Master of Chiropractic (MChiro)

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is part of the College of Health. Awarded by Ulster University, the Master of Chiropractic (MChiro) programme is recognised by the General Chiropractic Council as a pathway for acceptance onto the Register of Chiropractors.  It is also recognised by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE).

There are two routes to the MChiro:

  • A 4-year programme, commencing in September each year. This programme follows a standard academic delivery, with studies delivered during the week. There are three years of academic and practical studies, followed by a clinical year.
  • A 5-year programme commencing in January that is particularly focussed on those who wish to continue working while studying.  There are four years of academic and practical studies, followed by a clinical year.

Students should note that programmes may be subject to change, for example, due to a recommendation or directive of the General Chiropractic Council.  We will endeavour to keep any changes to the programme to a minimum and to keep you informed appropriately.  Where changes to the programme are significant, we will provide you with written notice of the change.  We will use reasonable endeavours to consult any students who may be affected by the change before deciding to proceed. For more details, please see the College of Health terms and conditions.


Sessions are intensive and involve lectures and practical training. All practical training is delivered by practising chiropractors, with scientific and medical knowledge being delivered by specialists in these areas who may also be chiropractors.  Residential schools take place at the College in Abingdon, and involve academic, practical and clinical components.

The early years of the programme introduce the student to a wide range of practical and academic learning. Students gain academic knowledge enabling them to understand the systems and working of the human body, and the practical skills in assessment and diagnosis of patient presentation.

The pre-Clinic years extend the student’s knowledge and abilities academically and in practical and professional terms. Modules in clinical medicine, diagnosis and research methods, as well as extensive practical and clinical hours, prepare the students for their clinical assessments just prior to entering Clinic.  Students are also introduced to the business and professional commitments of professional registrants of a statutory body.

Throughout each year, students follow a programme of personal and professional development that introduces concepts of professionalism and which enables them to cope with the demands of personal growth initiated by the programme.

Clinic training is delivered through clinics currently operating in Abingdon and Manchester. The clinics are regularly audited to ensure the continuity of training and student support. Student involvement in the College’s training clinics starts in Year 1 and is fully developed in the final year.  Under supervision, students manage their own list of patients to fulfil specific patient contact requirements.

Attendance at the College’s training clinic on a frequent basis will therefore be necessary, and students living some distance away should bear this requirement in mind when applying to join the programme.

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