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  • Study Type

    Part time available

  • Subject Areas


  • Start Date

    September, January

  • Course Duration

    Part-time: 3-5 years

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • Course Fees


  • Last Updated

    05 December 2019

This innovative course will give you the theoretical knowledge and expert guidance that you need. You can study the MSc part-time, to fit in with your current work commitments.

The last 20 years have seen a rapid increase in podiatrists choosing to pursue post-registration training in the field of podiatry surgery. This course was specifically developed to give students the knowledge and skills they need to pursue this flourishing career path. Other interested healthcare professionals can also complete individual modules. We deliver this MSc jointly with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).

You could begin this modular course as a podiatrist in either the NHS or in private practice, and be looking to develop your career into the area of podiatric surgery. 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.

Teaching, learning and assessment

A range of student-centred learning methods including tutorials, seminars and experimental laboratory classes are utilised. Your performance will be assessed by a variety of methods including course work and examination.

Teaching hours and attendance

This course is primarily delivered online, with the exception of two modules: for Podiatric Mechanics you would attend QMU for five days and for Anatomy for Surgical Practice you would attend GCU for five days. You will also be required to carry out additional self-directed independent work. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs.

Links with industry/professional bodies

The course is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the College of Podiatrists. 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.


  • Anatomy for Surgical Practice+ (15 credits)
  • Principles of Diagnostic Investigations+ (online)(15 credits) 
  • Podiatric Mechanics* (15 credits)
  • Pharmacology for Podiatric Surgery *(online) (15 credits)
  • Medicine and Pathology (online) (15 credits)
  • Diagnostic Imaging-Interpretive+ (online) (30 credits)
  • Research Methods* (online) (30 credits)

If studying for an MSc you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of posting (September 2019). However this course is due to undergo revalidation in April 2020 which may result in some changes.

Please check our website for updates. In the event that modules are changed, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

* delivered by QMU + delivered by GCU


This course will provide the theoretical underpinning for those students wishing a career in podiatric surgery.

Quick Facts

  • Accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons Edinburgh, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow. 
  • The course provides the theoretical underpinning required for surgical training. 
  • It also provides an academic programme for those podiatrists working or having ambitions to work in extended MSK (musculoskeletal) roles.

Visit the PgCert/PgDip/MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery page on the Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh website for more details!




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