Master of Chiropractic

Are you looking for a degree that will improve your ability, confidence and employability in chiropractic? Our chiropractic training introduces aspects of clinical work from the start and carefully integrates this to reinforce your academic study. Your clinical expertise will develop, until you are able to work under supervision as a student clinician and provide chiropractic care at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic outpatient clinic, which is based at the University. We were the first university in the UK to offer a fully integrated undergraduate Masters chiropractic degree that is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).

We have an excellent working relationship with the chiropractic profession and enjoy close links with the British Chiropractic Association and the Royal College of Chiropractors, as well as adhering to the clinical and professional chiropractic educational guidelines agreed by the European-South African Education Collaboration. For you, this means your learning is underpinned by best practice care and delivery in the chiropractic profession.

Study Mode 2017 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 4 Years September Pontypridd
Study Mode 2018 Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 4 Years September Pontypridd

On our Chiropractic degree you will study and understand the human body in health and disease, be able to identify abnormalities of human structure and function, and manage them through appropriate therapy.

Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems – and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems and general health.

Our Chiropractic degree also meets demanding international chiropractic educational standards and benefits from very advantageous funding arrangements for chiropractic students in the EU.

Modules

Year One

  • Normal Radiographic Anatomy
  • Foundations of Pathology
  • Chiropractic 1
  • Behavioural Science 1
  • Clinical Physiology 1
  • Clinical Anatomy 1
  • Analytical Methods and Biomechanics
  • Clinical Development in Chiropractic Year 1 (optional)


Year Two

  • Clinical Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Clinical Imaging 1
  • Physiology and Anatomy of the Nervous System
  • Pathology
  • Chiropractic 2
  • Clinical Physiology 2
  • Clinical Development in Chiropractic Year 2 (optional)

Year Three

  • Functional Management
  • Junior Clinic
  • Research Project 1
  • Clinical Imaging 2
  • Chiropractic 3
  • Clinical Neuro-orthopaedics
  • General Diagnosis and Clinical Specialities
  • Clinical Development in Chiropractic (optional)

Year Four

  • Evidence-Based Clinical Diagnosis and Practice
  • Research Project 2
  • Chiropractic Clinical Training
  • Contemporary Clinical and Professional Practice
  • Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice
  • Chiropractic Clinic
  • Clinical Development in Chiropractic Year 4

Teaching

Typically, students on our chiropractic degree will spend around 20 hours each week in lectures, practicals, tutorials, laboratory or clinical work, depending on the topic.

Assessment

A variety of assessment methods are used throughout each term, including short-answer in-class tests, practical tests, multiple-choice tests, group presentations and long-answer written tests.

UCAS Code
B320
Institution Code
W01

Placements

Final year chiropractic students spend 13 months working under professional supervision in the outpatient clinic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, managing the care of a wide range of patients.

The student clinicians have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities including DXA scans, musculoskeletal ultrasound, X-ray services and MRI.

The students also spend one week on a hospital placement at Prince Charles Hospital under the supervision of Professor Karras, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. The hospital placement provides students with the opportunity to engage with other health professionals in a number of departments including surgery and fracture clinics.

Students are also placed with university sports teams, under supervision, during competitions and this includes external events ranging from triathlons, cycle events, tennis tournaments and professional rugby. All placement opportunities provide an enhanced student experience to prepare the student clinicians for graduate positions.

Facilities

Our Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIoC) centre has 20 treatment rooms, as well as a digital X-ray suite, MRI facilities and a functional rehabilitation suite. We have first-class learning facilities on campus, including a clinical simulation suite, DEXA-scan and a diagnostic ultrasound suite.

Lecturers

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements

* An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check is also required (or national equivalent, additional cost applies).

* Evidence of observation of a minimum 3 hours of a chiropractor in clinical practice and a statement of health is required.

* An IELTS (or equivalent) minimum average score of 6.0 is required for non-UK applicants.

Typical A-Level Offer

ABB to include Biology and one other Science subject which must be either Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education, Mathematics or Physics and to exclude General Studies.

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade B and AB at A Level to include Biology and one other Science subject which must be either Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education, Mathematics or Physics, and to exclude General Studies.

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Distinction Merit to include Biology and Chemistry modules

Typical IB Offer

32 in Diploma (17 at Higher level to included must include Higher Level Biology and one other Science or Maths)

Typical Access to HE Offer

Science or Maths Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits with 18 Distinctions from Science units, a further 24 Merits and 3 Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: £9000
  • Full-time International: £11900

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are significant additional costs either obligatory or optional these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £20
Clinical Jackets x2 in Year 4
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service £13
Whilst optional it is strongly recommended signing up for this service especially if you are likely to have placements each year and wish to persue a career post University where a DBS check is a requirement. Please note the service has to be joined within 19 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU

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Admissions statement

Graduates of this Chiropractic degree will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to practise as a chiropractor in the independent sector in the UK. There is also opportunity to apply for registration and employment in other countries worldwide.

Our chiropractic course boasts a very high employment uptake in the profession. Chiropractic is a growing profession in the UK and Europe that offers substantial opportunities. There are also career opportunities in education, or you could specialise in sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.