About the European School of Osteopathy

The ESO is renowned internationally for the breadth of its undergraduate curriculum

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.

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.

In September 2021, the European School of Osteopathy joined together with the British College of Osteopathic Medicine (BCOM) as part of the BCNO Group – the British College of Naturopathy and Osteopathy. You can find more information about the BCNO Group here.

Note: The ESO’s current M.Ost programme is validated by Buckinghamshire New University, ensuring the highest academic standards are achieved and allowing access to resources such as the University’s online databases and library facilities. The new validating university for the M.Ost programme commencing September 2022 is the University of Plymouth.