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Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons)

Become a chiropractor, make a difference and help people improve their quality of life with our Master of Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons).

Course overview

Looking for hands on learning, world-class academic staff, and exceptional career prospects? Do you want to help people improve their quality of life? Then look no further. Study to become a chiropractor at the AECC University College and you’ll be joining a rewarding and established healthcare profession.

This course has been designed to equip you with all the relevant theory, practical skills, and clinical experience that you'll need in order to become a competent chiropractor. That means from day one you’ll be building up clinical experience with real patient observations and case studies. In your final year of study you’ll be treating real patients under supervision in our large on-site teaching clinic which sees over 50,000 patient contacts a year.

GCC Approved



During your study you’ll also make use of our specialised clinical imaging facilities, and come face to face with real human anatomy at our dedicated prosection facility. There are practical classes and lab sessions where you can learn and practice your diagnostic and therapeutic skills with our tutors on hand to help. Your study will be split between lectures, labs and classes along with directed and self-directed study and clinical observations.

Be ready to get involved. The sooner you get into the clinic and start learning patient management methods like manipulation, soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation, the more you will develop your practice. Being in a real life chiropractic environment will prepare you for your career, treating patients with musculoskeletal disorders and developing your practical skills, confidence and employability. The Master of Chiropractic degrees' integrated learning method will keep your brain active, learning multiple subjects at once with an emphasis on clinical application.

With engaging lectures and tutorials on offer, you’ll be learning from some of the global leaders in the field. You’ll 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. Of course, 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.

If you’re thinking about graduation already, you might want to know that within 6 months of graduating with a Masters of Chiropractic degree you could be earning a starting salary of £27,000. Don’t take our word for it though, take a look at the UNISTATS report to find out more.

Most graduates go on to work as chiropractors in private clinics, but there are other opportunities available. Some graduates go on to develop a specialist interest in a particular field such as sports or paediatrics, or go into careers as researchers or lecturers.

Our full-time Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) course is accredited by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education. Visit our accreditation's page for full details.

Alternative route:

Our MSc Chiropractic offers an alternative route to a chiropractic qualification with a self-directed focus on research, data collection and analysis. You will also benefit from a two year experiential placement in our on-site chiropractic clinic. An MSc may be desirable if you are considering a career in research or academia, or may be preferred by some national associations.

Key Information

Course title:
Master of Chiropractic
UCAS Code:
MChiro (hons)
4-5 years (Depending on entry year)
Study mode:
Typical offer:
UCAS Tariff points 96 (Gateway year) and 128 (Year 1)
General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE)
AECC University College

Course leader

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Dr. Micah Atkinson

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

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

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Course details

Looking for course details and structure? You’re in the right place. 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.

Study time 

Our students will spend around 20 hours per week engaged in lecture content, seminar classes and practical teaching classes and around 15 hours per week in self-directed study.  Studying for the MChiro requires dedication and commitment, but is immensely rewarding.

Need more info 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're assessed

You’ll be assessed through a combination of:

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

First Chiropractic College in Europe

We were the first chiropractic college in Europe having been founded in 1965. 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


Student Case Studies

Student story - Master of Chirorpactic

Second Year student, Carolin Pfenning from Germany discusses the support she has received from her tutors while studying at the University College and about the aspects of her course she has enjoyed most so far, including the on-site facilities which have allowed her to put the theory she has learnt into practice.

She says: “I really like all the facilities we have on campus and especially used the dry lab, the Chiropractic Clinic and the Ultrasound Clinic. Studying in the dry lab with models really helped me to picture the knowledge in my head and visualize when I am working with my friends in practical class where bones are and how a joint is moving.” Read Carolin’s story here.

Study story - Master of Chiropractic

International student, Erik Martens moved to Bournemouth from The Netherlands to study the Master of Chiropractic course at AECC University College. He is currently in his final year of studies and a keen advocate for our School of Chiropractic. He tells us what initially drew him to AECC University College, what his highlights have been and why he is proud to study with us.

He says: “I chose to study Chiropractic at AECC University College after attending an Open Day – I walked through the doors and fell completely in love with the place. Not just the way it looked, but with the overall vibe, I felt so incredibly comfortable and just needed to be a part of it all.” Read Erik's story here.

Unit breakdown

"Observe as many chiropractors as possible. You will soon find out how diverse chiropractic can be!"

Entry Requirements

How do I apply?

You should apply through UCAS. The MChiro course code is B320. Please note that you should only use one choice. If/when we make an offer of study, we will assign the most appropriate point of entry based on your academic profile. Please select either year 1 or Gateway year on your application.

Please note: Masters in Chiropractic with gateway Year - MChiro (Hons) is currently subject to periodic review

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.

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.

If you're applying for the Gateway year:

  • 96 UCAS Tariff points
  • A-levels: CCC or higher. Your grades can be in any subject, though we don’t consider General Studies.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 credits at level 3 with a merit profile or above. We accept a range of different Access programmes to join us on the MChiro course. Access to Health Sciences, Access to Science, Access to Medicine, Access to Nursing would all be accepted.
  • International Baccalaureate: Overall grade of 28 points or higher.
  • Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers: BBCCC or above from 5 Higher subjects.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Minimum of 5 subjects at Higher level, with grades H3, H3, H3, H4, H4 or above.
  • T Levels: Merit in any T-Level subject.
  • We welcome learners from non-traditional backgrounds and will consider individual circumstances where appropriate.

Please note: Masters in Chiropractic with gateway Year - MChiro (Hons) is currently subject to periodic review


If you’re applying for Year 1:

  • 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 Gateway 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 by completing the form below or call us on 01202 436200 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.

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.

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

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.

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

International Students 

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.


Course Fees

Tuition fees 

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

International - £16,560 per year

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%.

Additional Course Costs

Additional costs are mandatory or optional costs which students will need to meet in order to fully participate in and complete their course. Students will need to budget for these costs separately as they are not included in the overall Tuition Fee they (or their sponsor) are charged.

Masters in Chiropractic - MChiro (Hons) ADDITIONAL COSTS 

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

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. View the register and search for AECC University College.

Author Image The course goes beyond what most people think chiropractic is about, I was very pleasantly surprised to be learning the sorts of things I expected medicine students or doctors/GP’s to be learning about. Ben Goodall, Master of Chiropractic, Class of 2016

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