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2 years full time
Delivery mode: 
Face to Face

Applications are not being taken at this time


The Master of Health Science (Osteopathy) equips you with the diagnostic skills and graduate capabilities for Osteopathic practice required by primary health-care practitioners.

Treating clients at our Osteopathy Clinics at City Flinders and Werribee campuses will ensure you have extensive clinical experience with patients, including babies and children through our paediatric specialist services.

You'll also learn the skills to formulate and prescribe a suitable and safe treatment program for patients.

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.


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.

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).

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

Organisations employing osteopathy graduates

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


With the dual-qualification in osteopathy, you'll be eligible for:

  • 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.

Course structure

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

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

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.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take, and optional \'elective\' units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.


Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Fees & scholarships

Fee type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

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  3. Add up the relevant amounts.

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Admission & pathways

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.

  • Mature: Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
    Completion of an Australian Bachelor Honours degree (or equivalent) in a similar discipline.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

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.

How to apply

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