MSc Chiropractic | AECC University College

Course - Postgraduate

MSc Chiropractic

MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)

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

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Course Title MSc Chiropractic
Qualification MSc (180 UK credits, 90 ECTS)
Study Mode Full-time
Accreditation General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE)
Duration 2 years
Start Date September Entry
Location Parkwood Campus, Bournemouth


Are you a chiropractic student who wants to achieve an MSc in Chiropractic?

If you are studying chiropractic already but would prefer to obtain a BSc and MSc for registration in your home country or want a fuller research experience from your education to propel you into postgraduate research then the MSc Chiropractic course was designed for you. This two-year full-time degree allows current chiropractic students to transfer from their course at the end of the third year of study (equivalent to achieving a BSc qualification) to complete a full master of science degree. Some international students require this qualification to practice in their home country and so we have designed this route to support you.

You will build on your previous knowledge, undertaking research or service improvement projects and academic teaching alongside managing your own patients in the AECC chiropractic clinic.

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.

Please note: This course is currently subject to periodic review.

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

Master of Chiropractic – MChiro (Hons)

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

What you will learn

In a modern healthcare profession it is vital that you have the technical knowledge and a wide range of transferable skills including critical thinking, research skills, IT skills, communication skills and the ability to undertake continuing professional development, so we provide a blended teaching and learning approach to encourage you to develop as independent learners.

Our mix of traditional and innovative learning and teaching methods, such as seminars, workshops, tutorials, practical skills classes, e-learning, videos, quizzes and self-directed study, are combined to provide you with the best learning experience.

As part of the MSc Chiropractic course you will undertake an invaluable clinical placement under the supervision, guidance and support of a multidisciplinary team where you will continue your learning through experiential and reflective clinical practice.

During the placement you will manage your own patients, discussing their care with experienced chiropractors who will supervise and guide you. This process will allow you to be challenged and to develop your critical awareness, allowing reflection on your own practice and professional development in light of contemporary clinical research.

How you will be assessed

You will be assessed through a range of methods, including essays, written exams and coursework, individual and group work, presentations and portfolios along with direct observation of procedural skills and assessment of clinical competence in a practical setting.

The full Masters degree will be awarded to students who successfully complete all 180 CATS (90 ECTS).

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.

For more information, see our course specification.

Please note: MSc Chiropractic is currently subject to periodic review

Additional information

The General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE) recognised MSc Chiropractic course, is specifically designed for students currently studying a chiropractic course, but who wish to complete their studies with a postgraduate MSc qualification. An MSc may be desirable if you are considering a career in research or academia, or may be preferred by some national associations.

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.


Dr. Humaira Khan

Course Leader

Dr Humaira Khan

MSc Chiropractic Course Lead, SOC Research Ethics Lead & Lecturer in Health Promotion and Public Health

Dr. Humaira Khan joined the AECC School of Chiropractic as Lecturer in Health Promotion. She has a background in psychology pertaining to health, wellbeing, health promotion, simulation and creativity.

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Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students are normally expected to have successfully met all the learning outcomes at level 6 of the AECC University College Master of Chiropractic – MChiro (Hons) course (or an equivalent point within another chiropractic course) with a minimum of 2:2 classification before they may enrol on this course.

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International Students

Please note to be accepted onto this course; you will also need to demonstrate that you:

  • Meet the minimum standards of English.
  • Have a completed undergraduate degree from a UK university or a completed undergraduate degree which has been taught in a ‘majority English-speaking’ country. These are: Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America

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.

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.

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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

£9,250 per annum


£16,560 per annum

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%.

For more information see Additional Costs page.

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.

Visit our student finance pages for more information on:

Fees and funding

Scholarships and Bursaries

Student finance resources

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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