Master of Health Science (Osteopathy)

Details for Australian residents

You are considered an Australian resident (domestic student) if you:
  • Are an Australian or New Zealand citizen; or
  • Are an Australian permanent resident; or
  • Hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa
You are considered an international student if you:
  • are not an Australian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • do not hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa; and
  • are not a New Zealand citizen; and
  • hold a temporary visa.

Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website for more information about studying in Australia on a student visa.

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Course essentials

Learn to assess the health status of patients, including physical, socio-economic and psychological aspects.

The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) equips you with the diagnostic skills and graduate capabilities for Osteopathic practice required by primary health-care practitioners. You will also have the ability to formulate and prescribe a suitable and safe treatment program.

Graduates who successfully complete this course will be eligible for:

The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Osteopathic Council (ANZOC). 

For further information about registration requirements for health practitioners, please visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) (HBOP), or equivalent Bachelor degree with major in osteopathy.

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This dual-qualification beginning with the three-year Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) will enable you to pursue a range of careers in osteopathy. VU is held in extremely high regard in the industry for its hands-on approach and extensive clinical placements.


With the dual-qualification in osteopathy, you can gain:

  • registration with the Osteopathy Board of Australia
  • registration as an Osteopath in all other Australian states and in New Zealand
  • membership with the Australian Osteopathic Association

For further information about registration requirements, visit the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Organisations employing osteopathy graduates

Osteopaths can work in private clinics or a variety of healthcare settings including hospitals, maternal health centres and community organisations.


The average salary of osteopaths in Australia is A$68,774 (PayScale).

Employment rates

Osteopathy was rated as the fastest growing health discipline in Australia in 2012. The number of people choosing to visit an osteopath has increased by 48 per cent over the past two years (Private Health Insurance Administration Council).


Treating clients at our Osteopathy Clinics at St Albans and City Flinders Campuses ensures you have extensive clinical experience with patients, including babies and children through our paediatric specialist services.

Study pathways

Find out more about pathways and credits.

Credit for skills and past study

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

Course objectives

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply knowledge of osteopathic theories, specialist concepts and advanced practical skills in patient diagnosis, management and treatment in both simulated and authentic clinical contexts.  
  2. Interrogate the evidence base to investigate factors associated with specialised health conditions which impact on musculo-skeletal integrity in both contemporary and emerging contexts.  
  3. Design, operationalise and evaluate innovative, sustainable, evidence-based clinical interventions which take into account divergent and complex patient identities, ethnicities, societies and cultures.  
  4. Present clear and coherent expositions of knowledge and ideas to a variety of audiences in order to advance and defend efforts to promote the benefits of osteopathic interventions.  
  5. Plan and execute a research project, professional project or piece of scholarship which demonstrates intellectual independence and contributes to the evidence-base in osteopathy and clinical health care.  
  6. Critically appraise learning skills in relation to attainment of career goals and implement effective and creative strategies to promote lifelong learning in their professional practice.  
  7. Exemplify the requisite characteristics for professional membership and practice appropriate to specific purposes, projects and contexts involving inter-professional practice.  
  8. Be eligible to be registered as an osteopath with the Osteopathy Board of Australia following completion of the double degree program.  

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) a total of 192 credit points is required to be completed.

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Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course.

Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

  • Bachelor/Honours degree: To qualify for admission into the Master of Health Sciences (Osteopathy) program, applicants must have satisfactorily completed the Bachelor of Science (Clinical Sciences) (HBOP), or equivalent Bachelor degree with major in osteopathy.

    Applicants may also be required to attend a selection interview during which their suitability for entry into the course will be further assessed.

  • Other: National Police Certificate:
    Successful applicants will be required to obtain a National Police Certificate before commencing field or clinical placements. Victoria Police provide this documentation for a fee. A current National Police Certificate must be provided by students enrolled in the programme on an annual basis.

    Prospective and continuing students should be aware that not passing relevant police checks may restrict access to clinical placements which are necessary for graduation.

    First Aid:
    All HMOP students require a current Level 2 first Aid certificate in order to participate in their clinical placement in the VU Osteopathic teaching clinics at Flinders Lane and St Albans campus. Students must have this certificate before enrolling in the Masters degree.

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