Master of Chiropractic | AECC University College

Course - Undergraduate

Master of Chiropractic

MChiro (Hons) (600 UK credits, 300 ECTS)

Launch your rewarding career improving people’s quality of life as a graduate of Europe’s longest-running course for skilled and successful chiropractors.

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Course Title Master of Chiropractic
Qualification MChiro (Hons) (600 UK credits, 300 ECTS)
UCAS Code B320
Study Mode Full-time
Typical Offer UCAS Tariff points120 (Year 1)
Accreditation GCC & ECCE
Duration 4-5 years (dependant on entry year)
Institution Code A65
Start Date September Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


Our beautiful, historical campus in Dorset has been educating chiropractors to treat patients with musculoskeletal disorders since the 1960s. Today, we remain world-leading providers of undergraduate chiropractic education, thanks to our diverse, passionate and dedicated teaching faculty and cutting-edge practical facilities.

As one of our MChiro students, based in the AECC School of Chiropractic, you’ll start building your clinical experience from day one with patient observations and case studies. You will learn and practice your diagnostic and therapeutic skills through a combination of practical classes and clinical skills lab sessions, with our tutors always on hand to help. You’ll make use of our specialised clinical imaging facilities, and come face-to-face with real human anatomy at our dedicated pro-section facility. By your final year, you’ll be managing your own patients under supervision in our large on-site teaching clinic. Learning from some of the global leaders in the field, you’ll graduate with exceptional career prospects.

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Alternative routes:

Our Foundation Year for Master of Chiropractic course offers a five year route to a chiropractic qualification, providing an additional year to support students with the skills required to progress into the first year of our Master of Chiropractic – MChiro (Hons) course at the AECC School of Chiropractic.

Please note: The Foundation Year option is under currently under periodic review.

Foundation Year for Master of Chiropractic

Our MSc Chiropractic course offers an alternative route to a chiropractic qualification with a focus on research, data collection and analysis alongside academic teaching and clinical placement in our on-site chiropractic clinic. This course is for students who have successfully met all learning outcomes at level 6 of the MChiro (Hons) course and may be desirable if you are considering a career in research or academia, or may be preferred by some national associations.

MSc Chiropractic

The MSc Chiropractic (pre-registration) is an intensive, full-time degree over two years where your previous knowledge will be used to develop clinical problem solving, diagnostic and reasoning skills alongside a programme of clinical skills development.

MSc Chiropractic (pre-registration)

Course Details

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 enhance your learning by benefiting from using our dedicated prosection facility.

What you will learn

You will learn from some of the global leaders in the field.

You will 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. 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.

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


How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a combination of:

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

Study Time

Our students will spend around 20 hours per week engaged in seminars, practical skills classes and online learning plus around 10 hours per week in self-directed study.

Studying for the MChiro requires dedication and commitment, but is immensely rewarding.

Placement opportunity

In your final year of study you’ll be treating patients under supervision in our large on-site teaching clinic which sees thousands of patient contacts a year.

The student chiropractic placement will commence in the final year of your MChiro course, working under the close supervision of highly experienced clinic tutors. Having had hands on practise since day one of your education, placement students will be expected to deliver thorough, person-centred care, communicating the latest insights and knowledge to ensure the best outcomes for our patients.

Unit Breakdown

Year 1


  • Clinical Chiropractic I
  • Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning I
  • Professionalism & Psychology
  • Human Structure and Function I
  • Human Structure and Function II
  • Public Health & Health Promotion

Download Year 1 Course Units and Specifications

Year 2


  • Clinical Chiropractic II
  • Evidence Based Clinical Reasoning II
  • Diagnosis I
  • Diagnosis II
  • Human Structure and Function III
  • Human Dysfunction

Download PDF of Year 2 course units and specifications

Year 3


  • Clinical Management I
  • Clinical Management II
  • Auxiliary Therapeutics
  • Special Populations
  • Medical Imaging and Radiology
  • Interprofessional & Collaborative Practice

Download PDF of Year 3 course units and specifications

Year 4

In your final year, time is split between being on placement and your academic studies. Throughout this year you will develop as a student clinician under the supervision of qualified chiropractors and have opportunities to learn from other healthcare professionals within the University College’s multidisciplinary clinical services. You will also develop your professional identity as a chiropractor and healthcare professional, helping you prepare for clinical practice after graduation, and have the opportunity to develop in specific areas through optional units and specialist placements.


  • Clinical Practice and Placement
  • Marketing and Small Business (optional unit)*
  • Professionalism & Social Responsibility
  • Clinical Research Methods
  • Research Placement (optional unit)*

*Students must take one of the optional units

Download PDF of Year 4 course units and specifications


Course Leader

Micah Atkinson

M.Tech (Chiro), PgCert, DC - Lecturer (Clinical Sciences)

Micah is the Course Lead for the Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) course at the AECC School of Chiropractic and Unit Lead for Clinical Chiropractic 5001.

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Entry Requirements

What grades do I need?
If you’re applying from the UK or Ireland:

You’ll need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 (C) or above including English language and Maths. Key Skills/Functional Skills Level 2 in Communication and Application of Number can be accepted in place of English and Maths GCSE. For mature or non-traditional applicants consideration will be given to individual circumstances.

If you’re applying for Year 1:

(See Foundation year course page for more info on requirements for this option)

  • 120 UCAS Tariff Points.
  • A-levels: BBB or above. Your A-level subjects have to include Biology. General Studies will not be considered.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction or above in a relevant Extended Diploma with significant proportion of human biology and physiology units (please contact with details of units you are taking for confirmation of Year 1 or Foundation year entry).
  • 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.
  • Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: Biology. This should 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.
  • T Levels: Merit in all Healthcare and Science subjects or above with Grade B in B1 Core Exams. Other T Levels are not accepted.

If you have undertaken a qualification that’s not listed, it may still be considered. Get in touch with our Admissions team via email or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

Application FAQs

Is there anything else that is required?
Is there anything else that is required?

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

To gain a place on the course applicants must also successfully undergo an interview process. These interviews will be undertaken remotely via Teams. More information about this process will be provided if/when applicants are invited to the interview stage.

Please note:
You are required to have an occupational health screening prior to commencement on the course.

For more information about our admissions policies and procedures, including our Admissions Complaints and Appeals Policy, see our latest policies.

International Students
International Students

If your qualification is not listed here, please read our international entry requirements or get in touch with our Admissions team.

Please note:
To be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English.

For further information on English language requirements, please read our English language requirements. More information on permission to study in the UK can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.


Still have questions about applying?

Course Fees

Tuition Fees

UK/ROI/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year
International – £16,560 per year

Please note:
These fees are for the 2024-25 academic year only and may be subject to increase in subsequent years of study. Any increase will be in line with our Tuition Fees Policy but will not be more than 5%.

Additional course costs

Your tuition fees will cover the cost of all mandatory elements of your course. There are additional course related costs are not included in the tuition fees. So you will need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

For further fees guidance for all students at AECC University College whether full time or part time please refer to our Tuition fees policy.

Visit our student finance pages for more information on:

  • Additional Costs
  • Fees and funding
  • Scholarships and Bursaries
  • Student finance resources

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. View the register and search for AECC University College.

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