Why study to be an Osteopath?

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– Undergraduate pre-registration osteopathy courses –

  • Do you want to be in a profession where you get daily job satisfaction from helping others?
  • Are you interested in understanding how the body works?
  • Are you enthusiastic and motivated to learn a new discipline?
  • Do you have an holistic view of the body and health?
  • Would being an independent practitioner suit your career aspirations?
  • Do you enjoy working ‘hands-on’ with people?

If you answer yes to any of the above, then a career in osteopathy might be for you.

What is an MOst?

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An MOst is an undergraduate integrated Masters degree. It enables students with no previous experience to transition to a fully fledged independent practitioner in just 4 years (or 5/6 years by part-time study).

Students of our Recognised Qualification awards accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are eligible to apply for registration at the point of graduation.

Only people accepted onto the GOsC register are allowed to practise as osteopaths.

What is a BOst?

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A BOst is an undergraduate honours degree. It is unusual in that it is one semester more than the average honours degree. It enables students with no previous experience to transition to a fully fledged independent practitioner in just 3.5 years (or 5 years by part-time study).

Students of our Recognised Qualification awards accredited by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC) are eligible to apply for registration at the point of graduation.

Only people accepted onto the GOsC register are allowed to practise as osteopaths.

What is the difference between the MOst and BOst?

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Both pathways enable students with no previous experience to transition to a fully fledged independent practitioner. The BOst requires 3.5 years of study (full-time) whereas the MOst is 4 years.

The level of clinical competency is the same for BOst and MOst. However the level of academic achievement is different, and there is a larger research component in the MOst.

You can leave your decision regarding which award to complete until the later part of the course.

Both pathways are accredited by the General Osteopathic Council and validated by Anglia Ruskin University.

If you intend to practice outside the UK, you are likely to have more opportunities if you gain the Masters qualification.

How much does it cost?

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Fees are set by the Validating University.

For 2018-19, the fee for the course will be £9,250 per annum*, which is reduced for part-time study according to the number of credits you study in each year. The total fee is the same in the end whether you study part-time or full-time. As the MOst has more credits the total fee over 4 years is approximately 12.5% more than the BOst at 3.5 years.

All students will receive study aids or a cash bursary to the value of £400 per year which takes the equivalent course fee to £8,850 (pro-rata for part-time students / single semester final year BOst).

Students who come from a household on low income may apply for an additional £200 bursary (or pro rata equivalent).

*a small increase linked to inflation may be added each subsequent year of your studies.

Why the LSO?

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The LSO is known for its excellence in osteopathic education, attracting mature students from all over the UK and Europe. It has been offering vocational training since 1948, and degree programmes since 1993.

The LSO programmes are staffed by highly qualified and committed individuals creating a dynamic, exciting, research-driven learning and teaching environment.

Flexibility is key, with students able to change mode of study and level of award. The majority of students complete the MOst part-time pathway in five years, by going to full-time intensity after year 3. Flexible clinic attendance patterns enable students to maintain part-time employment  even in these final years.

Courses: where are they held?

The London School of Osteopathy

The LSO is sited in a beautiful Victorian school building in Bermondsey called The Grange, close to Tower Bridge (and outside the congestion zone). Class based teaching occurs here.

The Grange

12 Grange Road

020 7237 1422

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The Clinic 

The LSO clinic is in Bethnal Green, 3 minutes walk from the Central Line tube station. Click here to access the clinic page. Clinic based learning takes place here.

Mayfield Clinic

202B Cambridge Heath Rd
E2 9LJ

020 8 983 7133

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Finding The Grange

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The Grange,
12 Grange Road,
London SE1 3BE


London Bridge (Jubilee, Northern)
Borough (Northern)

Nearest Mainline Train Stations

London Bridge
Liverpool Street


1, 42, 78, 188 (24hr)
Nearby: C10

Courses: when are they held?

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Courses start in September, and class-based teaching finishes in May/June. The clinic is open all year round. Students are required to undertake some clinic activities and a workshop over the summer period.

There are holiday periods at Christmas, Easter and in the summer.

The part-time course classes are delivered over 18 alternate weekends. Clinic attendance is flexible but needs to be spread out over the year.

Part-time MOst

18 teaching weekends plus some summer study

5 to 6 years

1200hrs clinical experience

Full-time MOst

Two semesters plus some summer study

4 years

1200hrs clinical experience

LSO MOst course content


Level 4 (year 1 F/T):

Osteopathic studies, including theory, philosophy, concepts & principles, and practical skills such as case history taking, palpation (a refined sense of touch), observation, joint movement and soft-tissue techniques. Contact teaching time is far in excess of the University standard, which is essential for learning practical skills.

Participation in the outpatient clinic is mandatory even at level 4.

Your osteopathic studies are underpinned by:

  • The detailed study of anatomy and physiology of the entire body, inside and out.
  • Sociology of health and illness.


Level 5 (year 2 F/T):

The osteopathy classes continue to build on the skills learnt at level 4, and progress to integrating the knowledge acquired in the other level 5 classes. Examples of techniques practiced are articulation, muscle energy techniques, functional and indirect approaches, and high velocity thrust techniques.

In clinic, students participate in an increasing range of patient examinations and treatments.

Supporting studies at this level are:

  • A broad range of pathology, including theory, symptoms, signs, and how to assess using standard medical examination procedures.
  • Some adjunctive studies such as pharmacology and imaging.


Level 6 (year 3 F/T):

The osteopathy classes build on level 5, and continue to feature significant amounts of practical work alongside theoretical constructs. Skills are applied to a wide range of scenarios, and clinical reasoning and hypothesis generation are expanded.

In clinic, students become ‘senior students’, responsible for conducting and evaluating patient care.

Supporting studies at this level are:

  • Differential diagnosis, with input from specialists in related fields (such as neurology, rheumatology, dermatology, mental health, nutrition)
  • Research studies culminating in writing a research proposal on a topic of your choice.


Level 7 (year 4 F/T):

Osteopathy classes consolidate previous learning and find expression in autonomous clinical practice. The amount of support needed from Clinic Tutors decreases, and students play a role in helping junior students develop. All of this is aimed at ensuring students are ready for their role as an independent health care professional at the point of graduation.

LSO osteopaths graduate as ‘general practitioners’, with basic skills in specialist areas which they may choose to go on and develop further in their future careers. These areas include paediatrics, obstetrics, geriatrics, sports injuries and rehabilitation, cranial, visceral and classical approaches.

Supporting studies at this level are:

  • Professional practice including regulation, ethics and medico-legal considerations
  • Business studies
  • Research studies culminating in writing a dissertation on a topic of your choice.


Personal and professional development.

Throughout the course, you will be developing as a learner, as a practitioner, and as a person. Underpinning the academic learning are personal and professional skills, such as communication, problem solving, analysis, critical reflection, self awareness, responsibility, autonomy and leadership.

Courses: what next?

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Osteopathy is almost unique amongst healthcare professions in that graduates are enabled to begin working independently at the point of graduation, and most start their own practices. This is different from say physiotherapy, where graduates usually join the NHS; or most sports therapy courses which have very little clinical exposure. Osteopathy is both an academic and vocational discipline.

Further career options.

There are many facets of osteopathy that you may choose to develop as your career progresses. Examples include specialising in working with children or the elderly, in sports and rehabilitation, or in teaching or research.

Courses: applying

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As osteopathy is both a science and an art, applicants are encouraged from a range of backgrounds. A level requirements are to reach a UCAS tariff of 104 (eg BCC). At least one of the A levels should be a science.

Tariff calculator – 2018 entry

However if you left school without these but have undertaken other studies since, you may still be eligible. The important thing is that you can demonstrate a capacity to learn and have the motivation to become an osteopath. A significant proportion of our students already hold a degree, but have come to the realisation that osteopathy can offer them a meaningful and worthwhile career.

Working as an osteopath requires integrity and maturity. The application form helps you to demonstrate if you have sufficient personal skill development to undertake this demanding (and rewarding) course.

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Courses: visiting the LSO

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Potential students (and their families) are encouraged to come and visit the LSO. This will give you the opportunity to meet us, discuss the course and ask any questions you may have. Whilst you do not have to attend prior to applying to join, we would recommend it.
Visitors are welcome to attend our Open Events – please e-mail admissions@lso.ac.uk to book a place.

Meet the team



Fiona Hamilton

Fiona has been linked with the LSO since 1985, and has seen it develop from a Diploma course to the excellent Undergraduate Integrated Masters course now offered. She leads the school with the clear vision of enabling a diverse range of students to fulfill their dream of becoming successful practicing osteopaths.

Course Leader

Maria Fitzgerald

Maria joined the LSO to teach physiology in the 1990s and joined the LSO team as Course Director and Research & Development Officer in 2014.  She brings with her many years of experience of teaching physiology and research methods at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and a huge enthusiasm for her subject areas and for education […]

Director of Clinical Studies

Lucy Mackay Tumber

Lucy graduated from the LSO in 2004, and worked in the Chronic Pain Unit within the East Kent Hospitals Trust, and from a GP Surgery.  She subsequently opened a High Street Practice which was successfully transferred to a home practice. A Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice, and a Masters in Education, support her roles as […]


Yasmin D’Souza

Yasmin has worked for the LSO since 1988 in the role of Administrator and then Registrar.  She has always been enthusiastic about education and has been actively involved with students and staff on the course.  She is proud to be part of the team that has led the LSO to become one of the leading […]

Director of Finance

Prince Daramola

Prince manages the budgets and accounts for the LSO.


Module Leaders

Director of Clinical Studies


Clinic Tutors