Postgraduate Taught

MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery

The last 20 years have seen a rapid increase in podiatrists choosing to pursue post-registration training in the field of podiatric surgery and this MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery course will give you the theoretical knowledge and expert guidance that you will need to develop your career in this flourishing field.

Delivered online, this part-time course can fit perfectly around your current work commitments.

Why QMU?

  • Accreditation: This course is fully accredited by the Royal College of Podiatrists.
  • Developed in collaboration: This course has been developed and offered jointly by QMU and Glasgow Caledonian University since 2002, allowing you to benefit from the expertise of both institutions.
  • Expertise: You will gain invaluable specialist insight and guidance from consultant podiatric surgeons
  • Flexible delivery: This course is delivered online and provides you with the flexibility to develop your career when still working. The part-time route allows the course to be completed over a longer period of time to suit your individual needs.

Who is this course for?

The course will appeal to podiatrists 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 or in extended scope roles in MSK / orthopaedics.

More about MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery and what you will achieve

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)


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 course. You will also be required to carry out additional self-directed independent work. Some seminars will be delivered from specialists in the field of podiatric surgery and the Research Methods module is delivered by both QMU/Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including course work and examination.

Teaching hours and attendance

As this course is delivered both part-time and online, you do not have a set timetabled learning period each week as you do with other courses and are able to study at a time that is convenient to you. There are some scheduled synchronous (live) sessions in each module which are encouraged to attend but are not mandatory.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is accredited by the College of Podiatrists. 


  • Surgical Management of the Foot (15 credits)*
  • Clinical Investigations (30 credits)*
  • Pharmacology for Surgical Practice (15 credits)#
  • Orthopaedic Medicine (30 credits)#
  • Research Methods (online) (30 credits)

*delivered by QMU /GCU

#delivered by GCU

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

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2022) 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. 


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.

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: 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 John Veto (Programme Leader) or Admissions

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/2024 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

Part-time: 3 – 5 years
Start Date
January 2024
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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