Qualified at undergraduate level, a podiatrist will diagnose and treat a vast range of problems relating to the health and wellbeing of the foot and the lower limb. A qualified podiatrist will be able to recognise and diagnose a broad range of mobility and medical conditions that have a direct effect on foot health, including diabetes, arthritis, heart, and blood disorders, and disorders of the nervous system.

It is a rewarding career with practitioners electing to extend their expertise by developing their academic skills in an aspect of clinical specialisation, an area of specific interest or current development. In addition to our undergraduate podiatry course, QMU offers the MSc Podiatry by Distance E-Learning and MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery.

Our postgraduate courses can be studied full-time, part time, through block attendance or through distance e-learning. Our distance e-learning courses also mean that you can access the course from outside the UK and never need to attend the University. We offer fantastic tutor support through our electronic teaching resource, The Hub, which is a facility enabling students studying by distance learning to access all course materials and to communicate electronically with other learners and with tutors on the course.

Why QMU?

The podiatry staff at QMU are all registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and have a wealth of clinical, teaching and research experience. The subject area has a great reputation for its courses in the area of podiatry and we recruit students from across the globe. The podiatry staff have a wealth of experience in distance e-learning and have pioneered undergraduate and postgraduate education for podiatrists and other healthcare professionals within the UK as well as the international arena. An investment in IT has allowed students to access QMU’s electronic teaching and library resources from any part of the world at any time to best suit individual learning needs.

Industry links

Extensive links with the NHS and with private practice enhances the podiatry team’s awareness of current developments in podiatry practice and has influenced the relevance of the suite of master’s courses. There is also opportunity for learners to bring their own influence in to their postgraduate study, such as through the research projects.

The MSc Theory of Podiatry Surgery in conjunction with Glasgow Caledonian University offers students the expertise of two institutions which have a strong reputation and long successful history in Scotland for podiatry education. Students will be given access to the resource facilities of both QMU and Glasgow Caledonian University.

Our approach to learning and teaching

Details of course structure and learning methods are highlighted on the following individual course pages. Each course employs a range of student-centred learning methods including tutorials, seminars and, where appropriate, experimental laboratory classes. This is supported by electronic resources and virtual learning environments which can be accessed for learning interaction anywhere in the world. The podiatry masters courses attract and welcome international podiatry students. This informs and maintains the currency of the international podiatry perspective of these innovative courses.

Research degree opportunities

QMU is a small university, specialising in education which is socially and professionally relevant. The research interests of staff cover a broad area of current podiatry issues as well as multidisciplinary healthcare. Full details can be found on the website but areas of interest include: diabetes and plantar pressure analysis; lower limb vascular disease; biomechanics; orthotics; musculoskeletal foot problems and blood flow.


You will have access to the Learning Resource Centre (LRC), Effective Learning Service and a range of student support services as a postgraduate student at QMU. The LRC is designed to be accessed from anywhere in the world and boasts access to the latest relevant books, eBooks, DVDs, eJournals and websites.

As a distance e-learning QMU student you will be provided with access to our Virtual Learning Environment (The Hub) where you will be supported by a tutor, given access to course material and be in contact with students studying the same course. You will also be provided with access to the range of QMU computer software throughout your period of study, given electronic storage space within the QMU network, and be provided with a QMU email address throughout your period of study.

Career prospects and guideline salaries

Our postgraduate courses offer variety as well as specialisation and the course which you choose will depend, in part, on what you want to study and where you want to direct your career. Students can also elect to move to professional doctorate study before completion of the masters degree. Progress to professional doctorate study can be requested once 120 master’s credits have been obtained and progression on to surgical practice can be obtained once students have gained their MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery.

Students studying at postgraduate level may be private practitioners or may be employed in the NHS. An example of salary scales within the NHS is available below.

Possible career progression - Estimated guideline salary

Band 5 - £21,000 to £27,000

Band 6 - £25,528 to £34,189

Band 7 - £30,460 to £40,157

Band 8 - (a,b,c,d) £38,851 – £80,810

Band 9 - (consultant level) £77,079 – £97,478

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