The Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy – Programme Structure

The European School of Osteopathy offers a four-year full-time programme leading to the Integrated Masters Degree in Osteopathy (M.Ost).

The undergraduate academic year is 36 weeks in duration, extending to 46 weeks for the 3rd and 4th years to incorporate essential clinical experience. The programme is a demanding one requiring total commitment from the student, but the reward is an immensely satisfying career.  Reading weeks are scheduled for mid-term to allow the students to consolidate their learning or take some time to relax.

The osteopathic teaching at the ESO is renowned for its broad approach to osteopathy and the wide range of osteopathic modalities it teaches which, at undergraduate level, include:

  • Structural techniques, including manipulation
  • Cranial osteopathy and balanced ligamentous tension techniques
  • Functional approaches to treatment
  • General Osteopathic Treatment
  • Visceral osteopathy
  • Muscle energy techniques (MET)
  • Specific adjustment technique (SAT)
  • The treatment of children and pregnant women

The programme is in a modular format. An Osteopathy Module runs through all four years, developing students’ understanding of osteopathic concepts and their clinical application, building on technical skills as they progress through the course. Anatomy, Physiology and Neural Science are taught over years one and two.  The Personal and Professional Development module, again, runs across all four years, with the aim of aiding the development of the student as an autonomous practitioner. A portfolio will be kept as part of this module to develop reflective skills. In Year 4, the module will include lectures helping to prepare students for practice life, including legal and employment issues, marketing and basic accounting.

Timetabled Hours

The M.Ost programme is a busy one, with the practical element resulting in a relatively high number of contact hours – students are generally in lectures or practical classes for 3 to 4 days each week.

One of the School’s strengths is its clinic facility. In excess of 20,000 treatments are carried out each year by ESO students under the supervision of clinic tutors, who are experienced practising osteopaths. First and second year students will observe for some 40 hours in the teaching clinic prior to formally entering Year 3, when, in addition to continuing lectures, they will begin to interact with patients and put into practice what they have learnt during the two pre-clinical years.

Students spend approximately 1200 hours in clinic during their third and fourth years, experiencing approximately fifty new patient interactions. The clinic remains open during normal holiday periods, and students are timetabled to work there for half of each holiday, including five weeks between Year 3 and Year 4.

In total the programme amounts to 480 UK academic credits totalling 4800 hours including time allocated for completion of a research dissertation between Years 3 and 4 and guided independent study, coupled to this is the life simulated learning gained through clinical educational carried out mainly in years 3 and 4.  View Example Contact Hour Table Here.

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Clinical training

A crucial part of undergraduate osteopathic training is the time spent in the teaching clinic. Some observation time is required of first and second year students before entering Year 3, when students begin to treat patients under the supervision of tutors within the clinic. Students are allocated to a tutor, usually for a six week period. Over their training, this gives them the opportunity to work with a range of tutors, drawing on the breadth of experience on offer. The Clinic maintains a tutor/student ratio of 1:6. Year 4 students are required to spend some time in the specialist Maternity and Children’s clinics. We also run an MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinic, which students are able to refer patients to for imaging of musculoskeletal problems.

The programme aims to develop technically competent, well rounded practitioners, able to think critically, evaluate evidence and cope with the complexities and demands of practice life, whichever direction that ultimately takes them.

Please note:

The curriculum and its delivery for 2017/18 onwards is currently under review and cannot be published until final approval by Buckinghamshire New University (by March 2017). The content will remain broadly similar to that shown below, in compliance with the Osteopathy Benchmark Statement and the Osteopathic Practice Standards.  The University of Greenwich will continue to validate the existing curriculum until such time as the existing scheme is completely phased out.

Anatomical Studies I

• Anatomy
• Clinical Anatomy
• Embryology
• Prosection

Osteopathy I

• Osteopathic Concepts & Evaluation
• General Osteopathic Treatment
• Osteopathic Technique
• Osteopathic Tutorials
• Physical Evaluation

Personal Professional Development I

• Clinical Observation
• Portfolio
• Practitionership
• Research & Scholarship
• Study Skills 

Physiological Studies I

• Neural Science
• Physiology 

Anatomical Studies II

• Anatomy
• Biomechancs
• Prosection

Clinical Studies I

• Case History Taking / Differential Diagnosis
• Clinical Neurology
• General Medical Screening
• Medical Imaging
• Orthopaedics
• Pathology
• Pharmacology

Osteopathy II

• Osteopathic Concepts & Evaluation
• General Osteopathic Treatment
• Indirect Technique
• Osteopathic Technique
• Osteopathic Tutorials
• Physical Evaluation

Personal Professional Development II

• Clinical Observation
• Portfolio
• Practitionership
• Research Method & Statistics

Physiological Studies II

• Neural Science
• Physiology 

Clinical Practice I (Level 6)

• Case History Taking
• Clinic
• General Medical Screening
• Medical Imaging

Clinical Studies II (Level 6)

• Biomechanics
• Clinical Neurology
• Nutrition
• Pathology
• Prosection
• Psychology

Osteopathy III (Level 6)

• Balanced Ligamentous Tension
• Osteopathic Concepts & Evaluation
• Involuntary Mechanism
• Muscle Energy Technique
• Osteopathic Care of Children / Obstetrics
• Specific Adjustment Technique
• Sports Osteopathy
• Osteopathic Technique
• Osteopathic Tutorials
• Visceral Technique

Personal Professional Development III Research Dissertation
(Level 6)

• Marketing
• Portfolio
• Practitionership

Research Method & Statistics (Level 7)

• Research Method
• Statistics

Clinical Practice II

• Clinic
• Medical Imaging

Osteopathy IV

• Clinical Integration Tutorials
• Involuntary Mechanism
• Muscle Energy Technique
• Osteopathic Care of Children / Obstetrics
• Structural Technique
• Visceral Technique

Personal Professional Development IV

• Portfolio
• Practitionership

Research Dissertation

• Research Dissertation

Undergraduate Admissions

If you have any questions or comments please contact a member of our admissions team who will be happy to assist.

For information about the application process and visiting the School please see our Applying to ESO and Open Days pages.

Bernie Ranger

Admissions Officer

Niki Lock

Admissions Assistant