British School of Osteopathy Part Time

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British School of Osteopathy Part Time

M.Ost (5 years part -time)

Studying for our M.Ost takes five years of part time attendance including:

The part time course allows students to qualify as an osteopath whilst balancing work and family commitments. Studying for our M.Ost takes five years of part time attendance including:

  • 19 weekends each year between late September and early July
  • Five week days of clinic observation each year in the first three years
  • Incrementally increased numbers of hours in the clinic in years four and five
    • One day of clinical practice during each week in Year 4 and five block weeks
    • One and a half days of clinical practice during each week in Year 5 and four block weeks

This course begins in September.

Click here to view the part-time M.Ost timetable in full.

Key features

  • A student-centred approach to academic and clinical training
  • Over 1,000 hours of clinical training in Europe’s largest and busiest osteopathy clinic
  • Opportunities to work with patients in a wide variety of clinical settings at our unique community and specialist clinics
  • Elective options for final year students to focus on specialist areas of personal interest
  • Excellent guidance and support
  • Teaching and learning to help you develop your own learning style
  • Learning that exceeds the level of most undergraduate degrees by incorporating a demanding Masters level research project in the final year of the course

The degree is validated by the British School of Osteopathy.

Academic entry requirements

A typical offer is outlined below:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades A–C including mathematics and English language
  • 3 A levels to include biology and one other science, which can include chemistry, physics, psychology, PE or a sports A level with a high scientific content
  • Students with A Levels are typically given the following offer: BBC with a B grade in Biology

We also accept a Level three BTEC with a strong science element to the diploma. A typical offer is: Distinction, Merit, Merit (with a Distinction in the biology unit)

An Access programme allied to medicine will also gain entry onto our M.Ost programmes, please enquire with the admissions team for further details.

We encourage applications from mature candidates and/or those with a non-standard educational background and we can credit work and life experience. If you have a non-standard qualification, please check your eligibility for study here.

Personal qualities

Being a good osteopath is about more than just academic ability and relies on a portfolio of skills and personal qualities. As a part-time student, you must be able to demonstrate your ability to commit to a demanding course. Your personal statement is important in allowing us to assess whether you will have the personal qualities required to be a successful osteopath.

You must be able to:

  • Collate and reflect on learning
  • Link knowledge from different academic areas e.g. the biological and psychological models of pain
  • Commit to providing first class care to patients
  • Communicate effectively with people from all walks of life
  • Work independently and develop self-directed learning skills
  • Work effectively in groups
  • Problem-solve, synthesise knowledge and help others to learn
  • Commit to continually refining the manual skills central to osteopathy
  • Understand and adhere to the professional regulations under which osteopathy operates

Key teaching areas


  • Foundation knowledge of physiology, anatomy, psychology, sociology,
  • Research strategies and professional practice
  • Osteopathic techniques
  • Developing Osteopathic Practice – this module brings the theoretical knowledge to life, allowing you to apply the facts to osteopathic clinical situations.


The final years of the M.Ost are mainly clinically focused. Our clinical provision is run from the largest osteopathic clinic in Europe, in our state of the art, fully accessible clinical centre, offering excellent facilities to treat patients. In addition, our elective, specialist clinics run on and off-site, providing treatment to:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who are homeless
  • Older patients
  • Babies and children
  • NHS patients
  • People with HIV and AIDS
  • Athletes

You will also undertake a research project of your choice.

Running alongside the development of clinical skills is the Learning for Professional Autonomy unit, which allows you to study a variety of elective subjects to enhance your professional abilities once qualified. Current electives offered include:

  • IMS (cranial osteopathy)
  • Functional technique
  • Obstetrics and osteopathy
  • Advanced spinal manipulation
  • Strain counterstrain
  • Visceral technique

A key strength at the BSO is the range and experience of our faculty – with tutors who have postgraduate qualifications in education as well as osteopathy, and with a wealth of experience. Our faculty also includes specialists from outside osteopathy who bring experience of other professions and practice.

The BSO also provides comprehensive support to students throughout their studies, including a unique ongoing mentoring programme for new graduates as they take their first steps into osteopathy as a career.

How to apply?

word Click here to download the M.Ost (5 years part -time) application form.

For more information, please contact the BSO’s friendly admissions team on:

+44 (0)20 7089 5316 or Click here to email Admissions

Please click here for the Course Information Form