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The Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) brings together academic, practical and clinical components to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to become a practising chiropractor.

Master of Chiropractic (MChiro):  UCAS B320

The Master of Chiropractic(MChiro), awarded by Ulster University, is delivered by the McTimoney College of Chiropractic, which is part of the College of Health. The Masters of Chiropractic is externally recognised by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).

Students will learn the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic, preparing them for the chiropractic profession with a recognised degree. Chiropractors need to perform well in a clinical environment and we are able to combine the academic excellence of a university with the real-life focus of a professional environment.

The Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) brings together academic, practical and clinical components to equip you with the essential skills and knowledge to become a practising chiropractor.

There are two routes available to you: the four-year option follows an intensive academic route, perfect for students coming straight from college or A-Levels. The five-year option has an element of flexibility and is best suited to those who plan to work while studying or are considering a career change.

The Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) is specifically designed to give you the necessary skills, knowledge and hands-on experience needed to become a safe and competent Chiropractor.

The four-year full-time programme is perfect if you are coming straight from A-levels or equivalent, and includes three years of intensive academic and practical studies, with full-time clinic work in year four. The five-year part-time programme has been specifically designed for adult learners and allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

Why choose the Master of Chiropractic (MChiro)?

  • High lecturer-to-learner ratio in technique classes
  • Manage your own list of patients under supervision
  • Gain knowledge and confidence from expert and relevant tutors
  • Complete a dedicated business skills module in your final year that focuses on setting up your own practice
  • All hands-on training is taught by practising Chiropractors
  • Learn a broad range of practical techniques and skills
  • Experience clinical work from the first year

How the programme is taught

The Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) blends intensive academic studies (both in the classroom and online) with practical training. With a high staff-student ratio, practising chiropractors teach all the practical elements, and all scientific and medical knowledge is taught by the relevant qualified specialists.

Clinical training is provided at clinics based near Oxford in Abingdon and central Manchester. The training starts in year one and is fully developed in the final year, where you'll manage your own patient list under supervision.


  • Assignments
  • Exams
  • Group presentations
  • Practical assessments
  • Structured clinical exams

You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including written exams, projects, oral presentations and practical assessments, depending on the module and stage of development. You will also be encouraged to reflect and feedback on your own experiences, learning and development.

If required, we can assign a mentor to help guide you through the programme, and most module assessments can be retaken in extenuating circumstances.

Academic Modules

The qualification is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and confidence in chiropractic.

Employability and Progression

Ulster University, approved by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC) and European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).

The Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) has been formally recognised by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), which means you can then go on to apply for registration as a chiropractor. Please note, as well as the necessary qualifications, you will also be expected to show you are in good health – both mental and physical – and demonstrate good character to the Registrar. We recommend that you let us know of any health issues or criminal convictions at your interview, so that we can pass on any appropriate advice.

The four-year full-time and five-year part-time Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) programmes are also both accredited by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This means you have the ability to work in European states that recognise the ECCE and are eligible to sit entry examinations in most accredited areas worldwide. We advise all applicants to check in advance the legal status of any countries or states that may be of interest to them.

As a registered chiropractor, you will be required to undergo Continuing Professional Development (CPD) every year.

Entry Requirements

For more information about the programme please call 01235 468575 or email

A Level

Minimum of CCC in 3 subjects

To include 2 science subjects: Biology plus any other science including Chemistry, Psychology, Physical Education, Mathematics or Physics.

Access Diploma in Heath

120 credits at level 3 with a merit profile or above.

We accept a range of related pathways including Access to Human Health Sciences, Access to Science, Access to Medicine or Access to Nursing.

BTEC Extended Diploma

Minimum of Merit Merit Merit (MMM) in a related pathway, including:

  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science (Medical Science)
  • BTEC Extended Diploma in Applied Science

Get more information on Access Diploma in Health

Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers

BCCCC minimum to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology at grade B or higher.

International Baccalaureate

Minimum of 26 points overall with Higher Level grades no less than 5 to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology.


Minimum 5 GCSEs at grade C or above which must include English and Mathematics.

For reformed GCSEs we accept a minimum of grade 4.

Other qualifications

We will consider applicants who possess:

  • A recognised and equivalent vocational, industry or professional qualification and/or experience.
  • To apply following the Accredited Prior Experience and Learning (APEL) procedure.
  • Excluded subjects: General Studies.

If English is not your first language

If English is not your first language and you do not hold an honours degree that was delivered in English, you will be required to provide certified proof of ability in written and spoken English to, at least, IELTS 6.0 0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component).

Entry Test

We reserve the right to ask you to sit an entrance exam.

If you have other qualifications or relevant work experience with qualifications, please contact us to discuss your options.


  • No offers are made without interview.  Candidates will be selected to progress to interview based on the qualifications, work experience, personal statement and reference provided in their application. Interviews take place throughout the year.
  • Applicants called for interview are assessed by a panel for their sense of vocation, motivation and qualities of determination and aspiration.

Disclosure and Barring Services

All students will have to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check in order to be fully registered on the programme for which a charge will apply.

All offers made will therefore include a condition relating to a satisfactory criminal record check.  We also consider it important that an applicant’s values and attitudes are aligned to those reasonably expected of the Chiropractic Profession.

Health and Wellbeing

As this qualification leads to registration with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC), if you have a disability, you are advised to read the information on the General Chiropractic Council website.

Financial Information

The College of Health offers a range of different payment options for the Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) – so you can choose to fund your studies via a student loan or if self-funding you can pay the full amount up-front or in instalments, through a payment plan.

Programme Fees

  • 4 Year full-time MChiro Programme (Domestic): £9,000 per year
  • 4 Year full-time MChiro Programme (International): £15,000 per year
  • 5 Year part-time MChiro Programme (Domestic): £6750 per year

Additional Fees

  • If you are self-funding, your first instalment will be due two weeks before the programme commences.
  • If you are funding your fees through the Student Loans Company, please email a copy of your SLC confirmation letter to your Service Representative (
  • Registration fee to the McTimoney College of Chiropractic - Once only: £15
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - Once only, currently: £52

In addition to your programme fees, there may be additional charges associated with your studies, which include:

  • The purchase of textbooks, tunics, materials and travel to external venues
  • Clinical diagnostic equipment will need to be purchased prior to entering the Clinic year (this equipment is also available to rent from the College).
  • Resit fees for assessments £75
  • Resit fees to repeat a 15-credit module £400
  • Resit fees to repeat a 20-credit module £530
  • Resit fees to repeat a 30-credit module £800
  • Resit practical assessment fee £100
  • Resit clinical assessment fee £250

Undergraduate Loans

UK residents applying for McTimoney College of Chiropractic MChiro programmes can apply for undergraduate Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility).

You can apply for a full tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £9,000 (full-time 4 Year MChiro Programme) or £6,750 (part-time 5 Year MChiro Programme) per academic year.

Please note, if at any point during your studies you change modes of study or the speed at which you complete your studies, we will be required to notify the Student Loans Company as this may have funding implications.

For more information, please visit the Student Loans Company website.

Flexible Payment Plans

For further details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the McTimoney College of Chiropractic Student Admissions team.

Contact us

For more information about the programme please call 01235 468575 or email