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Find out more about a rewarding career as an independent healthcare professional

Osteopathy is a regulated profession in the UK and is recognised by NHS England as an Allied Health Profession (AHP) along with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and Dietitians. You can find information about all fourteen AHPs, Osteopathy and the UK regulator below:

Health Careers: Allied Health Professions
Institute of Osteopathy
General Osteopathic Council

Osteopathy is a rewarding profession which offers fantastic opportunities for those interested in a hands-on healthcare career, with the choice to specialise in practice life:

  • General practice (treating patients of all ages – from newborns to the elderly)
  • Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation
  • Maternity & Paediatric care
  • Health Research & Academia
  • Animal practice

The European School of Osteopathy is internationally recognised as a leading osteopathic institution. Based in Maidstone, Kent for over 40 years, the ESO has an academic campus located just outside of Maidstone in the beautiful surroundings of Boxley House, and a dedicated teaching clinic located in Maidstone. Together, they offer the full facilities required by students for an exciting and fulfilling osteopathic education.

Agathe tells us why it was important for her to study osteopathy in the UK and what she thinks of ESO student life

Quentin was drawn to osteopathy’s holistic approach to healthcare – he shares his experience of studying at the ESO

Robert Thomas is an Osteopath and ESO Clinic Tutor – he explains why osteopathy was the right choice for him

Osteopath Helena Bridge explains what drew her to osteopathy and why she has never looked back

Our Master of Osteopathy (M.Ost) is a 4-year, full-time undergraduate degree programme, which is accredited by the General Osteopath Council (GOsC). Upon successful completion, our graduates are eligible to apply to register in the UK with the GOsC, and start their own osteopathic practice.

The academic year is 36 weeks in duration, extending to 38 weeks in Year 2, 43 weeks in Year 3 and 38 weeks in Year 4 to incorporate essential clinical experience. The practical element of our osteopathy degree programme results in a relatively high number of contact hours; students spend up to 4 days per week attending either online theory lectures or on-site practical training.

Students gain hands on experience in our established teaching clinic, treating patients of all ages. Students spend approximately 1,000 hours in clinic during their osteopathic training, experiencing around 50 new patient interactions; around 19,000 consultations are provided by ESO students each year, under the supervision of experienced, practising osteopaths.

Students initially observe in clinic in Year 1, progress to more ‘hands-on’ experience in Year 2, before advancing to managing their own patient list in Years 3 and 4. In the third and fourth year, students are allocated to a tutor, usually 6 weeks at a time. This rotation gives students the opportunity to work with a range of Osteopathic practitioners, enabling them to draw on the breadth of experience on offer; the Clinic maintains a low tutor student ratio of around 1:6/7.

The ESO Clinic also runs an MSK Diagnostic Ultrasound Clinic, which students are able to refer patients to.

Year 4 students enhance their clinic time by not only attending general practice sessions but also spending time in the School’s specialist Maternity and Children’s clinics on a regular basis.

  • One of the broadest programmes of osteopathic education in the UK
  • Academic quality – over 95% of our faculty are practising osteopaths
  • An established teaching clinic – over 1,000 hours of clinical training with hands-on experience with in an established teaching clinic
  • Preparation for their future career – ESO graduates are in demand across Europe and beyond
  • A truly cosmopolitan learning experience – we have a wide range of nationalities and age groups represented at the School
  • A superb learning environment- Boxley House is based in an idyllic location, set in 17 acres of parkland in the heart of the Kent countryside yet convenient for travel to London, major UK London airports and road and rail to mainland Europe

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If you think osteopathy would be an interesting career option for your students please do contact us. We are happy to provide information for careers events, libraries and have a team of Student Ambassadors available for careers events.

We can also arrange a talk from an Osteopath. This is a great opportunity for your Students to meet a qualified healthcare provider and a way to inspire career aspirations. To find out more please call our Admissions Team on 01622 671558 or email