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Theory of Podiatric Surgery - MSc

This MSc in Theory of Podiatric Surgery 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.

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 course will give you the theoretical knowledge and expert guidance that you will need to develop your career in this flourishing field.

Developed and offered jointly by QMU and Glasgow Caledonian University, this online part-time course can fit perfectly around your current work commitments.

Why QMU?

  • 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.
  • Professional accreditation: The course is accredited by the Royal College of Podiatry

Theory of Podiatric Surgery (MSc): More information 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.

Studying MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery

How will I be taught?

Structure and exit award

You can opt to study for the full MSc* (180 credits), a PgDip (120 credits) or a PgCert (60 credits).

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. Contact Professor Derek Santos for more information on single module study.

*a pre-requisite for surgical training

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.

Class sizes

Class sizes are usually around 10-15 students.

Teaching staff

You can read more about the teaching staff on this course at the bottom of this page. Please note that teaching staff is subject to change.


  • 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.

NB The modules listed are correct at time of posting (October 2023) 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.

Career opportunities

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. In addition graduates from the course also have used the knowledge and skills to gain extended roles in MSK.

Theory of Podiatric Surgery (MSc): Entry requirements and application information

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.


  • You will be required to take an IELTS test receiving an overall score of 6.5 and no individual component score below 6.0.
  • International students cannot be sponsored for a student visa to study this course.

Disability/health conditions

If you have a disability, long-term physical or mental health condition, or learning disability, it should not stand in the way of your studying at QMU. However, if you are not sure whether your disability might be a barrier in your studies or in relation to the professional standards, please contact the disability service who will be able to have a conversation with you about reasonable adjustments and supports available to you.

Applying for this course

For more information on applying, or to apply for this course, please follow the links in the 'Start your application' box at the top right of this page.

Application deadline

1 December for a January start.

Terms and Conditions

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2024/25 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

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Course Overview

3 – 5 years part time
Start Date
January 2025
School of Health Sciences
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