Master of Osteopathy

Approved Abbreviation: MOsteo

Western Sydney University Course Code: 4580.1

CRICOS Code: 062041M

The Master of Osteopathy course is a postgraduate professional program recognised at tertiary, government and professional levels aimed to meet the professional needs of osteopaths. This course offers students the opportunity to develop strong theoretical foundations and primary health care practice skills in a range of specialisations.

The course has a strong clinical orientation with an emphasis on the application of knowledge to osteopathic health care practice. Once students have completed this Masters program, they will be eligible to apply for registration as an osteopath in a number of states of Australia.

Overseas and International students are also encouraged, as the Master of Osteopathy course is recognised in a number of countries overseas

Study Mode
Two years full-time.

Advanced standing

Applications for advanced standing will be assessed in accordance with current UWS policy.

This program was developed in close cooperation with the Australian Osteopathic Association of New South Wales (NSW), the NSW Osteopaths' Registration Board and is a recognised pathway leading to registration as an Osteopath.


Applications for the course must be made through the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC). Further information on admission to postgraduate courses is available on the Local Admissions section of the UWS website.

Applicants must hold a tertiary degree in Osteopathy. All applicants must have completed the requirements, or their equivalent, of the units offered in the undergraduate Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathic Studies)/ Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathy) degree before they can be considered for entry into this program.

Applicants who can demonstrate that they have met some but not all requirements of the Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathic Studies), will be required to take units from undergraduate award as non-award study.

International applicants should contact International Office for details on admission. Contact information for the International Office is available via the UWS website.

Course Structure

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 160 credit points including the units listed in the recommended sequence below

Recommended Sequence


Year 1

Autumn session

400426Clinical Osteopathic Medicine 1
400428Evidence Based Health Care
400427Introduction to Osteopathic Clinical Practice
400429Rehabilitation for Osteopaths

Spring session

400433Advanced Diagnostic Imaging for Osteopaths
400430Clinical Osteopathic Medicine 2
400431Diagnostic Reasoning in Osteopathic Practice
400432Osteopathic Research 1

Year 2

Autumn session

400434Clinical Osteopathic Medicine 3
400437Nutrition and Pharmacology for Osteopaths
400436Osteopathic Research 2
400435Treatment Planning in Osteopathic Practice

Spring session

400438Clinical Osteopathic Medicine 4
400440Integrative Osteopathy
400441Professional Osteopathic Management
400439Reflective Osteopathic Practice

Osteopathic Clinical Training

For registration as an Osteopath, students in the Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathic Studies) and Master of Osteopathy program are required to meet the minimum Clinical attendance and training requirements as defined by course accreditation. Osteopathic teaching clinics operate for 50 weeks per year and students are required to attend clinical sessions on a rotation basis outside the Autumn and Spring semester teaching periods to maintain a public service and provide continuity of patient care.

Osteopathic Practical Technique/ Skills Development and Clinical Training Sessions

The Bachelor of Applied Science (Osteopathic Studies) and Master of Osteopathy programs both incorporate the teaching of Osteopathic techniques/ skills and clinical training through physical contact between supervising clinicians, lecturers, students and patients of both genders and all backgrounds. This conduct is guided by protocols and codes of conduct and is a compulsory requirement of the course as it ensures that graduates are able to provide competent treatment to the public. Students entering the program must do so with an understanding that accommodations cannot be made in this area for any reason as it places the wellbeing and competent care of patients at risk.

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