BSc (Hons) Podiatry

This course has been enhanced. You can read the new course description and title here.

Choose the only UK podiatry course with four years of clinical practice. You’ll learn advanced practical skills on weekly placements. You’ll graduate ready to register as a podiatrist and begin a rewarding and flexible healthcare career.

As a podiatrist, every day you’ll help people. Your patients will count on you to help them with a broad range of mobility and medical conditions of the foot and the lower limb. These will include muscular and locomotory problems as well as broader health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and blood disorders and disorders of the nervous system.

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Why QMU?

  • We’ll help you step into a varied and rewarding healthcare career.
  • QMU podiatry graduates had 100% employment in 2018 (Source: Unistats 2018).
  • The BSc (Hons) Podiatry is recognised internationally.


About the course

As a podiatrist, every day you’ll help people. Your patients will count on you to help them with a broad range of mobility and medical conditions of the foot and the lower limb. These will include muscular and locomotory problems as well as broader health issues such as diabetes, arthritis, heart and blood disorders and disorders of the nervous system.

On this course you’ll gain the knowledge, practical skills and confidence that you’ll need to practise as a registered podiatrist in the NHS or private sector.

You’ll study a range of modules each year and attend weekly placements in podiatry clinics where you will be involved in the treatment of podiatry patients. There’s no substitute for learning in a clinical setting and your placements will begin in the very first semester. QMU staff and NHS clinical staff will work with you as you care for patients and learn this specialist healthcare profession.

In Year Four you will study additional modules relevant for practice and you will also have additional external NHS placements. During Year Four you will also carry out group audits and experience working in clinical specialisms.

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses, including this one, to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members.


This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined, and a dissertation in Year Four.


Teaching, learning and assessment

You will be taught in lectures, seminars, practical workshops and laboratories. Outside these timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning through self-study. You will be assessed by written exams at the end of each module or semester. >>Click for more information on 'Teaching, Learning and Assessment'


Year One

  • Cell Biology and Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Communicating and Facilitating Change
  • Clinical Studies 1
  • Disorders and Management 1
  • Foundation Skills for Health Professionals (IPE1)
  • Evidence-based Healthcare (EBHC) 1: Making Online Resources Work for You
  • Locomotory Science 1 — Anatomy
  • Locomotory Science 1 — Principles of Gait
  • Manual Handling

Year Two

  • Human Physiology and Pharmacology
  • Locomotory Science 2 – Anatomy
  • Locomotory Science 2 – Normal Gait
  • EBHC2: Informing Practice Through Evidence
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical Studies 2
  • Disorders and Management 2
  • Professional Roles and Interprofessional Teamwork (IPE2)

Year Three

  • Clinical Studies 3
  • Dermatology of the Lower Limb
  • Disorders and Management 3
  • EBHC3: Appraising the Evidence
  • Interprofessional Working and Person Centred Care (IPE3)
  • Locomotory Science 3 – Anatomy
  • Locomotory Science 3 – Pathological Gait
  • Professional Issues — Professionalism

Year Four

  • Clinical Studies 4
  • Developing Resources for Patient Education
  • Disorders and Management 4 – Tissue Viability
  • EBHC4: Clinical Audit
  • Political and Social Contexts (IPE4)
  • Professional Issues – Preparation for Registration and Practice
  • plus one module from Podiatric Mechanics OR Medicine and Pathology

The modules listed here are correct at time of posting (Feb 2019) but will differ to those offered in 2020 following a revalidation in Spring 2020. Please check back here for any updates.



You’ll consolidate your theoretical learning with clinical placements working directly with patients. In Year One you will have a half day NHS placement every week. In Year Two you will have two to three half day NHS placements each week over the year. In Years Three and Four you will have weekly and block placements in a variety of NHS settings. Academic staff will arrange and co-ordinate your placement.


Exchange opportunities



You’ll be able to register as a professional podiatrist and begin your career. From there, it’s up to you which path you take. There are excellent clinical opportunities in the NHS and in private practice. You could move on to do postgraduate research or even set up in business on your own. Our alumni are enjoying careers in community clinics, sports medicine, foot surgery and paediatrics.



Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: Standard BBBC, Minimum BCCC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

Required subjects: One science at Higher/A Level or equivalent, and English and Maths at Nat 5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: Related Access course – see our website for details at www.qmu.ac.uk/college-qualifications.  We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications in sciences and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

This course is accredited by the Society and College of Podiatry and approved by the Health and Care Professions Council. Successful completion enables application for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Podiatrist which is essential for employment in the UK.



Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/21 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

EU students starting their studies up to and including academic year 2020/21 will have the costs of their tuition fees met by the Scottish Government for the duration of their course. For more information, see https://www.qmu.ac.uk/brexiteu-student-funding-update/

Teaching staff may be subject to change.


Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2020
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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A Student Story - more at foot of page

Daniel Pauley - BSc (Hons) Podiatry “As a student of QMU, I am no longer overlooked - I am more than just a number. I have people who are 100% behind me and are helping me achieve my goals. This encouragement means I’ve developed a passion for learning and I always keep classes running late because I ask so many questions". read my story...