About BPP University and the McTimoney College of Chiropractic 


The McTimoney College of Chiropractic is managed and operated by BPP University. All students are students of the University, programmes are internally approved by the University and graduates are awarded a degree of the University. The Masters in Chiropractic is externally recognised by the General Chiropractic Council. 

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.

MSc Animal Manipulation

The MSc Animal Manipulation programme is designed either for students who already have training in hands-on therapy (this may include a trained chiropractor, physiotherapist, or any other fully qualified and suitably experienced practitioner), for those with a BSc degree in Equine or Animal Science or for those who are a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. Students from a non-manipulative background will be expected to gain experience in 'hands-on' therapies before commencing the programme. Students who do not have formal training may submit a portfolio of certified experience for consideration.

The MSc Animal Manipulation degree is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

Year 1: Abingdon and Warwickshire College
Year 2: Remote & Warwickshire College

Start Date


Length of programme

Two-years, part-time

Modes of study

Mixed mode: practical learning, classroom


Written, practical and clinical examinations, assignments, portfolio and research protocol and dissertation

How to apply

Please contact: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk 

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Key Information

  • You will master the theory and practice of safe and competent animal adjusting
  • It will unlock opportunities for research and further postgraduate studies
  • You will learn the McTimoney technique for animals
  • For chiropractors, this programme provides a route to Membership and Fellowship of the College of Chiropractors and the Specialist Animal Faculty
  • It allows you to interpret research findings and understand the implications for animal treatment
  • Funding available through Scholarships, interest-free payment plans and Future Finance student loans^
  • You will get the benefit of monthly weekend tutorial sessions over two years
  • You will gain MSc level training in chiropractic techniques for animals
  • The programme is taught in collaboration with Warwickshire College
  • You will gain a deep understanding of your role within the animal health and welfare field and be able to communicate at a high level with other professionals in the sector
  • It will provide opportunities for personal and professional development

The programme

Validated by BPP University, the programme is taught over two years, and leads to the award of an MSc Animal Manipulation. The academic year begins in January of each year, and the annual intake is limited.

For those graduates who are chiropractors, this programme provides a route to Membership and Fellowship of the College of Chiropractors and the Specialist Animal Faculty.

Learning outcomes

The MSc Animal Manipulation is designed to give you the experience, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Treat animals safely and competently
  • Gain a deep understanding of your role within the animal health and welfare field, and how you can work with colleagues and owners
  • Be able to communicate at a high level with other professionals involved in animal health and welfare
  • Interpret research findings and understand their implication for animal treatment
  • Develop a thorough knowledge of the major legal, ethical and social implications of animal health care

Find out about the McTimoney Animal Association and McTimoney Chiropractic Association which set professional standards and a code of ethics for its members.

Course dates and duration

The MSc Animal Manipulation is a two-year course, beginning in January each year with a limited annual intake.

Methods of assessment

Students are assessed by a variety of means appropriate to the programme module. These may include written examination, projects, oral presentation and practical assessment. The aim is to build students’ knowledge and confidence so that they may progress through the programme and be ready for final assessment. The demands are both academic and practical and frequently involve the students in considered reflection upon their own experience and development. In the case of the animal programme the expectation is that students will already have a degree or equivalent qualification, and work is at postgraduate level.

The tutorial staff, Programme Leader and Programme Manager closely monitors student progress. Any difficulties encountered by the student are dealt with sensitively and remedial work is undertaken to bring the student up to the required standard. All modules are summatively assessed and constitute an essential part of the programme.

Students are kept fully informed of their progress. Most module assessments can be retaken and an appeals procedure exists for students who wish to make the Examining Board aware of any relevant extenuating circumstances. Special regulations apply to students who fail summative examinations and cost will be incurred if retakes are required. All final results are published and referred to the validating university for confirmation.

Assessment methods are constantly being evaluated and the examining and academic boards review the current methods on a regular basis.

Programme aims

The overall aim of the programme is to offer sound teaching in the theory and practice of animal manipulation, with particular emphasis on the McTimoney technique. It aims to produce safe, competent and reflective practitioners as well as encouraging opportunities for research and further postgraduate studies. The programme aims are:

  • To provide solid teaching in the theory and practice of animal manipulation
  • To create opportunities for personal and professional development
  • To contribute to the research base of this specialisation and to encourage research amongst practitioners
  • To promote animal manipulation as a safe and practical method of treating animals
  • To provide safe, competent and reflective practitioners
  • To encourage the establishment of the cohesive professional view formalised in a new professional body for animal manipulators
  • To set levels of competency and to place the work of practitioners in an ethical and philosophic context

Objectives of the programme

By the end of the programme successful students will have acquired the experience, knowledge and confidence to:

  • Provide a safe and competent animal treatment
  • Understand their role within the animal health/welfare field, together with their relationships to other colleagues and owners/carers
  • Be able to communicate with other professionals involved in the animal health and welfare field.
  • Interpret research findings and their implications for animal treatment
  • Understand the major legal, ethical and social implications of McTimoney Animal treatment

Programme progression

Each student must have satisfied the criteria of assessment and achieved the appropriate number of credits for that year before being allowed to progress to the following year. Students’ progress through the programme as shown below. At the end of the second year, students graduate with the necessary skills to become independent animal care practitioners.

  Year 1 Year 2


Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 1

Semester 2

Animal Sciences


Clinical Assessment


Clinical Evaluation




Practical & Professional Skills



Upon qualifying

Animal Manipulators must work with veterinary approval. Manipulators wishing to work abroad must refer to the governing bodies of individual countries.

Continued support

Your development is very important to us. With that in mind, our tutorial staff, Course Leader and Course Manager will be on hand to give you all the support you need. We'll do all we can to help you maintain the required standard and keep you fully informed about your progress.

Useful link

The McTimoney Animal Association (MAA) is the professional association for McTimoney Animal Practitioners. It is responsible for setting professional standards for its members and for maintaining a professional code of ethics. This site has a members section where members can stay in touch, find out about any upcoming CPD courses and relevant news, and ensure effective communication within the profession. Students will join the MAA as student members on enrolment.


Animal Sciences

Students will be able to understand the structure and function of the animal articular skeleton in the context of normal movement, able to evaluate complex scenarios associated with nutrition, pharmacological intervention and pathological processes in equine, canine and other animals and identify key clinical syndromes that impact on the normal anatomy, biomechanics and neurology of animals.

Clinical Assessment

Students will be able to evaluate and critically reflect on the application of techniques underlying psychomotor skills, normal and abnormal gait and the impact of external factors such as rider and saddle, on the normal functioning and behaviour of animals These focus on effective palpation of normal and abnormal musculoskeletal structures of equines and canines, and accurate and safe setups in preparation for adjusting techniques.

Clinical Evaluation

Students will be able to conduct a physical examination of the animal, and determine which clinical presentations would require, or benefit from, referral to another specialist.

Practice & Professional Skills

Students will be able to evaluate intervention options, demonstrate proficiency in applying adjustive techniques to animals and reflect on all aspects relating to practice management, and synthesising information gained from a wide variety of sources in order to develop an optimal and realistic operational practice.

Practical Skills I (Equine)

Practical Skills II (Canine)



Students will be able to develop a research question and produce a research dissertation.

Entry requirements


Students wishing to study the MSc Animal Manipulation will require:

• A professional qualification in chiropractic or physiotherapy which would qualify the holder for registration with the General Chiropractic Council or Health and Care Professions Council

All applicants must:

• Satisfy the interviewers of their aptitude for animal work

• Provide evidence of an up-to-date tetanus vaccination and provide adequate personal liability insurance

• Complete an examination on safe handling of animals

English language requirements

 If English is not your first language you must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each element) or equivalent, in addition to the above entry requirements, in addition to the educational background requirements. 

If you do not hold a professional qualification in chiropractic or physiotherapy you must successfully complete the Graduate Diploma in Animal Therapy programme.

If you do not think you meet the entry requirements, but have other qualifications or work experience, please contact us and we can review your options. 


Study locations

You can study for the MSc Animal Manipulation at our study centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and at Warwickshire College

McTimoney College contact details

McTimoney House
1 Kimber Road
OX14 1BZ

Tel: 03331 229 170
Fax 01235 523 576
Email: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk


Years one to two: £5,000 per year
Total fees: £10,000

Additional fees:
Registration fee to the MAA (McTimoney Animal Association) £25 per annum
Registration fee to the McTimoney College of Chiropractic (once only) £120
Animal Handling Day (including examination) £75

The entire year’s fees, plus registration fees are due on commencement

A deposit of £250 will need to be paid within 48 hours of accepting your offer, in order to secure your place.

Additional charges

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

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


Career Development Loans are also available to help you with the costs of studying.

For advice and further information on any of the above, please contact Paula Greenaway at the College, or email finance@mctimoney-college.ac.uk