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.

Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro) 

Our Masters in 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 route 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. Our five-year programme has been specifically designed for adult learners and allows you to fit your studies around other commitments.

The McTimoney College of Chiropractic offers a four-year (full-time) and a five-year (full-time extended) integrated Masters in Chiropractic, both of which are accredited by the General Chiropractic Council (GCC). This means that you are qualified to apply to register with the GCC, the statutory body regulating Chiropractic in the UK.

The four-year programme is also accredited by the European Council on Chiropractic Education (ECCE). This means that 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.

The Masters in Chiropractic (MChiro) is awarded by BPP University.

Programme details

Abingdon (Oxfordshire) for four and five-year programmes, Manchester for five-year programme

Start Date

September (four,years, full-time)
January (five-years, full-time extended)

Length of programme

Four-years, full-time
Five-years, full-time extended

Modes of study

Classroom, practical labs and clinic


Assignments, exams, group presentations, practical assessments and structured clinical exams

How to apply

All applications for full-time undergraduate programmes should be made online through UCAS: ucas.com

Four year programme code: B320

Five year extended code: BH20

^ Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Key Information

  • There is a very high lecturer-to-student ratio in technique classes
  • You will manage your own list of patients under supervision
  • You will gain knowledge and confidence from expert and relevant tutors
  • You will 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
  • You will learn a broad range of practical techniques and skills
  • You will experience clinical work from the first year
  • Funding is available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company (slc.co.uk for eligibility criteria and application form) and Future Finance student loans^

Your degree

Our Masters in 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.

Teaching the MChiro

The MChiro is a mix of intensive academic studies and 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 highly-qualified specialists.

Clinical training is provided at clinics based at Abingdon, close to Oxford and 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.

MChiro course materials

To help you get the best learning experience, we use the latest facilities and technology. BPP University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), our student intranet, features a variety of resources and revision aids.

You will also be provided with hand-outs during lectures and recommended reading lists.


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 course, and most module assessments can be retaken in extenuating circumstances.

After graduation

Once you've completed the course, you'll be awarded the MChiro by BPP University, approved by the General Chiropractic Council.

Our 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.

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

Key Information Sets about this programme

Key Information Sets (KIS) are comparable sets of information about full or part-time undergraduate courses and are designed to meet the information needs of prospective students.



• Behavioural Science
• Biomedical Sciences
• Chiropractic Studies
• Clinic
• Clinical Management
• Clinical Medicine
• Clinical Neurology
• Clinic Studies
• Human Function
• Musculoskeletal Medicine
• Neuroscience
• Philosophy
• Research


Entry requirements

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 to HE Diploma
45 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 
BTEC Extended Diploma in Health & Social Care 
Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers BCCCC minimum to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology at grade B or higher.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Minimum of 26 points overall with Higher Level grades no less than 5 to include 2 science subjects one of which must be Biology 

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

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

For reformed GCSEs we accept a minimum of grade 4.
If English is not your first language

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

For reformed GCSEs we accept a minimum of grade 4.
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 Service (DBS)

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.  Further information can be found by following the link.  

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 document entitled ‘Becoming a Chiropractor: A Guide for Disabled People’ (August 2010) on The General Chiropractic Council website: gcc-uk.org

Additional costs

Students will need to purchase their own tunic in the first year. They will use this for the duration of the course. 

A guide as to the cost of tunics is below but is subject to change:

Tunic (Female) £25
Tunic (Male) £29


Study locations

The Masters in Chiropractic (Mchiro) is taught at our study centres in Abingdon (Oxfordshire) and the five-year extended programme is also taught in Manchester. All clinic work is undertaken at the college in Abingdon.

You will be expected to have the facility and ability to study at home, and have access to a computer and the internet.

Study the MChiro in:

Contact McTimoney College:

  • Tel: 03331 224 359
  • Fax: +44 (0)1235 523576
  • Email: admissions@mctimoney-college.ac.uk
  • Address: McTimoney House, 1 Kimber Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BZ

Paying for your course

We offer a range of different payment options for your Masters in Chiropractic (Mchiro)  – so you can choose to pay the full amount up-front or in instalments, through a payment plan.

Four-year programme
Years one to four: £8,000 per year
Total fees are £32,000

Four-year programme fees for International students
£11,250 each year
Total fees: £45,000

Five-year programme
Years one-five: £6,400 per year
Total fees are £32,000

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: £120

Student Union levy - Per year: £10

Professional Chiropractic Association student membership fee - Per year: currently waived

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) - Once only, currently: £52

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

Undergraduate loans

UK students applying for our Undergraduate courses can apply for Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans to help cover the cost of tuition fees and living costs whilst studying (subject to eligibility). Tuition Fee Loans are also available for EU students.

You can apply for a tuition fee loan up to a maximum of £6,000 (full-time) or £4,500 (part-time) per academic year. For students from Northern Ireland, the maximum tuition fee loan available is £3,805 per academic year.

Students who intend to study our two-year, full-time accelerated degrees should note that BPP University's fee per year is £9,000, which is above the maximum loan of £6,000 per year available. Students would therefore need to self-fund the difference of £3,000 each year.

To find out more visit our undergraduate loans page.

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.

Additional Funding Options

For those who need it, BPP University’s Student Services support team can provide funding advice and assistance. This includes information on other options open to you, such as bursaries and grants from professional bodies, charities, employers and other institutions who give financial support. For instance, funding may be available through scholarships, interest-free payment plans, the Student Loans Company or Future Finance student loans*.

For more information on Future Finance loans, financial support and addition funding please visit:  bppuniversity.ac.uk/student-finance

* Further details of eligibility requirements, interest rates and other key terms of the Future Finance loan are available by visiting the Future Finance website at futurefinance.com/uk. BPP University Limited acts as a credit broker and is not a lender for this arrangement.

Flexible payment plans

For further details of instalment payment schemes and dates, please contact the Student Finance Office: