The MSc degree course now offered to the chiropractic profession by McTimoney College of Chiropractic was designed and written by the Course Leader, Dr Neil J Davies in conjunction with a group of leading paediatricians and other medical specialists and chiropractic advisors. The course was in development for a period of 4 years and October 2014 it was duly validated by the BPP University. The course has been so well accepted by the chiropractic profession that enrolment applications have been received from 14 different countries including the United Kingdom.


The qualification you will receive on successful completion of your studies is Master of Science (chiropractic paediatrics). The degree is conferred by the BPP University, one of the most prestigious universities in the United Kingdom. Completion of the degree meets the academic requirements for entry into doctoral studies (PhD) in the specific content area of chiropractic paediatrics, an opportunity never before afforded the chiropractic profession.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a DC or BSc degree in chiropractic or recognized equivalent and be eligible for registration as a chiropractor.

Course Structure

The course is 3 years part time and relies heavily on mixed mode learning protocols, a cutting edge educational technology now used all over the world, and shown by educational outcome research studies to be the educational method of choice in the clinical sciences.

Educational Method

The mixed mode learning method, as it has been applied to chiropractic paediatrics combines directed self study, periodic residential school attendance, clinical case problem solving and application of learned skills to the patient setting. Each subject area is divided into topics of study which require the completion of a combination of practical exercises and assignments based largely on solving clinical case problems. Tutorial assistance and help with clinical cases is available from the teaching team on line.

Course Outline

Year 1

Acquisition of new knowledge

  1. Module 1 — Substrates of chiropractic paediatrics
  2. Module 2 — Physical Assessment and chiropractic skills (spine)
  3. Module 3 — Physical Assessment and chiropractic skills (extremities)
  4. Module 4 — Paediatric neurology
  5. Module 5 — Paediatric orthopaedics
  6. Residential Schools
  7. Practical Examination (OSCE)

Year 2

Application of new knowledge

  1. Module 6 — Normal and variant radiological anatomy in paediatrics
  2. Module 7 — Clinical research methodology
  3. Module 8 — Clinical Paediatrics I
  4. Module 9 — Clinical Paediatrics II
  5. Module 10 — Clinical Paediatrics III
  6. Module 11 — Clinical Paediatrics IV
  7. Residential Schools
  8. Practical Examination (OSCE)

Year 3

Creation of new knowledge

Clinical research project. This project must be original research in an approved area of chiropractic paediatric practice, designed, implemented and reported to a standard that reaches acceptance for publication in a chiropractic or medical peer reviewed journal.

Formative Assessment

Each topic of study requires the submission of a number of assignments which together make up the formative assessment. The purpose of formative assessment is to allow your study supervisor to evaluate your mastery of the study material. A pass/fail grade with helpful comments from your study supervisor will be communicated to you on each topic.

Summative Assessment

Each module also has a summative assessment which is the more formal long answer type assignment which is graded on a percentage basis. These assessments taken together make up your overall grade for the self directed learning component of the course.

Practical Assessment

A clinical examination is required at the end of both years 1 and 2 of the course. This examination will be in the form of an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE). This examination is made up of a combination of case workup with a patient (long case) in addition to a series of case studies where you will be required to solve specific clinical problems (short cases). The residential schools are designed to adequately prepare you for these practical examinations.


If you would like more detailed information, please contact Gayle Hoffman at McTimoney College and state that you are interested in the Master Course in Chiropractic Paediatrics and she will send you a detailed prospectus and an application form.

Gayle Hoffman, Course Manager
McTimoney College
Tel: 01235 468570 · Fax: 01235 523576