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MSc Chiropractic

This alternative route to your chiropractic qualification promotes a self-directed focus on research, data collection and analysis whilst you benefit from a two year experiential placement in our on-site chiropractic clinic.

Course overview

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.

Through our MSc Chiropractic course you will build on your practical skills and knowledge to develop your assessment and management of chiropractic patients.

You will learn more about research, progressing your existing research methodology knowledge, which will inform your own research study. To help you complete your research you will be allocated a research supervisor and have access to specialist equipment and software to collect and analyse data. 

Your two-year placement will be in our on-site chiropractic clinic, a high-quality healthcare facility offering musculoskeletal care to a richly diverse patient population. Here you will gain hands-on clinical experience under direct supervision of experienced and registered clinical tutors, including chiropractors and other healthcare professionals. Your self-directed study will be enhanced by your real-world experience, where you will interact, engage and work with other healthcare practitioners, growing your knowledge and confidence in a supportive, challenging and caring environment. 

Observations with other allied health professions will allow you to contextualise the role of chiropractors within the wider health community and will be arranged by our course team, alongside you being able to arrange your own observational opportunities from which you can learn and reflect.

In addition, you will study clinical audit and the use of research in clinical practice. You will develop your understanding of professional and ethical clinical practice and develop as a professional through reflection. You will also learn the basics of marketing and small business management. All of your study will culminate in you being able to practice as a competent chiropractor who is able to practice in a patient centred and evidence-informed way, and who is able to undertake continuing professional development. 

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

How do I apply?

Applications to the MSc Chiropractic course are now open, please follow the link below to our online application system.

Applications close end of summer 2023

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Key Information

Course title:
MSc Chiropractic
MSc Chiropractic
2 years (September start)
Study mode:
General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE)
AECC University College

Course leader

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Dr. Amanda Jones-Harris

BSc, DC, MSc, DChiro, FHEA, FRCC (Ortho) – Associate Professor

Amanda is an Associate Professor in the AECC School of Chiropractic. She qualified as a chiropractor from AECC University College in 1993 and after 10 years in clinical practice, returned to teach. She is currently the Education Lead and Academic Quality Assurance Lead for the school, as well as teaching on both undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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Course details

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 lectures, 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 internship under the supervision, guidance and support of a multidisciplinary team where you will continue your learning through experiential and reflective clinical practice.

During the internship you will discuss your patient management, providing the best available evidence and reasoning in supporting your choices as a healthcare professional. This process will allow you to be continuously challenged and pushed in your critical awareness, allowing reflection on your own beliefs and opinions in light of contemporary clinical research. 

Explore the meaning of professional practice and apply your improved reflective and research skills to these concepts, alongside developing, designing and implementing your own research to explore the field of scientific data collection within the modern healthcare arena.

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, portfolios, Objective Structured Long Examination Record (OSLER), 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 240 CATS (120 ECTS).

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

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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


Unit breakdown

Gain the practical research skills and experience to go on to a rewarding career as a chiropractor.

Entry Requirements

Key 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:i classification and have passed our Clinic Entrance Qualifying Examination (OSLER) before they may enrol on this course. 

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

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.


Course Fees

Our current course costs for the MSc Chiropractic full time course for 2022 entry are per annum and are shown below.

UK/ROI/Channel Islands

£9,250 per annum


£15,774 per annum

Please note that these fees are for the 2023-24 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%.

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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.

Our tuition fees policy can be found here on our latest policies page.

Please visit our student finance pages for more information on additional costs and fees/funding.

Should you have any questions on course fees please see our Fees and Payment Information page or contact our admissions team on the form below.

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