Course Overview

The Masters Osteopathy course is ranked 1st in the UK for Complementary Medicine (Complete University Guide, 2018)

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Osteopaths can expect a starting salary of around £25,000.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: Minimum BBB at A2 level including at least one in a biological science. At least five A-C GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, maths and science.

ACCREDITATION: This course is approved by the General Osteopathic Council. Graduates must register with the GOC before they can work as an osteopath in the UK.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • The Masters Osteopathy course is ranked first in the UK for Complementary Medicine (Complete University Guide, 2018)
  • 94% of students say that overall, they are satisfied with the quality of the course (Unistats 2017)
  • 100% of our Osteopathy students are employed in a professional or managerial job 6 months after graduating (Unistats 2017)
  • Graduate starting salary of £24k on average
  • It provides hands-on experience in the application of clinical skills with patients under supervision
  • Students have provides access to first class facilities in the Swansea University Osteopathic Clinic
  • Students have the opportunity to attain the Swansea Employability Award which is delivered as part of the course
  • Students are given an introduction to business management to prepare for private practice
  • Graduates receive a qualification recognised by the General Osteopathic Council enabling them to register for practice
  • The College of Human and Health Sciences has state-of-the-art facilities for realistic workplace experiences and a fully functioning osteopathic clinic

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Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Undergraduate / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHF100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)30Anatomy and Physiology 2
SHF105Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Osteopathic Skills 1
SHF106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Osteopathic Skills 2
SHF108Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Personal and Professional Development
SHF109Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)30Anatomy and Physiology 1
SHF110Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Osteopathic Concepts and Principles

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Undergraduate / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHF200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Clinical Biomechanics and Imaging
SHF201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Business Management for Health Care
SHF203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Osteopathic Skills 3
SHF204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Osteopathic Skills 4
SHF205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 1
SHF206Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 2
SHF207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Applied Psychology and Sociology for Health Care
SHF208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Further Personal and Professional Development
SHF209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Evidence Based Practice

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Undergraduate / Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHF301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Developing Business Management Skills
SHF302Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Continuing Personal and Professional Development
SHF303Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Applying Evidence Based Practice
SHF304Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)40Osteopathic Skills 5
SHF307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)40Osteopathic Skills 6

Year 4 (Level 7)

FHEQ 7 Undergraduate / Advanced Honours
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHFM01Academic Year30Autonomous Osteopathic Practice
SHFM02Academic Year60Dissertation: M Ost Osteopathy
SHVM42Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Health Psychology of Long Term and Chronic Illness
SHVM46Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Chronic Pain Management


This is an advanced initial degree in Osteopathy. Students successfully completing it will gain a Master’s level qualification which will:

  • Give the skills and competences necessary to become a registered osteopath
  • Develop self-confidence and apply knowledge for practice within a safe environment
  • Promote evidence based practice, personal and professional development

Small student cohorts allowing for a personal learning experience. Modules explore the structure and function of the human body and include psychology. 

Clinical skills are rehearsed and simulated in the laboratory, enabling students to develop self-confidence and put their knowledge into practice in a safe environment.

Our fully functional Osteopathic Clinic is staffed by associate staff members who are qualified, practising Osteopaths. Students benefit from guest speakers who provide advice on business start-ups for those who wish to open their own practice.

A unique initiative between the University and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University (ABMU) Health Board provides gives final year Osteopathy students the chance to work in an integrated NHS setting off campus.

The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: BBB including at least one in a biological science 
  • ACCESS: 27D, 15M, 3P.
  • Irish leaving certificate: 360
  • International Baccalaureate: 32

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at Grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language, Maths and Science.  





How To Apply

 Applications for Osteopathy must be made through UCAS. Candidates require:

  • A minimum of BBB at A2 Level. Health or science-related courses desirable but two 2 AS Levels can be offered in lieu of a non-biological A2 Level. A2 in General Studies is not acceptable.
  • Plus five GCSE passes including Welsh/English language, maths and a biological or double award science, Grade A-C
  • Candidates will be expected to participate in group discussions and team work during interviews
  • If your first language is not English then you need an IELTS score of 6

A strong UCAS Personal Statement, demonstrating suitability for the course, will help the Admissions Tutor choose who to invite for interview. Interviewees will be asked to bring along exam certificates and other documents.

The interview, with the Admissions Tutor and another member of the Osteopathic team, will take about 30 minutes. Questions you may be asked include:

  • Why you have chosen to study osteopathy?
  • What you know about the profession generally?
  • How you believe the course to be structured?

Any offer of a place will also require:

For more information call +44 (0) 1792 518531 or email

Apply via UCAS 


Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MOst Full-time £9,000 £14,650

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

  • First years are expected to buy £20 clinic tunics
  • Second years have to buy a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer (blood pressure cuff) and, ideally, an ophthalmoscope. Together this will cost about £160.
  • No travel expenses are provided for attending clinic locations in Swansea or Carmarthen

You may face additional costs, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery, USB sticks
  • Buying recommended books, although the campus library  will have all the texts  you need
  • In the third year, students need to hire or buy a gown or tuxedo if attending the ball, and hire robes for graduation 

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

Find out more here about fees and how to pay.

FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more here about scholarships and bursaries

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

This is a four-year, full-time degree starting each September. Here is a full list of term dates.

The course runs from 9am to 5pm five days a week. Students may have the occasional day with no lectures. This time should be used for self-directed learning.

The programme follows the usual 36-week academic term but second and third year students do an extra four weeks in clinic.

Student led seminars, structured reflection and experiential learning, coupled with the use of simulation for the structured rehearsal of clinical skills in the clinical skills laboratory, will enable students to develop self-confidence and apply knowledge for practice within a safe environment.

All students will build up the minimum 1,200 hours of clinical practice required for registration with the General Osteopathic Council.

Clinical placements take place every week starting in year one with observational visits and building to final year autonomous practice.  Sessions may be outside normal working hours and during university holidays. Some clinic time may be scheduled for the University's campus in Carmarthen: St David's Park.  

Clinical placements take place within University-associated clinical facilities with clinical mentors.

When not on placement, osteopathy students will be taught at the Swansea University campus.

Assessment: Students are assessed via written exams, course work and practical exams known as Objective Structured Practical Examinations which have interactive elements.

Careers in Osteopathy

Most registered osteopaths work in the private health care sector. There is a growing demand for osteopathy as people seek out modern, patient-centred care.

According to the General Osteopathic Council, osteopaths carry out about seven million new consultations in the UK every year.

Salaries are determined by the number of patients Osteopaths see, whether or not they create their own practice or join an already established practice as an associate partner.

Students of osteopathy at Swansea University learn how to run an effective practice with an introduction to business management.

Students are encouraged to attend Swansea Employability Academy events and workshops held across campus each year.


Visit our employability web pages to read our graduate success stories.

International Students

We welcome many applications from non-UK students.

In addition to the usual requirements, international students must:

  • Have an IELTS score of 6.0 as a English language qualification
  • Ensure their High School background covers academic subjects relevant to Osteopathy
  • Have a satisfactory educational reference
  • Be interviewed

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Or email for further information.



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