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.

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

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

  • Functional Management - 10 credits
  • Junior Clinic - 10 credits
  • Chiropractic III - 20 credits
  • Clinical Neuro-orthopaedics - 20 credits
  • General Diagnosis - 20 credits
  • Research Methodology - 20 credits
  • Clinical Imaging and Diagnosis 2 - 20 credits

Year Four: Chiropractic Degree

  • Evidence Based Clinical Diagnosis and Practice - 40 credits
  • Research Project II - 10 credits (optional)
  • Contemporary Clinical and Professional - 10 credits
  • Translating Evidence into Clinical Practice - 10 credits (optional)
  • 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.


Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Additional requirements

* An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (or national equivalent, additional cost applies).

* Evidence of observation of a minimum three hours of a chiropractor in clinical practice and a statement of health is required.

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

We look for a high level of motivation and evidence of a significant level of proficiency in both numeracy and literacy. Those students without any formal qualifications should contact the University of South Wales directly. All applications are considered on an individual basis.

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer

Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level to include one A Level  but to exclude General Studies (this is equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject (this is equivalent to 112-96 UCAS tariff points).

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum score of 29 overall including 5 or above in English at standard level

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits with 12 Distinctions, a further 18 Merits and 15 Passes. Other combinations equating to 112 UCAS tariff points are acceptable

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.

Find out how to pay your tuition fees in full or by payment plan.

This course is eligible under the Enhanced Learning Credits scheme for Ex-Armed Forces personnel.

International Scholarships are available for self-funding international students.

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000

  • Full-time International:  £12600 

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC

  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

* Obligatory

Item Cost
DBS Updating Service * £13
Subscription required for each year of the course. Please note the service has to be joined within 30 days of receipt of your enhanced DBS certificate.
DBS * £57.2
This fee includes £44 for the enhanced DBS certificate, the Post Office Administration fee and the online administration fee.
Kit (Uniform and Equipment) £20
Clinical Jackets x2 in Year 5
  • UK and EU students

Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU 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 students

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

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.