Master of Chiropractic (Including Foundation Year)

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If you want to be a chiropractor, this chiropractic course provides the appropriate clinical education and training to meet registration requirements in the UK.

This is a fully integrated undergraduate Masters chiropractic programme that is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This ensures that graduates meet national and international chiropractic accreditation standards and can register with the GCC to practise in the UK.

On our chiropractic degree you will study and understand the human body in health and disease, be able to identify abnormalities of human structure and function, and manage patients through manual methods. These include manipulation, soft tissue techniques and active rehabilitation.

Clinical experience is a major part of your chiropractic training. Elements of clinical work are introduced from the start and are carefully integrated to reinforce your academic study. Your final year is a clinical placement, during which you will treat and manage patients with musculoskeletal disorders to develop your clinical skills, confidence and employability.

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UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
79P2 Full-time 5 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
79P2 Full-time 5 Years September Treforest A

On our chiropractic degree you will study and understand the human body in health and disease, be able to identify abnormalities of human structure and function, and manage them through appropriate therapy. Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the musculo-skeletal and nervous systems and general health.

Our chiropractic degree also meets demanding international chiropractic educational standards and benefits from very advantageous funding arrangements for chiropractic students in the EU. All students on the Chiropractic programme will following core modules which include:

Chiropractors focus on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of problems to the musculoskeletal system (that’s bones, muscles and joints) and the effects of these disorders on the functioning of the nervous system and general health.

Foundation Year: Chiropractic Degree

  • Foundation Human Physiology for Chiropractors - 20 credits
  • Foundations of Professional Development in Chiropractic - 20 credits
  • Foundation Anatomy for Chiropractic - 20 credits
  • Foundation Biophysics - 20 credits
  • Foundations of Clinical Management - 20 credits
  • Foundation Chemistry - 20 credits

Year One: Chiropractic Degree

  • Clinical Physiology 1 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Anatomy - 20 credits
  • Clinical Imaging - 20 credits
  • Clinical Management 1 - 20 credits
  • Biomechanics - 20 credits
  • Behavioural Science - 20 credits

Year Two: Chiropractic Degree

  • Clinical Physiology 2 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Imaging and Diagnosis 1 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Management 2 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Diagnosis 1 - 20 credits
  • Public Health for Chiropractors - 20 credits
  • Neuroanatomy and Clinical Neurology - 20 credits

Year Three: Chiropractic Degree

  • Clinical Neuro-orthopaedics - 20 credits
  • Research Methodology - 20 credits
  • Clinical Preparation - 20 credits
  • Clinical Diagnosis 2 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Imaging & Diagnosis 2 - 20 credits
  • Clinical Management 3 - 20 credits

Year Four: Chiropractic Degree

  • Research Project - 20 credits
  • Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice - 20 credits
  • Contemporary Clinical Practice - 20 credits
  • Clinical Diagnosis and Management - 20 credits
  • Chiropractic Clinic - 60 credits

 Please note: Some modules are undergoing revalidation and may be subject to change in title and code only. 


Typically, students on our chiropractic degree will spend time each week in lectures, practicals, tutorials, laboratory or clinical work, depending on the topic.


A variety of assessment methods are used throughout each term, including short-answer in-class tests, practical tests, practical vivas, multiple-choice tests, group presentations and long-answer written tests.


Our Chiropractic programme is accredited by both the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This means graduates are qualified to apply to register with the GCC, have the ability to work in European states, and are eligible to sit entry examinations in most accredited areas worldwide.


Final year chiropractic students spend 13 months working under professional supervision in the outpatient clinic at the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic, managing the care of a wide range of patients. The student clinicians have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic modalities including DXA scans, musculoskeletal ultrasound, X-ray services and MRI.

The students also spend one week on a hospital placement at Prince Charles Hospital under the supervision of Professor Karras, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon. The hospital placement provides students with the opportunity to engage with other health professionals in a number of departments including surgery and fracture clinics.

Students are also placed with university sports teams, under supervision, during competitions and this includes external events ranging from triathlons, cycle events, tennis tournaments and professional rugby. All placement opportunities provide an enhanced student experience to prepare the student clinicians for graduate positions.


The Welsh Institute of Chiropractic (WIoC) has 18 treatment rooms, a digital X-ray suite, MRI facilities and a functional rehabilitation suite where you can apply the theoretical knowledge gained into practice.

Keep up to date with the building progress of our new Chiropractic Clinic at our Treforest campus.


We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement

At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.

If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.

Contextual offers

We may make you a lower offer based on a range of factors, including your background (where you live and the school or college that you attended for example), your experiences and individual circumstances (as a care leaver, for example). This is referred to as a contextual offer and we receive data from UCAS to support us in making these decisions. USW prides itself on its student experience and we support our students to achieve their goals and become a successful graduate. This approach helps us to support students who have the potential to succeed and who may have faced barriers that make it more difficult to access university. Here is a link to our Contextual Admissions Policy.  

Other qualifications and experience

We can also consider combinations of qualifications and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable. We can sometimes consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or advanced entry to year two or three of a course where this is possible.

To find out which qualifications have tariff points, please refer to the UCAS tariff calculator.

If you need more help or information or would like to speak to our friendly admissions team, please contact us here


Additional requirements

*An Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check on the Child & Adult Workforce and Child and Adult Barring Lists and subscription to the DBS Update Service. (Overseas equivalent required for non-uk applicants)
* Evidence of observation of a minimum three hours of a chiropractor in clinical practice.

* An IELTS (or equivalent) minimum average score of 6.0 is required for non-UK applicants.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and CD at A Level to include one A Level  but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 88 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit 

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Access to HE Diploma with a minimum of 88 UCAS Tariff points

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances. 

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.

Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course


August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

  • Full-time UK:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £15260 

August 2025 - July 2026 Fees

  • Full-time UK: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS * £55.42
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course for a yearly fee of £13. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £20
Clinical Jackets x2 in Year 5


Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

UK students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly

International and EU students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK. 

Admissions statement

Graduates of this chiropractic degree will be eligible to apply for registration with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) to legally practise as a chiropractor in the UK. There is also opportunity to apply for registration and employment in other countries worldwide. Our chiropractic courses boasts a very high employment uptake in the profession. Chiropractic is a growing profession in the UK and Europe that offers substantial opportunities. There are also career opportunities in education, or you could specialise in academia, sports medicine, rehabilitation, neurology or research.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.