The Podiatry and Education MSc is for practising podiatrists wanting to build on their skills and knowledge, advance their professional practice, and earn a further professional and academic qualification.
The course helps you to develop your clinical and communication skills, and broaden your knowledge of podiatry and complementary education while earning a formal qualification.
We are known for our flexible approaches to practice-based learning, with course durations and intensities that can be adapted to your individual needs and outside commitments.
The course is designed to fit around your existing practice hours. Week-long intensive study blocks allow attendance for students based in the UK, EU and internationally.
The University of Brighton developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and we have been recognised by podiatry's professional bodies for the standard of our teaching. You will have access to our excellent facilities including our own hospital, and Human Movement Laboratory.
Our expert lecturers are all active members of the SCP, ensuring that both the team and the curriculum stay up to date with podiatry policy and practice.
Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.
To be awarded the Podiatry and Education MSc, you must successfully complete six modules and a dissertation. Alternatively, you can study individual modules, being awarded a PGDip on completion of six modules, or a PGCert on completion of three specified modules.
The course is delivered in a variety of ways, typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, simulation in our high-tech Human Movement Laboratory, and practice-based learning in our Leaf Hospital.
School of Health Sciences postgraduate education:
This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to a range of interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects. Find out more: https://www.brighton.ac.uk/Studying-here/Find-a-course/CPD-in-health-sciences/postgraduate-education/index.aspx
• Research Methods for Health Professionals
This module aims both to enable you to increase your critical understanding of published research findings, and to develop specific research skills in the preparation of research proposals, project design, methods of data collection, analysis and presentation.
You will discuss relevant ethical issues and sources of information, and review and practice appropriate methods of data manipulation and analysis.
Plus two modules from this list
• Anatomy for Podiatric Practice
• Rheumatology and the Lower Limb
• Diagnostic Imaging
• Clinical Pharmacology
• The Foot in Diabetes
• Pathology and Microbiology
• Off-loading the At-risk Foot
• Foot and Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Pathology and Clinical Biomechanics
• Surgical Management of the Foot
• Principles of Practice-based Learning 1 and 2 (HEM26 and HEM27)
• Practice-based Learning in Action (HEM28)
You will have access to the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility, which offers a podiatry service and a private practice physiotherapy service. This gives you a further opportunity to gain practical experience treating patients throughout your degree.
The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms, allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a complete range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment, including gait analysis, imaging and more.
You will benefit from use of the orthotics department, where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course.
On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures and a human anatomy lab where you will study prosection and take part in lower limb dissection.
Human Movement Laboratory:
The Human Movement Laboratory is used widely by our physiotherapy, occupational therapy and podiatry students, and is also used for commercial consultancy.
In the lab you will use the latest technology to measure and assess all aspects of human movement, joints, muscles, soft tissue structure and nerves. The laboratory has equipment for conducting cardio-pulmonary investigations including Cosmed metabolic system and spirometry.
Careers and Employability
Masters-level education is an important component of advanced and specialist practice. It allows you greater autonomy and to accelerate personal and professional development or promotion in your practice.
Feedback from students who have completed this course shows that they have progressed their careers in education and management, to higher levels of study and clinical specialisation.
Completion of the Podiatry and Education MSc will also prepare you for further study at MPhil and PhD level if you wish to continue pursuing an academic path.