Postgraduate Taught

MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery

Are you an established podiatrist looking to develop your career into the flourishing field of podiatric surgery? This innovative course will give you the theoretical knowledge and expert guidance that you need. You can study the MSc part-time, to fit in with your current work commitments.

The last 20 years have seen a rapid increase in podiatrists choosing to pursue post-registration training in the field of podiatry surgery. This course was specifically developed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to pursue this flourishing career path. Other interested healthcare professionals can also complete individual modules. We deliver this MSc jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

This course is subject to validation.

Why QMU?

  • This course is fully accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
  • This is a collaborative course offered jointly by QMU and Glasgow Caledonian University, allowing you to benefit from the expertise of both institutions.
  • You will gain invaluable specialist insight and guidance from consultant podiatric surgeons.

Course overview

You could begin this modular course as a podiatrist in either the NHS or in private practice, and be looking to develop your career into the area of podiatric surgery. The course will give you the ideal opportunity to extend your scope of practice to include surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies.

You will study a variety of modules, giving you the theoretical underpinning for future surgical training.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip, or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning 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.

Teaching hours and attendance

This course is primarily delivered online, with the exception of two modules: for Podiatric Mechanics you would attend QMU for five days and for Anatomy for Surgical Practice you would attend GCU for five days. You will also be required to carry out additional self-directed independent work. 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 College of Podiatrists. 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 delivered by QMU & delivered by GCU  (15 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Podiatric Surgery - delivered by QMU & delivered by GCU(online) (15 credits)
  • Medicine and Pathology (online) (15 credits)
  • Diagnostic Imaging-Interpretive (online) (30 credits)
  • Research Methods delivered by QMU & delivered by GCU (online) (30 credits)

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

Please check our website for updates. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on 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.

Class sizes

Class sizes are usually around 10-15 students.

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

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

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2020/2021 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


Course Overview

At both QMU and GCU, plus online learning
Part-time: 3 – 5 years
Start Date
September 2020
January 2021
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding