Masters degrees in Podiatry focus on the detection, diagnosis and treatment of a range of disorders related to the feet, ankles and lower limbs.
Related postgraduate specialisms include Podiatric Medicine and Theory of Podiatric Surgery. Entry requirements typically include an appropriate undergraduate degree such as Medicine or Biology.
Podiatry disorders may have root causes associated with anatomical, physiological, biochemical and neurobiological ill health (for example, diabetic people commonly have foot problems). As a result, courses in this field tend to be interdisciplinary in nature, combining training in professional practice with both general medicine and physical assessment.
Most courses offer training within a hospital or healthcare centre, working with patients directly. Activities could include fitting assistive items such as insoles and leg braces, learning to prescribe and administer medications and treatments such as physiotherapy, and administering pathological tests.
You may wish to specialise in podiatric surgery for careers in clinical practice, which could include branching into orthopaedic surgery. Alternatively, you might explore roles in sports medicine and rehabilitation, using your expertise in health centres, sports club or public gyms. Other careers may also include charity work or jurisprudence for medical and sporting associations.
This flexible MSc course provides an opportunity for podiatrists to develop their own programme of study at master’s level when studying from their own home or work base. It does not lead to registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
This innovative course will allow you to choose from a range of modules to develop your own master’s qualification, or to customise the course content in response to modern day podiatry practice, keeping you up to date with the latest developments and improving your career prospects.
The course can be studied at a time most suitable for you, through a distance e-learning route with tutor support and no requirement to attend QMU.
Distance e-learning modules will be taught using QMU’s virtual learning environment which requires access to the internet at a time most suitable to you. The virtual learning environment will be used to deliver course content, group tutorial discussion, tutor support and course work assignment submissions. Your performance will be assessed by coursework assignments, however, some modules require an examination. Class sizes are usually less than 15 students.
Course content will depend on the module size. Single modules worth 15 credits will run for a shorter time, usually 3 to 4 months, whereas double modules, which are worth 30 credits, will run for approximately 6 months. Double modules will begin in September and single modules can begin in either September or January.
The Pharmacology for Podiatrists module has been approved by the Health and Care Professions Council for annotation on their professional register.
There are two routes to choose from:
Distance e-learning route
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits) You should also study 90 credits from the following: Current Developments (30 credits)/ Tissue Viability (30 credits)/ The Ageing Foot (30 credits)/ Management of Diabetes and its Complications (30 credits)/ Evaluation of Diabetes and Developing Practice (15 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)/ Pharmacology for Podiatrists (15 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work-Based Learning (15, 30 or 45 credits) / Diabetes: Pathology, Physiology and it’s Complications (30 credits)/ Epidemiology (15 credits)/ Podiatry Mechanics (15 credits)/ Medicine and Pathology (15 credits)
Customised route with own topic selection
Compulsory Modules: Research Methods (30 credits)/ Research Project (60 credits)/ Current Developments (30 credits)/ Developing Professional Practice Work Based Learning (45 credits)/ Digital Literacies (15 credits)
This course will help you incorporate your new-found skills and can contribute to continuing professional development. This course will also allow you to develop your own area of interest. An example of this has been a student who has developed an expertise in analysing the movement of the foot through the use of finite element modelling.
This course has been designed for practicing and newly qualified podiatrists who wish to further their career to work at a higher level of practice by expanding their knowledge and skills in the specialist areas within the profession. It provides the opportunity for you to focus on podiatric specialisms including musculoskeletal or management of long-term conditions. The course also helps you to advance your specialist skills through options modules including injection therapy, independent prescribing, diagnostic imaging, forensic podiatry, woundcare and tissue viability.
You will be taught by academics who are all practising clinicians within podiatric practice. The course has been designed in a way to provide minimal disruption to your clinic time, as your attendance on campus is concentrated into study blocks.
Develop a solid academic foundation in a rapidly changing field with our MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery. Accredited by the College of Podiatry in London and offered in collaboration with Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, this part-time programme prepares you to pursue a successful career in advanced practice or podiatric surgery.
We draw on a wide variety of current teaching methods and combine independent work with a team approach to care, giving you a new perspective on critical thinking, problem-solving and reflexive practice in the field. Your programme will arm you with the skills and tools you need to improve the quality and widen the scope of your practice – advancing your own career while you contribute to the common good.
You’ll learn to systematically gather and appraise information and make sound judgements even in the absence of complete data – and you’ll prepare to share those discoveries with your colleagues and the broader healthcare community.
Anatomy for Surgical Practice; Principles of Diagnostic Investigations; Podiatric Mechanics; Pharmacology for Podiatric; Medicine and Pathology; Diagnostic Imaging - Interpretive; Research Methods; Masters Dissertation. Please note: not all modules will be offered every academic year.
The learning and teaching methods we use ensure that our programme is both vocationally relevant and academically challenging. Our approach is student-centred, practical, participative and relevant to the needs of employers.
We've moved away from the traditional teacher-centric learning to a more independent learning approach, where you are encouraged to develop critical thinking skills.
We use a wide range of learning and teaching methods to ensure that you have both the necessary knowledge and understanding of business and management and a portfolio of intellectual and personal skills.
Each module on the programme uses its own learning, teaching and assessment strategy to achieve learning objectives. Assessment methods vary between modules and may include unseen examinations, class tests, essays, management reports, case studies, presentations, and group work.
This programme is approved by the College of Podiatry, London and the Australasian College of Podiatric Surgery , ACPS.
The skills you acquire in our part-time MSc Theory of Podiatric Surgery will help you advance your career in surgery, musculoskeletal practice or an advanced clinical setting – whether you work in the UK or abroad. Successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma (PgD) is a prerequisite to eligibility for practical study under the mentorship of a podiatric surgeon.
This innovative course will provide podiatrists with a theoretical underpinning of podiatric surgery and the opportunity to specialise in surgery.
Podiatric surgery has developed rapidly over the last 15 years as a post-registration professional development, and provides the podiatrist working within the NHS or in private practice with the opportunity to extend their scope of practice to include surgical management of foot and ankle pathologies. This course provides the podiatrist with the theoretical underpinning required to pursue this career route. The modular course is a collaborative initiative offered in partnership with Glasgow Caledonian University.
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. Class sizes are normally around 10-15.
This course is delivered by attendance and by online learning. You will generally be required to attend QMU/ Glasgow Caledonian University a few days a week to participate in classes. You will also be required to carry out additional self directed independent work. Your exact attendance (days and hours) at QMU/ GCU will depend on which module you are studying. The part-time route allows you to space your studies out over a longer period of time to suit your needs.
The course is approved by the Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians, Glasgow, The Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh, and the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists (SOCAP). 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.
15 credits: Anatomy for Surgical Practice+/ Principles of Diagnostic Investigations+ (online)/ Podiatric Mechanics* / Pharmacology for Podiatric Surgery * (online)/ Medicine and Pathology (online)
30 credits: Diagnostic Imaging- Interpretive +(online)/ Research Methods* (online) If studying for an MSc, you will also complete a dissertation (60 credits).
* delivered by QMU
+ delivered by Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU)
This course will provide the theoretical underpinning for those students wishing a career in podiatric surgery.
The MSc degree in Medical Ultrasound, a CASE accredited course has been developed by AECC University College School of Medical Ultrasound, to support professional development for healthcare professions including radiographers, physiotherapists, chiropractors, podiatrists, nurses, midwives and doctors.
The aim being for healthcare professionals to attain the generic skills and attitudes of continuing professional development, experiential learning and reflective practice, and to develop advanced clinical and practical skills in ultrasound practice.
• MSK Upper Limb Ultrasound
• MSK Lower Limb Ultrasound
• MSK Hip/Groin Ultrasound
• Gynaecology Ultrasound
• Obstetrics Ultrasound
• General Ultrasound
• Negotiated Ultrasound Skills (for example: Soft Tissue, Contrast Studies, Guided Injections)
Find out more about the MSc Medical Ultrasound over at the AECC University College website.
The units will be taught using a range of teaching and learning methods including:
• Practical skills classes
• Small group work
Apply for MSc Medical Ultrasound by 31st July 2018 for October 2018 start.