Practical class

The M.Ost Programme

The ESO is renowned for high quality osteopathic education

This full-time Masters in Osteopathy degree (the M.Ost) is a high quality undergraduate degree programme, which prepares graduates for a rewarding and fulfilling healthcare career.

Students have access to a team of experienced and dedicated staff and faculty, with teaching, research and clinic facilities in Kent (at the ESO) and London (at the British College of Osteopathic Medicine – BCOM). Our broad osteopathic programme includes a range of approaches, including visceral and cranial techniques, enabling students to treat a wide variety of patients and presentations. We also offer electives and specialisms, so students can gain valuable experience in an area of special interest before they graduate. Our aim is to develop safe, competent, well rounded osteopaths, able to think critically, evaluate evidence and manage the complexities of practice life, whichever direction that ultimately takes them.

The M.Ost offers flexibility of where to study; students may, for example, choose to spend two years studying osteopathy in Kent followed by a year in London, before returning to Kent to complete their final year. Students may, of course, choose to study in one location for the duration of the degree course. This choice and flexibility enables ESO students to meet a diverse patient population, provides opportunities to specialise in areas such as sports osteopathy, women’s health, care of the older adult and provides valuable learning experiences.

M.Ost Programme – starting 2022/23*

Duration: 4 Years
Attendance: Full-time 

The course requires students to integrate their theoretical knowledge and practical skills within an osteopathic and naturopathic clinical setting, and integrates scientific, anatomical, theoretical and research knowledge with applied osteopathic and naturopathic skills. Graduates who have successfully completed the course have undertaken a variety of roles and professions. On successful completion of the 4-year full-time course, graduates are eligible to apply for registration in the United Kingdom with the General Osteopathic Council*.

The practical element of our osteopathy degree programme results in a relatively high number of contact hours, with students spending up to 4 days per week in lectures or clinical training. You can find more detailed information about the programme in the sections below.

Successful students graduate with a Masters in Osteopathy, validated by the University of Plymouth.

 

*Please note this Masters programme is awaiting validation status by the University of Plymouth, our partner University. The Masters programme is also undergoing formal review by the General Osteopathic Council in order to achieve ‘recognised qualification’ status. A visit is scheduled for January 2022. The report will be considered for recognition by the General Osteopathic Council in May 2022 and this recognition will be subject to the Privy Council approval after that, in accordance with the Osteopaths Act 1993.

 

Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Technique Practice 1: Fundamentals &

Bio-mechanics

Functional Nutrition Research Methods Business Skills & Practice Management
Professionalism & Clinical Integration 1 Clinical Diagnosis, Pathology & Pharmacology Clinical

Practice 3

Clinical

Practice 4

Nutrition, Health & Wellbeing Technique Practice 2: Functional Applications Technique Practice 3: Applied Treatment Complex Case Management
Anatomy 1 Clinical Methods Paediatrics Leadership
Anatomy 2 Musculo-

skeletal Diagnosis

Psychology Research Investigation
Physiology Clinical

Integration & Professionalism

Women’s Health (elective) Pain Management (elective)
Care of the Older Adult (elective) Introduction to Osteopathic Sports Care (elective)

Please note this Masters programme is awaiting validation status by the University of Plymouth, our partner University. The Masters programme is also undergoing formal review by the General Osteopathic Council in order to achieve ‘recognised qualification’ status. A visit is scheduled for January 2022. The report will be considered for recognition by the General Osteopathic Council in May 2022 and this recognition will be subject to the Privy Council approval after that, in accordance with the Osteopaths Act 1993.

One of the ESO’s strengths is our in-house clinical facility, which has been established in Maidstone for over 45 years. The ESO Clinic provides an authentic training environment for students. You can find more information about the ESO Clinic on our Clinical Training page. 

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.

Students are generally in lectures, practical classes or clinic up to 4 days each week.  Reading weeks are scheduled for mid-term to allow students to consolidate their learning and to attend clinic as necessary.

The clinic remains open during holiday periods, inclusive of reading weeks, and senior students are scheduled to attend sessions over a given number of weeks between the academic terms; this includes the transition period from Year 2 to Year 3, as part of the Summer Holidays. First and second year students observe in the teaching clinic during scheduled hours throughout the academic year, when, in addition to continuing lectures, they begin to interact with patients and put into practice what they have learnt during the two pre-clinical years. Students spend over 1000 hours in clinic during their osteopathic training, experiencing around fifty new patient interactions.

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. The chart below shows the percentage of time spent in different learning activities, by year.

The curriculum involves problem-based learning, case-based scenarios and research. The teaching clinic sits alongside practical skills classes, lectures, tutorials, online learning resources, which aims to develop clinical reasoning, student reflection and self-directed learning. Throughout the four years, students engage with evidence-based medicine and learn to evaluate and appraise evidence critically. Students are also taught business and practice management skills to equip them with the tools needed when working in an osteopathic practice.

The programme utilises a range of assessments. The assessments are designed to be stimulating and challenging, stretching the students’ knowledge and practical skills. Assessments include:-

  • essays
  • presentations
  • group work
  • reflective accounts
  • ISCE (integrated standard clinical exam)
  • clinical assessments either as individual students or group work

For more information about the application process, tuition fees and how you can register for an open event, please visit our Applying to the ESO section.