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MTech Chiropractic:

The Short:

A Chiropractic Master's degree can only be acquired from the University of Johannesburg and Durban University of  Technology in South Africa.

A Chiropractic Master's degree consists of:

  • A 5 year degree followed by the completion of a post-graduate Master's degree dissertation.

  • Clinical training for the period of the student's 5th and post graduate year's at the University (may extend into 6th and 7th year).

  • An internship program consisting of 650 hours of various observation and personal interaction with different medical fields; from observation of various surgeries to volunteer work. Once all the above mentioned criteria have been met, a Chiropractor graduates with a Doctor of Chiropractic degree, not a Doctor of medicine degree as often misunderstood.


  • Chiropractic students are only allowed to be enrolled as qualified Chiropractors once all of the above criteria is met.

  • Chiropractic students only starts to learn their Chiropractic adjustment techniques from their 3rd year. These Chiropractic techniques are then honed and perfected under strict supervision for the duration of their 3rd-6th years at the University.

  • Chiropractic students use modalities such as IFC, TENS, Ultrasound and Laser extensively from their 3rd year at University.

  • A Chiropractic student undergoes a full year of Myofascial Dry Needling training in their 5th year and becomes fully qualified to dry needle from between your toes all the way up into their patient's mouths!

  • Chiropractic students undergo radiology training from their 3rd year, developing their own x-ray's in their 4th year and are fully qualified to analyze various imaging studies by the time they qualify.

  • Various extra courses such as a First Aid course (Level 3), Basic Life support (BLS), kinesio- and sport taping courses are achieved before a Chiropractor qualifies.

The Long (Subjects):

1st Year:
Anatomy and Physiology 1

Chemistry 1 Theory

Chemistry 1 Practical

Physics 1 Theory

Physics 1 Practical

Biology 1

Principles and History of Chiropractic

Social Studies

2nd Year:
Immunology 2
Epidemiology 2
Biochemistry 2
Anatomy 2
Anatomy Practical (Full Cadaver Dissection)
Medical Microbiology
Physiology 2
3rd Year:
General Pathology 2
Systemic Pathology 3
Diagnostics 3
Psychopathology 2
Chiropractic Principles and Practice 3
Auxiliary Therapeutics 3
4th Year:
Diagnostics 4
Clinical Biomechanics and Kinesiology 4
First Aid Course (Level 3)
Clinical Chiropractic 4
Research Methods and Techniques - Chiropractic
Radiology 4
Principles and Practice of Chiropractic 4
5th Year:
Practice Management and Jurisprudence
Clinical Chiropractic 5
Principles and Practice of Chiropractic 5
Myofascial Dry Needling 5
Biomechanics 5
Minor Dissertation & Research: Chiropractic
External Internship requirements
6th Year:
Continous Clinical Training
Minor Dissertation and Research
External Internship requirements
644 Beagle Road (corner of St Bernard Drive), Garsfontein, Pretoria, 0042, South Africa
Dr Hanlie Lottering Medical Practitioner

Tel: 061 408 7987 / 082 805 9057

Email: chirojacques@gmail.com