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Integrated Masters ChiropracticSouthwark Campus
The bare bones of it
If you’re interested in Chiropractic, this course is an ideal route to achieve a Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro). Chiropractic is a healthcare profession concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system – and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has pledged to increase the number of chiropractors within the UK from 3,100 to 5,000 by 2025, enabling increased access for UK residents and an increased partnership with other professions allied to medicine such as physiotherapy and sports and exercise rehabilitation. You could be part of this…
Why Chiropractic at LSBU?
- Our dedicated facilities allow classroom teaching, as well as practical simulation in clinical laboratories.
- There’s no other London-Based Chiropractor course, so qualified students will be able to readily access the significant chiropractor market in and across London
- 1st in London for career prospects (Guardian League Table 2020).
- This course is accredited by the General Chiropractic Council. Successful completion of the course will enable students to register with the General Chiropractic Council as a Chiropractor.
- 1st in UK for academic support and learning opportunities (National Student Survey 2019).
During the programme, you'll study human biology and physiology in order to understand the human body in health and disease. You'll also explore the important role chiropractors have in contributing to the management, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions, and have the unique opportunity to study alongside other associated undergraduate students in Allied Health Sciences, including Physiotherapy and Sports Rehabilitation and Exercise.
Diagnostic, clinical and research skills are developed throughout the course through a range of modules. There are clinical placements that will equate to at least 1000 hours. This component is assessed through a range of case-management summaries and direct supervision.
Some compulsory skills sessions may take place in the evening.
- Concepts of Interprofessional and Collaborative Practice (IPL4)
This module introduces students to the place and value of interprofessional and collaborative working in health and social care delivery. The module aims to support the development of the necessary communication, personal, partnership working and reflective practice skills required to meet the needs of clients/carers and diverse populations who are at the centre of interprofessional health and social care delivery.
Students will work collaboratively on-line to explore and develop understanding of the purpose, scope and range of interprofessional and collaborative working. Assessment is a 3000-word submission.
- Clinical Anatomy
This module is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understand of clinical anatomy. Students will explore the relation between anatomical structures and systems and their clinical importance. They will acquire the vocabulary and terminology required to allow further study in human health care. Practical sessions will be devoted to hands-on examination of the anatomical structures. Additionally, students will have an opportunity to understand functional muscle testing and develop an appreciation of their clinical application and significance. Assessment is a written and practical examination.
- Clinical Physiology 1
This module introduces the student to the functioning of the human body. Beginning with a basic overview of human physiology, discussions will include the chemical and cellular organisation of the human body. Energy production and homeostasis within the human system will be explored. The remainder of the module will examine the functioning of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.Assessment is a written final exam.
- Chiropractic 1
This module is designed to provide the students with the biomechanical model of the human skeletal system with special emphasis spinal kinematics, motion and function relative to structure and posture. The module will cover basic principles and procedures of joint assessment including static and dynamic motion palpation, joint play and end feel. Students will become familiar with anatomical landmark location.
Additionally, the history and practice of chiropractic and its relationship to the healthcare community, both past and present will be discussed. Assessed through both a written and practical exam.
- Normal Radiographic Anatomy
This module will introduce the student to the body of knowledge relevant to radiological studies and to the skills needed to understand and interpret radiological findings for X-ray, MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, Dexa, nuclear and CT scans. Interpretation of normal radiographic anatomy of the human body including anatomical variants and anomalies using appropriate terminology will provide the students with the firm foundation for further radiographic studies. Assessed through written and online exams.
- Psychology & Behavioural Science
This module is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understand of the biopsychosocial perspective in healthcare. The nature of self-awareness, attitudes and beliefs of both the clinician and the patient are examined. Models of mental health theories and motivational interviewing are discussed. Assessment is a 3,000-word written case study.
- Appraising Evidence for Research Informed Practice (shared Learning)
This module extends students’ understanding of the concept of evidence based practice and research in practice. The module equips students with the core skills and understanding to appraise evidence and assess its appropriateness to be implemented into practice.
The steps in conducting research, main research methods, approaches to data analysis and presentation are explored. Students will be equipped with the knowledge and core skills that are pre-requisite for critical appraisal and evidence synthesis. Assessed through a 3,000-word written assignment. Students will be required to undertake a critical appraisal of an assigned article of relevance to discipline specific practice.
- General Diagnosis (History & Physical Examination)
General Diagnosis- History and Physical Assessment will introduce the student to the skills and clinical reasoning that will enable them to identify and differentiate common signs and symptoms of health problems routinely encountered in clinical practice. In this module students will acquire the skills necessary for taking an appropriate case history, and the principles and practice of physical examination of the various systems of the body. Assessment is a practical examination.
- Clinical Anatomy – Head, Neck and Neuroanatomy
This module is designed to provide the student with an in-depth understand of head and neck anatomy and neuroanatomy. Students will explore the relations between anatomical structures and systems and their clinical implications. They will also study the organisational make-up of the nervous system, the major subdivisions and their functions. Practical sessions will be devoted to hands-on examination of the anatomical structures and the relationship between anatomy and clinical assessment of the head, neck and nervous system. Assessed through both a practical and written examination. Students must pass both parts to complete module.
- Clinical Physiology II - Pathophysiology
Picking up from Year 1, this module is a continuation of the study of human physiology. The focus will be on neurophysiology, endocrinology, renal and reproductive physiology. Students will gain an understanding of how each system functions and the inter-relationship between these systems in health and disease. Assessed through a wrriten exam.
- Chiropractic II
This module provides students with the practical working knowledge and understanding of normal and abnormal biomechanics and function of the human body with particular emphasis on the spine and pelvis and related soft tissue. Segmental joint function and the mechanical properties of the spine are examined. Students will also learn a variety of manipulative techniques for the involved joint structures and how these can be used for common musculoskeletal problems. An introduction to aspects of clinical case management is included. Assessment is a practical examination.
- Clinical Imaging II – Pathologic Radiological Anatomy
This module continues introducing the student to the body of knowledge needed to understand pathological radiological studies and to the skills needed to interpret radiological findings for X-ray, MRI, and diagnostic ultrasound. Interpretation of relevant radiographic findings of the human body with emphasis on the abnormal and pathological radiographic anatomy is emphasised. Assessed by a 3,000-word essay.
- Clinical Nutrition and Public Health
This module focuses on wider determinants of health and key opportunities that exist in contemporary chiropractic practice to support health and wellbeing. It develops a detailed understanding of nutrition and homeostasis in relation to function, recovery and health and wellbeing. The importance of evidence based public health practices, initiatives and opportunities are explored within this module providing students with broader knowledge and skills that support effective interventions and case management. Assessment is a 3,000-word essay.
- Chiropractic III
This module will continue with the development of chiropractic manipulative skills applicable for out-patient clinics. Students integrate their knowledge and understanding of diagnostic criteria and clinical case management appropriate to evidenced based chiropractic treatment. Discussions will centre on a range of common and less common neuromusculoskeletal syndromes encountered in a typical chiropractic practice. Case studies are presented for student discussion. Assessed by a practical examination.
- Rehabilitation and Functional Management
This module provides the student with the clinical justification, a working understanding and practical skills needed to implement a variety of therapies that serve as adjuncts to chiropractic care and enhance patient treatment. Assessed via practical assignments.
- Clinical Diagnosis (General Diagnosis-Systems)
This module introduces the student to the skills and clinical reasoning that will enable them to identify and differentiate signs and symptoms of health problems relating to specific organs and systems of the human body. Building on GD-History and Assessment this module will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to examine the cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genitourinary systems as well as dermatological issues. Each organ and system will be reviewed and the relationship to chiropractic care explored. Assessment is a practical examination.
- Contemporary Issues in Chiropractic Practice
Covering a broad range of issues, this module will provide students with an understanding of current issues affecting chiropractic profession. The concerns and needs within public health that are current and most commonly seen in clinical practice are considered alongside issues of nutrition, mental health, microbiology and epidemiology.
The scope of professional practice will be reviewed along with the role of the UK and European statutory bodies and professional associations. The expected duties and responsibilities at graduation regarding practice standards and ethical behaviour will be discussed. The students will become familiar with the clinical procedures they are expected to know as well as the relationship between the GCC Standards of Practice and Code of Practice and how these related to clinical practice.
The module is assessed in a practical examination that needs to be passed to allow progression to the final clinical and research year and supports competency in final year students. Assessed by practical/clinical skills exam - multi-station OSCE covering all aspects of clinical practice.
- Clinical Practice Placement
This module allows students to integrate and consolidate the various aspects of clinical practice and case management. Students are supervised within the structure of an outpatient clinic, which is on the university site. Up to 100 hours of the overall clinical placement will be in external clinics to support ‘real life experience’ outside of the on-site clinic.
Students will write a self-reflective portfolio during the course of the year as a means to enhance learning and understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and patient care. Assessed by two practical exams and a Clinical Self Reflective Portfolio (completion and sign off with a minimum of 40 individual new patient clinical cases across a range of conditions).
- MSc Dissertation for Allied Health Professionals (Shared Learning Opportunity)
This module enables the student to plan and conduct an in-depth investigation of a topic that contributes to professional practice. It provides the opportunity to apply an understanding of research methods to the investigation and allows demonstration of their ability to work with relative autonomy in undertaking a sustained, in-depth piece of independent learning. It promotes the dissemination of findings to the relevant professional community. Assessment has three options: a 12,000-word dissertation (research-based project or audit); a 12,000-word dissertation on a mini systematic review; or an academic paper for a peer-reviewed Journal (5,000 words) plus literature review (5,000 words).
Because this is the only London-Based Chiropractor course, qualified students will be able to readily access the significant chiropractor market in and across London. An increasing number of chiropractors are being contracted through Any Qualified Provider schemes to deliver services to NHS patients. And once you've successfully completed the course you're eligible for registration with the General Chiropractic Council as a Chiropractor. At this point you'll be equipped to set up as an independent practitioner. In addition to private practice, chiropractors can work in a hospital setting, multidisciplinary clinics, as well as research or education.
We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.
At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:
- An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
- Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.
Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.
The British Chiropractic Association (BCA) has pledged to increase the number of chiropractors within the UK from 3,100 to 5,000 by 2025, enabling increased access for UK residents and an increased partnership with other professions allied to medicine such as physiotherapy and sports and exercise rehabilitation. Successful completion of the course will confer eligibility for registration with the General Chiropractic Council as a Chiropractor.
Teaching and learning
The teaching methods for this programme includes a blend of interactive classroom teaching, practical simulation in clinical laboratories, tutorials and exercises in small groups. There'll be extensive online resources to develop your knowledge and skills, and support your learning. You'll also have a dedicated personal tutor and access to the University’s wide range of student support services. We also try to organise the timetable so that you can take part in university sports without interrupting classes.
- A Level BBC including at least 1 science subjects and excluding General Studies or:
- BTEC National Diploma DMM in Science or:
- Access to HE Diploma in Science with 18 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 3 Passes or:
- Equivalent Level 3 qualifications worth 112 UCAS points
- Applicants must hold 5 GCSEs A-C Maths, Science and English, or equivalent (reformed GCSEs grade 4 or above).
The following additional requirements apply to this course:
- Evidence of commitment to the profession
- Evidence of having shadowed a chiropractor for a minimum of 1 day
- Passing of occupational health and Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
- Ability to meet travel requirements to attend placements
- Students from outside the UK will be required to provide a police check from their home country.
- English Language: Those whom English is not their first language must achieve a minimum score of 7.0 overall (including 7.0 in the written element and a minimum score of 6.5 in speaking, reading and listening) for the International English Language Test Score (IELTS)
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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Or, if you’d rather rent privately, we can give you a list of landlords – just ask our Accommodation Service.
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Prepare to start
Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)
All pre-registration students need to be DBS cleared before going on placement. You’ll need to have an enhanced DBS check even if you have had one before and will not be able to go on placement until this is complete.
The DBS process is not difficult but can take some time so it's best to get started as soon as you receive your email.
DBS update service
If you're part of the DBS update service, your subscription is up to date and you already have a DBS certificate, please email a copy to email@example.com and then bring in your hard copy for the document check. To take advantage of the update service, your certificate needs to be classified as 'Enhanced' and workforce must be listed as 'Adult and Child'. If you have any queries, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to complete your DBS
Our DBS supplier, Verifile, will send you an email with all the details you need to complete your DBS.
Verifile will give you instructions to log into their system and complete your personal details and information. To complete the process, you'll need your passport or driving licence and 5-year address history including dates when you moved in/out.
You can use your application number to track the progress of your DBS.
When you've finished, your Disclosure Statement will be mailed to the most recent address in your submission, so please make sure it's correct. We don't automatically receive a copy of this Statement, which is why we need you to bring it in as part of the next step.
Frequently asked questions
My Social Work friends said they need to pay. Do I need to pay?
What do I need to declare on my DBS?
Please include any and all major and minor, spent and unspent convictions, cautions, warning and reprimands, even if they relate to juvenile offences or seem trivial or unimportant. Some minor offences will not prevent you from going on placement or being offered a place on your course, but still need to be reviewed so it’s best to be honest and include everything. Also, the more information you include about any offences can help reduce the time it takes to assess them.
I’ve applied for/had a DBS in past. Do I need to do it again?
Yes, you do. You need to have an up-to-date DBS. Once you have received the email from our DBS supplier make sure you start the process straight away. All details of how to do this will be outlined in the email. If you don’t complete your DBS in the timeframe given, we may withdraw your offer even if term has already started. So it’s important that you get started as soon as you receive the email.
Why do I need an enhanced DBS check?
Government legislation requires all Higher Education Institutions who offer courses where students may come into unsupervised contact with children or vulnerable adults to have this check. These checks also help us to ensure duty of care to our students, and create a safer environment for patients seen by our students.
Who reviews my DBS?
As part of the University’s admissions process, declarations of any offence may be referred to a virtual panel made up of senior managers from partner NHS Trusts and/or other sectors within Health and Social Care. Any DBS that is considered by the panel will be anonymised. The panel members then deliberate and make a recommendation whether the application be rejected, accepted or request further information or documents.
When will I hear back from the panel about my DBS?
If you have declared an offence, we might ask for more information from you in writing which will help the panel make a decision. Once your declaration has been referred to the panel it can take up to 28 working days to be processed.
Which address do I use?
You need to put your current address on your DBS application because this is where your Statement will be mailed. If you’ve moved house between submitting and receiving your DBS, make sure you have mail forwarding set up so that you’ll receive your statement. If you’ve moved recently, make sure you have proof of your new address (such as a new bank statement) to bring for your document checks.
I’ve lost my statement. What do I do?
If you’ve lost your statement you will need to pay £46 to purchase a new one.
I’ve had my application rejected due to my DBS declaration/disclosure. Can I appeal the decision?
Yes. If your application has been rejected due to your DSB declaration/discloser, you will be sent a letter to confirm this. There will be instructions in the letter about how you can appeal and which supporting information you need to provide. Once a decision has been made you will receive a letter from the School Executive Team.
Once you have completed the online part of the DBS process, you'll need to bring your DSB Statement along with three accepted documents from this list to be verified at either our Southwark or Havering campus. Document checks can be completed for free at either campus, no appointment is necessary.
If you cannot get to either of our campuses, you can have your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a small fee.
Document check on campus
Southwark: Southwark Student Help Desk in the K2 building Monday – Friday between 9am-11am or 1pm-4pm
Havering: come to reception at Havering Monday – Friday between 8:30-10:30am, 12-2pm, 4-5pm
Document check at the Post Office
If you’re not able to come to campus, you can get your documents checked and certified at the Post Office for a fee of £10.50. To do this, make photocopies of your three accepted ID documents and take your DBS form, copies and originals of your documents to the Post Office. The Post Office will stamp the form and photocopies and given them back to you. Email your post office receipt, stamped form and stamped documents to email@example.com.
Occupational Health (OH)
An exciting part of many of our Health and Social Care courses is the opportunity to learn off-campus and work with patients, clients and/or service users. Before you start, we need to make sure that you have the correct levels of immunisations.
The first part of your occupational health check is to complete the online questionnaire which our occupational health provider will review.
The second part of your occupational health check is to get any inoculations that you may need from your GP. When attending your GP appointment, please take printed copies of these two documents with you.
Occupational Health appointment
After these steps are complete you will receive an email from OHWorks Ltd inviting you to attend an appointment on-campus with an Occupational Health Nurse. These appointments take place during the week and sometimes when your classes have already started.
The OH team have prepared this guide (PDF File 322 KB) which outlines what to expect at each stage. If you have queries or concerns about your Occupational Health clearance or inoculations please contact the Occupational Health team.
Frequently asked questions
I don't want to get vaccinations. Can I opt out of these?
We have a duty of care to students and patients and so need to make sure you have the correct level of immunisation before you go on placement. You won’t be able to go on placement if you don’t have this or are not OH cleared.
My local GP doesn’t have my vaccination history. What should I do?
Contact the OH team at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be able to advise you.
What if I can’t make my OH appointment?
Please contact the OH team to reschedule at least 48 hours in advance. Remember that you won’t be able to go on placement until you’re cleared.
I’ve already registered with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit (DDS). Do I still need to tell the OH Nurse about my condition?
Yes. Tell the OH Nurse about all conditions including specific learning difficulties even if you’ve declared these in the past. This will allow us to make reasonable adjustments whilst you’re on placement.
If I’ve declared a condition to the OH Nurse, do I need to register with LSBU’s Disability and Dyslexia Support Unit as well?
The information you share with the OH Nurse will be treated with confidence, meaning that it won’t be automatically shared with the DDS team. The DDS team can help you to receive support for your lectures, assignments and exams so it’s worth to register with them and provide evidence of your condition if you need this support.
Before starting your course, you may want to check or practice your numeracy skills. The National Numeracy Challenge is a free online tool that helps you learn, revise and quiz your essential numeracy skills. You’ll also be able to get a certificate to show your efforts.
Enrolment and Welcome Week
Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our new students pages.
We plan this course to make sure you complete the required number of hours in both theory and practice (not less than 1000 hours in assessed clinical practice). Practice learning opportunities will be in placements in local clinics, community, private and voluntary sector agencies as appropriate for the delivery of chiropractic focused clinical provision. A variety of theory and practical assessments assess and grade learning throughout the programme. You must achieve the requisite academic credit (and specified practice hours and competencies) in order to graduate and professionally register as a Chiropractor.
Your holiday periods will not follow the normal University timetable because of placements. You’ll receive more details once you start your course.
Fees and funding
Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.
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Possible fee changes
The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any government guidance or decisions.
The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of inflation up to 4 per cent.
We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on our scholarships page.