathic Teaching

The osteopathic teaching at the ESO reflects a broad spectrum of the subject. The practical philosophies of all the great osteopaths are integrated into the curriculum, with particular emphasis on the fundamentals laid down by Dr Andrew Taylor Still and complemented by progressive consideration of structural, cranial and visceral techniques.


The importance of research to the future development of osteopathy cannot be overstated. As a stakeholder in the National Council for Osteopathic Research (NCOR), the ESO is committed to the provision of the highest quality in osteopathic research. Members of our Research Department are qualified both as osteopaths and as experienced researchers, contributing to publications in peer-reviewed journals and regularly presenting work at national and international osteopathic research conferences. Types of research undertaken include: – clinical trials to establish effectiveness of osteopathy; – literature reviews to answer a speciific study question by means of published literature on the topic; – basic research to explore how certain osteopathic treatment techniques work; – qualitative research, which involves interviewing participants in order to answer particular questions. Students are encouraged to take part in institutional research projects as part of their undergraduate dissertation or are able to design their own research projects in close collaboration with the ESO Research Department. Student research of exceptionally high quality is considered for publication in international peer- reviewed journals.

Academic Links

The ESO is a Partner College of Buckinghamshire New University.  The University validates our degree programme, ensuring the highest academic standards are achieved.  When you accept an offer for a place on the course, as well as becoming an ESO student you become a registered student of Bucks New University, which allows access to resources such as the University’s online databases and library facilities.


Location The School’s academic site, Boxley House, is a beautiful 17th century Jacobean manor, nestled at the foot of the North Downs in a Designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is surrounded by 17 acres of parkland and provides a setting that is both enjoyable and conducive to study. Boxley is a delightful village, with a country pub and village church, located approximately 2 miles from Maidstone. The ESO’s busy teaching clinic is located in Maidstone itself, ensuring maximum convenience for our patients. Maidstone is the historic county town of Kent, located on the banks of the River Medway in the South East of England, just 35 miles from London.