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All final year UCO students and post-graduate students are required to conduct an original piece of research and produce a dissertation. Subject choice is varied with students choosing a wide range of empirical methods, from qualitative case studies to experimental and statistical investigations. Below is a table showing you how your dissertation fits within the M.Ost credit system:

Course Name
Unit Name
Outline of Unit
Credit Level
Integrated Master of Osteopathy (Full-Time)
Critical Analysis and Enquiry (Dissertation)
(Pre-Professional Phase Standard Pathway Year 4)
This unit facilitates students’ development into autonomous, critically aware, reflective professionals able to evaluate current studies and demonstrate a depth of knowledge and a systematic understanding of osteopathy. Students conduct and complete a project on an original piece of research in their chosen area. The outcome of this project (a research paper and presentation) will provide evidence of students’ deepening knowledge, ability to critically analyse a topic of relevance to osteopathy and their own personal development as a professional. As a result of planning and carrying out their research project students will be able to develop a strategy to enable them to respond to formal and informal feedback, and gain an understanding of their own skill development.
30 M Level (Level 7) Credits
Integrated Master of Osteopathy (Part-Time)
Criticality and Evidence-Informed Osteopathy 2: Dissertation
(Year 5 M.Ost: Developing Criticality in Osteopathy)
This unit enables students to build upon their current competence profile and attain a high level of independently managed academic work which demonstrates their ability to analyse and synthesise new and/or existing data. This unit also enables students to consolidate as autonomous, critically aware, reflective osteopaths to enhance their skills in evaluating the nature and strength of current evidence underpinning osteopathy. Depending on their personal interest, students will be able to conduct and complete the research project which they developed in the unit ‘Criticality and Evidence-Informed Osteopathy 1: Developing a Research Project’. The outcome of this piece of work (a research paper and presentation) will provide evidence of students’ deepening knowledge, ability to critically analyse a topic of relevance to osteopathy and their own continuous personal development as a professional. As a result of planning and carrying out their research project students will be able to develop a strategy to enable them to respond to formal and informal feedback, and gain an understanding of their own skill development.
30 M Level (Level 7) Credits
MSc in Osteopathy (Pre-Registration
Criticality and Evidence-Informed Osteopathy 2: Dissertation
This unit will enable students to build upon their current competence profile and attain a high level of independently managed academic work which demonstrates their ability to analyse and synthesise new and/or existing data. This unit also enables students to consolidate as autonomous, critically aware, reflective osteopaths to enhance your skills in evaluating the nature and strength of current evidence underpinning osteopathy.
Depending on their personal interest, students will be able to conduct and complete the research project which they developed in the unit ‘Criticality and Evidence-Informed Osteopathy 1: Developing a Research Project’. The outcome of this piece of work (a research paper and presentation) will provide evidence of students’ deepening knowledge, ability to critically analyse a topic of relevance to osteopathy and their own continuous personal development as a professional. As a result of planning and carrying out their research project students will be able to develop a strategy to enable them to respond to formal and informal feedback, and gain an understanding of their own skill development.
30 M Level (Level 7) Credits

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