Chiropractors are highly respected experts in the healthcare field and thanks to the quality of education in the UK, many of the undergraduate degrees in Chiropractic allow graduates to work internationally.
If you’re considering a Chiropractic degree you’ll know that chiropractors prevent, diagnose, and treat mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system. This is usually in humans but increasingly chiropractors are also choosing to specialise in treating animals such as horses, dogs, and cats.
Regardless of whether they treat animals or humans, the aim of any chiropractor is to alleviate pain and discomfort, increase mobility, and prevent further damage to patients.
The treatment is hands-on, involving applying specific force to manipulate joints and treat the symptoms and causes of the issue.
To practice as a chiropractor in the UK you need to be registered with the General Chiropractic Council (GCC).
The GCC is the statutory body which regulates chiropractors in the UK. This means they have a legal responsibility to ensure the quality of all chiropractic education programmes which lead to GCC registration.
Therefore, one of the requirements of the registration is that you’ve completed your chiropractic training by doing a GCC approved Chiropractic degree.
There are just three UK institutions where the GCC has recognised the Masters in Chiropractic.
All of these institutions offer a course, or courses, which start at undergraduate level and lead to a Masters level qualification in Chiropractic which enables you to register with the GCC and begin your career as a chiropractor.
Here’s more about the institutions:
Based in Bournemouth the AECC offers a five year Chiropractic programme – Masters in Chiropractic – MChiro (Hons).
The AECC prides itself on students having a hands-on learning experience where they are taught by a world class faculty. Clinical experience is built from day one, giving you all the tools you’ll need for a successful career after graduation.
100% of students are employed within six months of graduating and the course ranks as one of the best in the world.
Located in Oxfordshire and validated by BPP University College, the MCC offers a four year integrated Masters in Chiropractic – MChiro, or a five year programme for those that are particularly interested in continuing to work whilst studying.
Both courses combine academic and practical studies and include a clinical placement year to enable students to use their skills and knowledge in a working environment.
Clinic training is given through regularly run local clinics where students are supervised to manage their own list of patients.
Delivered at the University of South Wales, the Welsh Institute of Chiropractic offers a four year Masters in Chiropractic programme.
They are the first university in the UK to offer a programme which is accredited both by the GCC and the European Council of Chiropractic Education (ECCE). They have close links with the British Chiropractic Association and the College of Chiropractors, ensuring that you’re taught best clinical practice, as well as the skills you’ll need to have a successful career.