MSc Chiropractic (pre-registration) | AECC University College

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MSc Chiropractic (pre-registration)

MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)

Advance your career and contribute to the development of musculoskeletal care with this accelerated route to registration as a qualified chiropractor.

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Course Title MSc Chiropractic (pre-registration)
Qualification MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)
Study Mode Full time
Typical Offer 2:2 degree in a relevant subject
Accreditation General Chiropractic Council (GCC)
Duration 2 Calendar years
Start Date January Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


Are you a health sciences professional looking to take your career improving the quality of people’s lives in a new direction? If you already hold a minimum BSc degree in a health sciences subject, this two-year full-time degree could be the perfect opportunity for you to build on your existing knowledge of the human body, structure, function and disease, enabling you to register as a qualified chiropractor upon graduation.

Since the 1960s, we’ve been famous for educating chiropractors and we remain world-leaders in the field, known for our teaching expertise and cutting-edge practical facilities. As an MSc Chiropractic student, you will learn about signs and symptoms of disease, pathology and clinical reasoning through a series of clinical cases. Patient contact will be central to your learning experience and from the start of your course, you’ll spend time in our on-site clinic, observing and developing your skills in diagnosing and managing patients. You’ll complete two clinical placements, enabling you to put your learning into practice in a supervised clinical setting.

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Alternative routes:


Our Master of Chiropractic course offers a four year route to a chiropractic qualification.

Master of Chiropractic – MChiro (Hons)

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.

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Course Details

Why study for MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) at AECC University College?

The MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) is a two year full time course which will develop safe, competent and effective chiropractic clinicians from a pool of individuals representing a range of experiences across the healthcare continuum.

As primary contact practitioners, graduates from the course will need to possess sound clinical reasoning skills, act autonomously and independently in a modern, collaborative healthcare environment, cognisant of the high standards of care expected of them and the many obligations and requirements of professional health provision in the 21st century.

As well as the specialist knowledge and understanding of neuromusculoskeletal health required for chiropractic care, the programme also aims to ingrain graduates with the psychomotor, communication and critical appraisal skills vital for the developing professional. In addition, one of the core aims of the course is to ensure graduates can work effectively with others across the health and social care domain as well as make a valuable contribution to the future development of the chiropractic profession.

The AECC University College is the longest established chiropractic training institution in Europe with over 50 years’ experience in the profession. Our dedicated team of scientists, researchers and clinicians will use your existing knowledge and skills and enhance these to develop the patient assessment and management tools required for professional practice. You will be exposed to clinical practice from the first year of the course in our onsite clinic, reflecting on your own personal and professional development needs.

Structure of study with key unit highlights

The MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) will require students to reflect on their own knowledge and identify areas for improvement so a large part of the student’s development will come from their own study. However, you will still attend seminars and clinical skills classes to develop your knowledge and skills of diagnosis and patient management.


Assessments will comprise practical skills assessments, clinical portfolios, written exams, coursework and a research dissertation – a piece of original research (or a piece of research).

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

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MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) Clinical Placement Units and Clinical Placement Additional Information

Within the MSc Chiropractic (Pre-reg) course there are two Clinical Placement units that are integral to development of the clinical competence and professionalism expected of a chiropractor. These units, and their associated clinical placements, enable you to learn in an experiential manner through authentic simulated clinical experiences and within a supervised clinical setting with real patients, integrating and developing the learning from other units within the course.

As these units each contain a substantial clinical placement, the contact and learning hours for these units are much higher than a typical university unit, but they are consistent with the expectations for experiential learning for first qualification chiropractic courses and their successful completion is a requirement to complete the MSc Chiropractic (Pre-reg) course and register as a chiropractor.

Clinical placements extend across the summer periods as indicated within the document below.

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This course is currently subject to approval

We are committed to ensuring that the curriculum, teaching and learning methods and forms of assessment for our courses are up to date, to maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of learning opportunities for students. This course is currently subject to approval which may mean that some changes are made before the course starts in September 2024.

Please note: This course is currently subject to approval.


Course Leader

Mustafa H. Agaoglu, B.S., D.C., FRCC

Lecturer in Chiropractic and MSc Chiropractic Pre Registration Course Lead

Mustafa joins the School of Chiropractic as a chiropractic lecturer and as the MSc Chiropractic Pre Registration Course Lead. His role will be to assess clinical education to chiropractic and other health professional students across school’s foundation, pre-registration and post-graduate frameworks.

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Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

How to Apply

Applications for this course are now open.

The application deadline for this course is 30 September 2024.*

Please note: Applications may close before the expected deadline if places are filled.

For general questions on MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) entry requirements or to register your interest in the course please use the contact form below.

What qualifications do I need?

What qualifications do I need?

Normally a first or second class (2:1 or 2:2) BSc (Hons) degree in a relevant health science-based subject.
Examples of relevant subjects include medicine, nursing, occupational health, osteopathy, physiotherapy, sports therapy or rehabilitation. Other, relevant, degrees may be considered on an individual basis.

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.

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

If you’re not sure about anything listed here, talk to our Admissions team on the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

International Students
International Students

Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you meet the minimum standards of English. For this course, applicants are required to achieve the equivalent of an IELTS (academic) score of 7.0 or above with no less than 6.0 in each section.

If your qualification is not listed here, please take a look at our international entry requirements page or get in touch with our admissions team on the form below.

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 see the dedicated English language requirements page. More information on permission to study in the UK, can be found on our Visas and Immigration page.

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

For general questions on the MSc Chiropractic (Pre-registration) qualification or to register your interest in the course, please use the contact form below.

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Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Chiropractic full time course for 2024 entry are per annum and are shown below.

UK/ROI/Channel Islands

£10,548 per annum


£18,816 per annum

International students will be required to pay a non-refundable £1,000 tuition fee deposit to secure their place on the course. These deposits will need to be paid by November 30th 2024 and more details will be provided in your offer email. Further details about how to make this payment can be found on our Fees and Funding Information page.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

Please note that 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%.

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 and search for our name.

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

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Why choose AECC University College

There are many benefits to studying at AECC University College, from our expertise and history in teaching health sciences, to our state-of-the-art facilities, on-site clinical training, and of course our location on the beautiful Bournemouth coast.

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