Master of Chiropractic (Including Foundation Year)

This is a fully integrated undergraduate Masters Chiropractic programme that is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This ensures that graduates meet national and international chiropractic accreditation standards and can register with the GCC to practise in the UK.

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 patients through manual methods. These include manipulation, soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation. Clinical experience is a major part of your training. Elements of clinical work are introduced from the start and are carefully integrated to reinforce your academic study. Your final year is a clinical placement, during which you will treat and manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders to develop your clinical skills, confidence and employability.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
79P2 Full-time 5 Years September Glyntaff A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
79P2 Full-time 5 Years September Glyntaff A

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. All students on the Chiropractic programme will following core modules which include:

Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems to the musculoskeletal system (that’s bones, muscles and joints) and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the nervous system and general health.

Foundation year: Chiropractic Degree

  • Therapeutic Massage
  • Foundation Human Anatomy for Chiropractors
  • Foundation Human Physiology for Chiropractors
  • Numerical Methods and Biophysics
  • Foundation of Professional Development in Chiropractic
  • Foundation Chemistry

Year One: Chiropractic Degree

  • 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: Chiropractic Degree

  • 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: Chiropractic Degree

  • 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: Chiropractic Degree

  • 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, practical vivas, multiple-choice tests, group presentations and long-answer written tests.

Accreditations

Our Chiropractic programme is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This means graduates are qualified to apply to register with the GCC, have the ability to work in European states, and are eligible to sit entry examinations in most accredited areas worldwide.

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

The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIoC) has 18 treatment rooms, a digital X-ray suite, MRI facilities and a functional rehabilitation suite where you can apply the theoretical knowledge gained into practice.

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 (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.

We look for a high level of motivation and evidence of a significant level of proficiency in both numeracy and literacy. Those students without any formal qualifications should contact the University of South Wales directly. All applications are considered on an individual basis.

Typical A-Level Offer

BCC

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Grade C and BC at A Level

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit

Typical IB Offer

29 in Diploma (15 at Higher Level).

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits with 12 Distinctions, a further 18 Merits and 15 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

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.

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:  £12300 

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 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.

UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one 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. 

Admissions statement

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