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.
Our MSc Chiropractic is specifically designed for students currently studying a chiropractic course, but who wish to complete their studies with an 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. Learn how to improve your critical thinking, research and communication skills and utilise our specialist equipment to collect data for use in clinical and rehabilitative research. You will progress your existing research methodology knowledge by learning more complex concepts, informing your own research study which you will combine with your clinical placement in our state-of-the-art chiropractic clinic, providing you with a richly diverse patient population.
Your two-year placement will be in our on-site chiropractic clinic, a high-quality healthcare facility offering musculoskeletal care to the public. 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.
You will also undertake units aimed at teaching the fundamentals of clinical audit and research in practice, professional and ethical clinical practice, the basics of marketing and small business management and the development of your own clinical and professional development through the use of reflection, so you can become a competent, evidence-informed chiropractor.
- Course title:
- MSc Chiropractic
- MSc Chiropractic
- 2 years
- Study mode:
DC, BSc, MChiro, MEAC, FHEA - Clinical Tutor
Victoria Wheeldon graduated from AECC University College in 2005 and practiced in Yorkshire, treating both people and horses. She enjoys the challenge of general practice but has particular interest in geriatric patients as well as treating horses & rider biomechanics. She has been teaching at AECC University College since 2013 and is a clinical tutor and unit leader for the clinical internship. She is currently completing her MSc in Medical Education.
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.
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.
These units are spread across the two years.
- Clinical Internship II
- Small Business and Marketing
- Professional and Ethical Practice
- Research in Practice
- Advanced Research Methods
- Developing Reflective Practice
Students are normally expected to have successfully met all the learning outcomes at level 6 of the AECC University College MChiro course with a minimum of 2:i classification and passed the Clinic Entrance Qualifying Examination (CEQE OSLER) before they may enrol on this course. There will be a maximum allocation of 25 students accepted onto this course each year. Applications will be assessed using a gathered field once results are known to allow a fair process for internal and external applicants. Unconditional offers will be made to the students whose year 3 summative marks are a minimum of 2:i; and ranked on the basis of their aggregate mark. Applicants are encouraged to contact our admissions team if they have any questions about the suitability of their qualifications for this course.
If English is not your first language we’d be looking for one of the following:
- IELTS (academic) overall score of 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in each section
- TOEFL overall score of 79 with minimum scores of 17 in writing and listening, 18 in reading and 20 in speaking
- An undergraduate degree from a UK university
- 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
- 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 programme only. For Home/EU Students with a previous Master's degree (ELQ students) and overseas/EEA students, fees after your 1st year will not increase by more than RPI + 1% (UK Retail price index - RPI).
All fees for subsequent years will be posted on AECC University College's website.
For Home/EU students who require assistance with study costs you may be eligible to apply for a Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,609.00. Further information may be found at www.gov.uk/masters-loan.