Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons)

Apply now for 2019 entry. If you are not quite ready to apply, come along to one of our open days or send your enquiry to our admissions team on the form below.

Course overview

Looking for hands on learning, world-class academic staff, and exceptional career prospects? Do you want to help people improve their quality of life? Then look no further. Study to become a chiropractor at the AECC University College and you’ll be joining a rewarding and established healthcare profession.

Our hands-on undergraduate course has been designed to equip you with all the relevant theory, practical skills, and clinical experience that you'll need in order to become a competent chiropractor. That means from day one you’ll be building up clinical experience with real patient observations and case studies. In your final year of study you’ll be treating real patients under supervision in our large on-site teaching clinic which sees over 50,000 patients a year.

Our full-time course is accredited by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education. Visit our accreditation's page for full details.

Be ready to get involved. The sooner you get into the clinic and start learning patient management methods like manipulation, soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation, the more you will develop your practice. Being in a real life chiropractic environment will prepare you for your career, treating patients with musuloskeletal disorders and developing your practical skills, confidence and employability. 
The Master of Chiropractic degrees' integrated learning method will keep your brain active, learning multiple subjects at once with an emphasis on clinical application. 

With engaging lectures and tutorials on offer, you’ll be learning from some of the global leaders in the field. You’ll get access to our Virtual Learning Environment, which is full of interactive online learning opportunities such as videos, quizzes and self-study lessons to help you in your studies. Of course, there are also practical classes and lab sessions where you can learn and practice your diagnostic and therapeutic skills with our tutors who are always on hand to help.

We’re proud of our reputation as leaders of research in the fields of Chiropractic, MRI, and Ultrasound, and word gets around as over half our students come to learn with us from all over the world. Located five minutes from the beach in the lively university town of Bournemouth, our campus boasts a purpose-built training clinic, gym, labs, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, prosection facility and an extensive library.

If you’re thinking about graduation already, you might want to know that within 6 months of graduating with a Masters of Chiropractic degree you could be earning a starting salary of £27,000. Don’t take our word for it though, take a look at the UNISTATS report to find out more.

Come along to one of our Open Days. Register your interest below and experience the campus for yourself, or download our prospectus to find out more. With exciting opportunities around the corner, the future is in your hands.  

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Alternative route:
Our MSc Chiropractic offers an alternative route to a chiropractic qualification with a self-directed focus on research, data collection and analysis. You will also benefit from a two year experiential placement in our on-site chiropractic clinic. 
An MSc may be desirable if you are considering a career in research or academia, or may be preferred by some national associations.
Find out more about our MSc Chiropractic  

Key Information

Course title:
Master of Chiropractic
UCAS Code:
MChiro (hons)
4-5 years (Depending on entry year)
Study mode:
Typical offer:
UCAS Tariff points 96 (Year 0) and 128 (Year 1)
AECC University College

Course leader

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Amanda Jones-Harris

BSc, DC, MSc, DChiro, FHEA, FRCC (Ortho) - Senior Lecturer (Clinical Sciences)

Amanda is currently the Programme Leader for the first qualification chiropractic degrees and a Senior Lecturer teaching mainly orthopaedics and rheumatology. She also leads units on postgraduate Masters Programmes and the Access to Higher Education Diploma, and acts as a supervisor for MSc and PhD research dissertations.

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Course details

Looking for course details and structure? You’re in the right place. During your degree you’ll not only have access to our wide range of teaching facilities but our world-class academic staff too. Get real-world experience in our teaching clinic, make use of our specialised clinical imaging facilities, and come face to face with real human anatomy at our dedicated prosection facility.

Study time 

You can expect to spend around 20 hours a week in lectures and classes in the first 3 years. The majority of students also spend around 20 hours a week on self-directed study and clinical observations.

Need more info about learning aims and outcomes, curriculum content, teaching methods and assessment? Take a look at our Course Specification to find out more.

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How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

  • Examinations
  • Coursework
  • Practical Assessment
  • Group projects
  • Reflective reports
  • Case reports
  • Logbook/portfolio 

Key facts about our Master of Chiropractic course:

AECC University College students are among the most satisfied in the UK with overall satisfaction rates of 100% - National Student Survey 2017 data

The average salary six months after graduation is £27,000 against a UK average of £24,000 - Latest DLHE data

100% of students go on to work and/or study - Latest DLHE data

We are proud to be one of the founding institutions of the International Chriopractic Educational Collaboration (ICEC) statements which describe our commitment to a core scientific and evidence based approach to your chiropractic education

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Unit breakdown

"Observe as many chiropractors as possible. You will soon find out how diverse chiropractic can be!"

Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

You can apply through the UCAS system. Use institution code A65 and the MChiro course code B320.

Apply via UCAS for 2019 entry 

When adding AECC University College as a choice on your UCAS application, you only need to apply for year 0 or year 1. If you’re a first-time undergraduate, we’d suggest applying for year zero. If you are ultimately offered a place on the course, the Admissions team will select the appropriate point of entry based upon your predicted/achieved qualifications and can change the point of entry at this stage if necessary.

What grades do I need?

If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland

You’ll need GCSE Mathematics grade C and GCSE English grade C (or acceptable equivalents). For applicants who are undertaking reformed GCSEs, we are looking for a grade of 4 or above. The predicted or achieved grades we are looking for are listed below.

If you're applying for Year 0:

A-levels: BCC or higher. Your grades can be in any subject, though we don’t consider General Studies.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Merit Merit or above in a relevant Extended Diploma.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3 with a merit profile or above. We accept a range of different Access programmes to join us on the MChiro course. Access to Health Sciences, Access to Science, Access to Medicine, Access to Nursing would all be accepted.

International Baccalaureate: Overall grade of 28 points or higher.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: BBCCC or above from 5 Higher subjects.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Higher level, with grades H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 or above.

If you’re applying for Year 1:

A-levels: ABB or above. Your A-level subjects have to include Biology and one other science subject. We consider the following as a second science subject; Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Psychology, Sociology, Physical Education, Geography, Geology. General Studies will not be considered.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction Distinction Distinction or above in a relevant Extended Diploma. In addition we require grade B or above in A-level Biology/Human Biology.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3 - at least 30 credits must be at Distinction, and the other 15 credits at Merit. All Biology modules will need to be a Distinction grade. We accept a range of different Access programmes to join us on the Master of Chiropractic course, including: Access to Human Health Sciences, Access to Science, Access to Medicine, Access to Nursing.

International Baccalaureate: Overall grade of 34 points with Biology at Higher level with a grade of 5 or above, along with one other science subject at Higher level.

Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: Biology and one other science subject. These should both be at Advanced Higher Level, with grades AABBB or above.

Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Higher level with grades H2, H2, H3, H3, H3 or above. This should include Biology and one other science subject.

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Talk to Admissions by completing the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.


Are there any other requirements?

If you live in the UK, we’ll need a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. It’s standard for all UK students and we’ll be there to guide you through the process once you’ve applied. 

If you’re applying from outside of the UK

For those of you coming from outside the UK, take a look at our MChiro International Entry Requirements Page.

If you currently live outside the EEA (European Economic Area) you’ll need a tier-4 student visa to study here in the UK. The UKCISA (UK Council for International Student Affairs) provides country specific information on their website - check it out here.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, please click here


Course Fees

There are a lot of things to consider when applying to university, including course fees. Take a look at the course fees for the Master of Chiropractic:

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per annum
  • Home/EU - ELQ students : £14,100 per annum. You are classed as an ELQ student if you have previously completed a Masters level (NQF level 7) or higher qualification before enrolment.
  • Channel Islands and Isle of Man: £9,250 per annum
  • Overseas/EEA: £14,100 per annum

Bear in mind that the fees currently advertised by AECC University College are for the first year of the course only. We advise to budget for an increase of up to 5% for each following year. All increased fees will be posted to AECC University College's student website, so don’t worry if you forget. 

For UK/EU Students with a previous Master's degree (ELQ students) and overseas students, fees after your 1st year should not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI)

If you’re planning on applying for the tuition fee loan then make a note in your diary - to get the maximum loan of £9,250 for the 2019/20 academic year, make sure your Student Finance application is completed by the end of May 2019. You can complete your applications from March 2018, so there’s time. 

Find out more about fees and financial support for UK/European students over at the UK government website:
Advice and assistance with Student Finance

There are a few extras you’ll be needing for your Masters of Chiropractic course - your own diagnostic instruments (the example price guide £500), subject manuals, clinic attire and, of course, your all important textbooks. Our tuition fees policy and information around bursaries and scholarships can be found on our latest policies page, along with information on any expected additional costs for each of our courses. Should you have any questions on course fees please contact our admissions team on the form below.

Note: For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS). AECC University College is registered with the OfS. You can view the register here and search for our name. 


Author Image The course goes beyond what most people think chiropractic is about, I was very pleasantly surprised to be learning the sorts of things I expected medicine students or doctors/GP’s to be learning about. Ben Goodall, Master of Chiropractic, Class of 2016

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