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Programme overview

Gain the skills to become a safe and competent osteopathic practitioner who can provide patient management and care within a multi-cultural environment. Improve your understanding of osteopathic treatment techniques, and learn to embrace and distinguish between a variety of health care paradigms. Further your ability to engage in critical reflective practice, scholarly debate and research, and learn to critically assess your own performance. You'll also find out how to locate and integrate health care information to the benefit of the patient.


  • Emphasis on clinical practice, critical thinking, and research.
  • Programme accredited by the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.
  • Work with real patients each week in Unitec's on-campus Osteopathic Clinic, under the supervision of professional osteopaths.
  • Highly qualified lecturers who are experts in their field, with many also engaged in private practice. Staff have active relationships with diverse health services, which enables the programme to reflect many of the complexities of real life.
  • Visiting industry experts and guest lecturers will give you a real feel for the career opportunities available.
  • Positive relationships with professional bodies in New Zealand and Australia, and close links with osteopathic schools in Australia and Britain.
  • Students undertake a research thesis in an area of interest, which involves one-to-one research supervision with experienced research supervisors.
  • Helps you develop a commitment to lifelong learning and personal development.

What next?

Once you've successfully completed the Master of Osteopathy, you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Osteopathic Council of New Zealand.

Admission requirements

For this programme, you will need the following:

1. Successfully completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) with a B grade average in your final year, or an Osteopathic Council of New Zealand (OCNZ) recognised equivalent

2. Complete a self-declaration of criminal convictions and medical conditions form

3. Demonstrate clinical and professional aptitude

4. Consent to a Safety Check which meets the requirements of the Vulnerable Children Regulations 2015 including:

  • Provide two forms of ID and evidence of any name changes
  • Consent to a police vet check
  • Provide the names of two referees who Unitec or your placement provider can contact
  • If required, participate in an interview
  • If required, provide a chronological summary of your work history for the past 5 years and the name of any professional organisations, licensing authorities and registration authorities that you have been or are a current member

5. If English is not your first language and you haven't completed the Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) or an OCNZ recognised equivalent, you will need to have an IELTS band score of no less than 7.0 in each band test.

Don't meet the requirements? We also accept:

  • Provide sufficient evidence to be eligible for special admission

For information, download the programme regulations:

Programme Regulations

Courses and timetables





The 'Key Information for Students' below does not reflect any international student information.

Please take this information as a guideline only. For example, you will often see a difference between these tuition fees and our estimate above. This is because there are a number of variables, such as the specific courses chosen within a programme.

The national graduate outcomes information is for all tertiary New Zealand providers including Unitec. This information is provided by the New Zealand Government and is derived from a national database that links educational and income information.

Key Information for Students

Entry requirements

Minimum requirements: A Bachelor of Applied Science (Human Biology) with grade average requirements or a recognised equivalent, plus English requirements with additional information to meet requirements of the Vulnerable Children's Act. Special admission also accepted.

Detailed requirements: See the above "Admission requirements" section for more information about entry to this progrogramme.


2 Years

Tuition Fees


Total Qualification

Student fees:  $8,393$16,786
Government tuition subsidy: $11,603$23,207

Compulsory Student Services Fee
Student loan information available at StudyLink.

National graduate outcomes

(3 years after completion)
Median earnings$59,155
Earnings range$45,299 - $79,717
In employment88%
In further study8%
On a benefitN/A

Note:All KIS information is the most recent available relating to domestic students only. Click here for more information about the Key Information for Students.