University College of Osteopathy

The University College of Osteopathy (UCO) is the largest osteopathic educational institution in the UK, and the only one in Europe granted the power to award its own degrees. Evidence-informed teaching is underpinned by an active research department, and students gain 1,000 hours of clinical practise through the UCO clinic. Its graduates have gone on to leadership roles at the General Osteopathic Council and the Institute of Osteopathy, as well as working with the UK's Olympic team.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


Specialises in a single subject area, or a small range of subjects

UCAS Code: B87

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The UCO features the largest osteopathic library in Europe, and the National Osteopathic Archive.
  • Students also have access to the virtual learning environment, BONE, and Anatomy TV with detailed 3D models of the human body.

Student jobs

  • Each year the UCO's teaching clinic recruits a small number of graduating students to deliver appointments in its associates' clinic. New graduates can start to build a patient list and earn an income, while working in the familiar and supportive surroundings of the UCO Clinic – without the overheads of private practice. Associates also receive mentoring, making it a valuable stepping stone into life as a practitioner.

Careers advice

  • Graduates are frequently invited back to the UCO to share their professional experiences, information and advice with current students.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • Students may experience difficult times during the studies; all students are provided with access to free, confidential counselling with a professionally trained and qualified counsellor.

Disability support

  • The UCO works closely with students who have specific learning differences, disabilities and long-term health conditions to support them in their studies.
  • They can assist with applications for Disabled Students' Allowance and other forms of financial support, and have a link with a local needs assessment centre that can recommend reasonable adjustments, software and support to suit individual needs.

Other services and facilities

  • The student support team at the UCO operate an open-door policy; they provide students with support for a wide variety of issues. This includes advice on budgeting and financial support.

Students' Union

  • The UCO has an active Student Union that organise social events throughout the year – including parties, sports days and weekly meditation groups. 
  • The Student Union is run by an elected SU team who plan the social calendar based on the interests of current students.


  • Established in 1917 by John Martin Littlejohn, a former student of the founder of osteopathy, Andrew Taylor Still.
  • Formerly the British School of Osteopathy, it became the University College of Osteopathy in 2017 after being granted the power to award its own degrees in 2016.
  • The UCO's Chancellor, HRH The Princess Royal, has been an advocate for the institution since 1984, and continues to attend every graduation ceremony to this day.

Fascinating Fact

  • Students at the University College of Osteopathy can enjoy watching Anatomy TV – a tool where students virtually dissect the human body to better understand human anatomy.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • James Davies – an internationally recognised osteopath, performance and massage therapist. His work has included providing support to professional athletes ​(Olympic champions, premiership footballers, NFL and rugby union players), in the UK, USA and Jamaica​.


University College of Osteopathy, 275 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JE