The London School of Osteopathy


The LSO has a well-deserved reputation as a leading provider of osteopathic education in the UK, with flexible modes of study and levels of award. The courses are longer than a standard 3-year University degree and include substantial clinical teaching in addition to class-based teaching. This enables graduates to be ready to take on a professional work role at the point of graduation.


Our mission at the London School of Osteopathy is to promote and propagate osteopathy as a primary health care profession. The school promotes core values which celebrate the culture of the school as a caring and learning community, dedicated to the training of osteopaths from many different backgrounds and walks of life and to offer osteopathic treatment to patients who may otherwise be unable to afford it.

At the LSO, research appears as a theme running through the programme and as such, it is an integral and highly valued part of the LSO course. Students are introduced to the role of research within the profession of osteopathy early on and are presented with the evidence base for osteopathic practice and for the underpinning knowledge such as anatomy and physiology from the first year of the course.

All students will complete a research proposal in their 4th year which forms the basis of their final year Dissertation. In the Dissertation, students have the opportunity to select a topic of interest to them to explore in depth either through a literature review or through a small-scale research project. This is often linked to something that they have observed in the clinic. The complexity and quality of the submitted work will reflect the award being taken – so Level 6 for the BOst (Hons), and Masters level for the MOst.

Links to abstracts of projects submitted by former years are found below. They should help to give you some insight into the ideas developed previously.

Topics studied in previous years include:

  • Reasons why and when patients seek osteopathic care following the onset of pain.
  • Osteopathic myofascial technique for the diaphragm & its effect on peak expiratory flow values.
  • The effect of osteopathic treatment to the diaphragm on the length of the psoas major muscle.
  • Comparative study of osteopathic approaches to the treatment of Deformational Plagiocephaly in France and the UK.
  • The incidence of reported low-back pain in parents using infant carry slings vs. those using traditional child transport methods.
  • Perceptions of paediatric osteopathy amongst parents of children under five years old.
  • Inter- and intra-rater reliability of the Foot Posture Index (FPI-6).
  • Manual therapy for the elderly patients in nursing homes (literature review).
  • Runners’ preferred choice of treatment for running related injuries.
  • Critical mass: A comparative population-based study of osteopathic provision in the UK and its impact on the perceptions of practitioners
  • Is there a relationship/correlation between general public perception of osteopathy and social demographic profiles? Can correlations be used to provide niche marketing strategies to potential demographic profiles?
  • Attitudes towards corrective exercise as a key aspect of osteopathic treatment: An exploratory qualitative study of beliefs within the London School of Osteopathy
  • Osteopathic care for children: A qualitative study of parental perceptions in Hampshire

Brief History of the LSO

1948 The Croydon School of Osteopathy formed

1977 School re-named The London School of Osteopathy

1993 LSO course attained degree status

1999 LSO awarded RQ status by the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC)

2000 Leadership of the LSO passes to Robin Kirk

2009 Validation of integrated Master of Osteopathy degree (MOst) with Anglia Ruskin University

2011 The LSO moves to its own freehold premises in Bermondsey, and the first MOst cohort graduates.

2012 Replace mixed-mode description with part-time and full-time pathways

2013 Clinic moves from Whitechapel to Bethnal Green

2014 Leadership of the LSO passes to Fiona Hamilton



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12 Grange Road

SE1 3BE London, England, United Kingdom