Postgraduate Taught

MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery

The course information below relates to entry in September 2021. Applications for September 2021 will open 1st of November 2020. Click here for course information and January 2021 entry. 

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 modular programme delivered in collaboration with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) was first introduced in 2002 and provides the theoretical underpininng required for surgical training. The programme will appeal to podaitrists working in either the NHS or private practice who are looking to extend their scope of practice and develop a career as a podiatric surgeon.

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 pre-requisite for surgical training), 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 online tutorials, and seminars will be utilised in the delivery of this programme. You will also be required to carry out additional self-directed independent work Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods
including course work and examination.

Teaching hours and attendance

This course is delivered online and provides you with the flexibility to develop your career when still working. The part-time route allows the programme to be completed over a longer period of time to suit your individual needs. Industry links, accreditation and professional  registration The course is approved by 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.

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.


  • Surgical Management of the Foot (15 credits)
  • Clinical Investigations (30 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Practice (15 credits)
  • Orthopaedic Medicine (30 credits)- delivered by QMU
  • Research Methods (online) (30 credits)- delivered by QMU
  • If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2020) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change,
QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

Single modules for CPD

Available. 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 for 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 Programe Leader 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 2021/2022 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).


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Course Overview

At both QMU and GCU, plus online learning
Part-time: 3 – 5 years
Start Date
January 2021
January 2022
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding