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University College of Osteopathy

School Overview

    • Founded:
    • 1917
    • Size:
    • Small (<5000 students)
    • Type:
    • Public
    • Category:
    • Universities, colleges
    • Specialization:
    • School of Osteopathy 1
    • Climate:
    • Temperate
    • Location:
    • 275 Borough High Street, London, England, United Kingdom
    • Phone:
    • +442074070222
    • Setting:
    • Urban

The History of the University College of Osteopathy

UCO was founded as the BSO in 1915 by John Martin Littlejohn, an Osteopath himself, but was not incorporated until 1917 due to the First World War. Littlejohn died in 1947 and the school's direction was shaped by several people including Clem Middleton and Margot Gore. The school received charity status in 1963.

In 1984 HRH Princess Anne, Princess Royal became the institution's Patron and is currently the Chancellor. The UCO is dedicated to educating osteopaths, treating patients and pursuing osteopathic research.

The University College of Osteopathy has a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes available to full or part-time students.

The UCO also offers an Access to Higher Education Diploma (Osteopathic Sciences & Health Care) programme. This is a one-year further education course leading to a nationally recognised award. It is designed specifically for students over the age of 18 who wish to become osteopaths or to study a related healthcare discipline at degree level with little or no academic qualifications beyond GCSE level.

There is also an Introduction to Osteopathic Sciences course, which is designed for potential M.Ost students who have proven academic achievement but who lack a solid grounding in the sciences.

The UCO also offers postgraduate programmes. Examples include a Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy, an MSc in Osteopathy and a Postgraduate Certificate in Research Methods. It also provides an ongoing programme of continuous professional development courses.

Academic Highlights

UCO students gain experience of contact with patients from the beginning of their studies.

In the last two years of their M.Ost degree course, they gain practical experience by treating members of the public at the UCO's clinical centre under the supervision of tutors who are fully qualified, practising osteopaths.

The UCO's clinical centre is at 98-118 Southwark Bridge Road, London SE1 0BQ. It is currently Europe's largest osteopathic clinical centre, offering over 40,000 patient appointments per year. It houses the UCO's general clinic, as well as special clinics for expectant mothers, children, people with sports injuries and people with HIV/AIDS.

The UCO also has a portfolio of award-winning community outreach osteopathy clinics, which further the UCO's mission to make osteopathy available to groups of the community who might not otherwise be able to access it. These give students an even wider experience of patient contact and provide osteopathic care to groups including older people in their home settings, homeless people, people with HIV/AIDS and children with social, emotional and behavioral problems.

Life in the University College of Osteopathy

Our student population is diverse and ranges from college-leavers undertaking their first degree to mature students who are furthering their studies or looking to make a career change. Students come from across the UK and around the world to study with us, including from Europe, Australia and Brazil. There is lots of interaction between year groups both in a clinic and socially, and our more experienced students provide a fantastic informal support network for those new to the UCO.

School Ranking

UCO has been awarded the title ‘partner research institution’ by Imperial. With Imperial College currently ranking amongst the world's top 10 universities, this is a huge opportunity for the osteopathic community.


Applications for our full-time undergraduate courses must be made online on the UCAS website. 

To apply you will need to do the following:

Register with UCAS (make a note of your login details)

Complete your application form. Filling in the application form is not a difficult process but it may take some time to complete - there is a save and return option which allows you to complete your form in stages.

Specify your course choices. You will need to provide our institution and course codes as follows: Institution code: B87, Course code for M.Ost: B110, Course code for BSc IND: B410.

You can apply for more than one course. The UCAS application fee for courses starting in 2019 is £18 if you’re applying to just one course, or £24 for multiple courses, and for late applications sent after 30 June. If you are applying for a course that starts in 2020, the application fee is £20 if you’re applying to just one course, or £25 for multiple courses and for late applications sent after 30 June 2020.

Submit your application.

Once you have submitted your application UCAS will forward it to us.

Notable Alumni

Grace Newman graduated from the UCO in 2017

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance rates of 6-8%, while MD schools usually accept 3-4% of their applicants. The highest average MCAT score at DO schools is 512.

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