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British School of Osteopathy

We’re the largest osteopathic educational institution in the UK, and our evidence-informed approach, high-quality teaching and excellent clinical opportunities attracts students from around the world and produces graduates who go on to leading roles within the profession.

Master's Programmes

Medicine & Health (3)



Formed in 1917 by John Martin Littlejohn, a former student of Andrew Taylor Still, the founder of osteopathy, the UCO has grown from a small school delivering basic professional training to a highly-respected University College attracting students from around the world.


Our active research team pioneer new forms of osteopathic research and contribute to the body of knowledge about osteopathy.  


Students are directly involved in decision-making at the UCO through membership of the Board and committee groups, and each year group has elected student representatives who are responsible for liaising with the school on matters of student interest. We also have a dedicated Student Experience Officer who manages and responds to student comments and feedback, and works with students to improve and enhance their experience at the UCO.

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Student services

Support and advice is offered on a confidential and impartial basis on a wide variety of issues which may be directly or indirectly affecting their studies, learning support, disability support, help with budgeting and finance, bereavement and personal and childcare issues.

Housing services

At present the UCO isn't able provide its own accommodation, but we do offer our students support with finding suitable accommodation through University of London Housing Services (ULHS).

Library services

The UCO library houses over 10,000 books, journals, periodicals and essays as well as a large selection of anatomical models.

ICT services

BONE is the UCO's virtual learning environment (VLE). It provides a place for students to securely access a diverse range of learning materials to follow and build on their classroom based learning, as well as to undertake further self-directed study. 

Student Life

Student clubs

There are also a number of informal clubs and societies organised by our students, including running clubs, sports teams, meditation groups and yoga classes. 

London, England, United Kingdom