BSc (Hons) 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.

This is the only UK podiatry course with four years of clinical practice. Placements are an integral part of this course and occur weekly. In the National Student Survey 2016, this course scored 100% for student satisfaction.

Why QMU?

  • The only UK podiatry course that offers four years of clinical practice.
  • The BSc (Hons) Podiatry is recognised internationally.

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 additional external NHS placements. During Year Four, you will also carry out group audits and experience working in clinical specialisms.

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.



This is a four-year, full-time honours degree. You will complete a range of modules each year, as outlined.



Year One modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • 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 modules

  • Clinical Studies 4
  • Developing Resources for Patient Education
  • Disorders and Management 4 – Tissue Viability
  • EBHC4: Clinical Audit
  • Political and Social Contexts (IPE4)
  • Professional Issues – Preparation for Registration and Practice
  • plus one module from Podiatric Mechanics OR Medicine and Pathology

The modules listed here are correct at time of print (Feb 2018) but may differ slightly to those offered in 2019. Please check the website for any updates.



Clinical placements provide the opportunity to integrate practice with theory, by working directly with patients. In Year One, from Semester Two, you will have a half day NHS placement every week. In Year Two, you will have two to three half day NHS placements each week over the year. In Years Three and Four, you will have weekly and block placements in a variety of NHS settings. Academic staff will arrange and co-ordinate your placement.


Exchange opportunities



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.


Entry requirements

Scottish Higher: BBBC

A Level: CCC

Irish Leaving Certificate: H2 H3 H3 H3

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

International: IELTS of 6.0 with no element lower than 5.5

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

Mature/ Access: See related Access courses. We welcome applications from mature students with other relevant qualifications in sciences and/or experience.

Direct Entry: Not available. Relevant HN qualifications may be considered for entry to Year One.

Other requirements: A satisfactory criminal records check is also required.

Associate student places


Professional registration/ accreditation

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


Teaching staff, class sizes and timetables

For more information, please see ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’.

Awarding body

QMU. For more information, please see ‘External Review’ section on the ‘How we teach and how you’ll learn’ page.

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2019/20 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Undergraduate).

Teaching staff may be subject to change.

 Special Information for EU Applicants The Scottish Government has confirmed that undergraduate EU students enrolling in the 2019/20 academic year 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 2019
On campus
Study Abroad
School of Health Sciences
Subject Area
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Daniel Pauley - BSc (Hons) Podiatry “As a student of QMU, I am no longer overlooked - I am more than just a number. I have people who are 100% behind me and are helping me achieve my goals. This encouragement means I’ve developed a passion for learning and I always keep classes running late because I ask so many questions". read my story...