Postgraduate Taught

MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery

This innovative course will provide podiatrists with a theoretical underpinning of podiatric surgery and the opportunity to specialise in surgery.

You will find case studies on students and graduates of this course at the foot of this page.

Course Overview

Podiatric surgery has developed rapidly over the last 15 years as a post-registration professional development, and provides the podiatrist working within the NHS or in private practice with the opportunity to extend their scope of practice to include surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies. This course provides the podiatrist with the theoretical underpinning required to pursue this career route. The modular course is a collaborative initiative offered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Exit Awards

MSc (180 credits/) PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

A range of student-centred learning methods including tutorials, seminars and experimental laboratory classes are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including course work and examination. Class sizes are normally around 10-15.

Teaching Hours and Attendance

This course is delivered by attendance and by online learning. You will generally be required to attend QMU/ Glasgow Caledonian University a few days a week to participate in classes. You will also be required to carry out additional self directed independent work. Your exact attendance (days and hours) at QMU/GCU will depend on which module you are studying. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs.

Links with Industry / Professional Bodies

The course is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP).

On completion of the MSc you will be eligible to apply for a surgical training post. Surgical training posts are not part of the academic programme of study and are not arranged by either university.


  • Anatomy for Surgical Practice+ (15 credits)
  • Principles of Diagnostic Investigations+ (online)(15 credits)
  • Podiatric Mechanics* (15 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Podiatric Surgery *(online) (15 credits)
  • Medicine and Pathology (online) (15 credits)
  • Diagnostic Imaging-Interpretive +(online) (30 credits)
  • Research Methods* (online) (30 credits)

If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

* delivered by QMU

+ delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)

The modules listed here are correct at the time of posting (September 17), but are subject to change. In the event that modules have to change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact to students.

Single Modules for CPD

Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact John Veto for more information.


This course will provide the theoretical underpinning for those students wishing a career in podiatric surgery.

Quick Facts

■ Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow.

■ The course provides the theoretical underpinning required for surgical training.

■ It also provides an academic programme for those podiatrists working or having ambitions to work in extended MSK (musculoskeletal) roles.

Entry Requirements

Students registered on this named award will be Podiatrists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). However, the individual modules are available to healthcare professionals with an interest in the area. Candidates should have the relevant honours degree. Those with a professional diploma or unclassified degree should have at least two years professional experience and be able to demonstrate a portfolio of continued professional development.

International: Where your honours degree has not been studied in English, you will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.

Application Deadline


More Information and Contacts

Admissions or John Veto on tel: +44 (0)131 474 0000


This course is administered by Glasgow Caledonian University, please contact Mandy Abbot on tel: 0141 331 3000.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At both QMU and GCU, plus online learning
Part-time: 3 – 5 years
Start Date
January 2018
January 2019
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding