BSc (Hons) Podiatry

What is podiatry?

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 podiatrist must be able to recognise and diagnose a broad range of mobility and medical conditions that have a direct effect on foot health which include diabetes, arthritis, heart and blood disorders, and disorders of the nervous system.

About the Course

This course will equip you with all the skills that you will require to register as a Health and Care Professions Council podiatrist and to practise as a registered podiatrist in the NHS or private sector.

You will study a range of modules each year and attend weekly placements in podiatry clinics where you will be involved in the treatment of podiatry patients. Clinical placements will begin in the very first semester when, with the support of QMU podiatry staff, you will be directly involved in caring for patients. QMU staff and NHS clinical staff will work with you as a student during your four years of clinical placements, to prepare you for working.

In Year Four you will study additional modules relevant for practice and you will also have external NHS placements. During Year Four, you will also carry out research group projects, a clinical practice audit and experience working in clinical specialisms. In your optional modules you will study alongside postgraduate students and this will provide you with a head start for your requirement for continuing professional development (CPD).

We have implemented an interprofessional education (IPE) focus within all of our undergraduate healthcare courses to help produce graduates who are confident in their own professional identity but with additional skills that will allow them to work as effective team members. The IPE component will develop your mutual understanding of roles, expertise and values of other team members; skills and strategies in working in teams; problem solving, team decision making skills; and role flexibility; and ability to learn from others.

Course Structure

This is an honours degree delivered over four years. You will complete a range of modules, as outlined, each year.

Entry Requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Required Subjects: One science at Higher/A Level or equivalent, and Eng and Maths at S/Int2/N5/GCSE.

Mature/Access: SWAP Access to Health Related Studies or Science. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications in sciences and/or experience.

Advanced Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications are considered for entry to Year One.

Other: A satisfactory criminal records check is required.

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5.


Year One

Cell Biology and Physiology/ Communicating and Facilitating Change/ Clinical Studies 1/ Disorders and Management 1/ Foundation Skills for Health Professionals (IPE1)/ Evidence Based Healthcare (EBHC) 1:Making Online Resources Work for You/ Locomotory Science 1 – Anatomy Locomotory Science 1- Principles of Gait/ Manual Handling/ Microbiology

Year Two

Human Physiology and Pharmacology/ Locomotory Science 2 – Anatomy/ Locomotory Science 2 – Normal Gait/ EBHC2: Informing Practice Through Evidence/ Pathophysiology/
Clinical Studies 2/ Disorders and Management 2/ Professional Roles and Interprofessional/ Teamwork (IPE2)

Year Three

Clinical Studies 3/ Dermatology of the Lower Limb/ Disorders and Management 3/ EBHC3: Appraising the Evidence/ Interprofessional working and Person Centred
Care (IPE3)/ Locomotory Science 3 – Anatomy/ Locomotory Science 3 – Pathological Gait/ Professional Issues - Professionalism/

Year Four

Clinical Studies 4/ Developing Resources for Patient Education/ Disorders and Management 4 – Tissue
Viability/ EBHC4: Clinical Audit/ Political and Social Context (IPE4)/ Professional Issues – Preparation for Registration and Practice/ Developing Resources for Patient Education/ Plus one module from the following: Podiatric Mechanics OR Medicine and pathology

NB The modules listed here are correct at time of the printing of our Undergraduate Prospectus 2018 (Feb 2017) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2018. Please check the website for any updates.


Excellent clinical opportunities in the NHS, private practice for those wishing to run their own business, and postgraduate research. Recent graduates have chosen to work in the following areas: community clinics; sports medicine; foot surgery; paediatrics; disease-specific areas (eg diabetes mellitus, health promotion; research; and clinical audit) and have taken up employment opportunities in Canada, Australia, Singapore and Bermuda.

Quick Facts

  • The only UK podiatry course that offers four years of clinical practice.
  • The Podiatry degree at QMU achieved 100% in the National Student Survey ranking the degree top in Scotland and joint top in the UK for student satisfaction.
  • The BSc (Hons) Podiatry is recognised internationally.
  • This course is approved by the Health and Care Professions Council.

Learning and Teaching

In Year One, you will spend 22 hours per week in a classroom setting and less so in later years where there is more independent learning.

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Professional Registration

You must register with the Health and Care Professions Council to work as a podiatrist.


Placements take place each year (see 'About the course' tab for more information).

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2018/19 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Special Information for EU Applicants:   The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2017/8 and 2018/9 academic years will be entitled to free tuition fees in Scotland for the duration of their course. Those assessed as eligible will remain so for the duration of their course. You must apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for funding. For guidance on eligibility and funding please visit the SAAS website.



Course Overview

4 years
Start Date
September 2018
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
Fees & Funding
B985 BSc/Pod

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