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


  • 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.


  • 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.

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​.


275 Borough High Street, London, SE1 1JE