Podiatry MSc 2017-18This course also available for 2018-19 entry
About the course
This course currently offers:
• Increased career opportunities by helping you to develop skills and knowledge in specialist areas of podiatric practice.
• A teaching team who are all practising clinicians within podiatric practice.
This course has been designed for podiatrists who wish to further their career by expanding their knowledge of the specialist areas within the profession. It provides the opportunity for you to focus on podiatric specialisms including Musculoskeletal, diabetes or forensic podiatry. It also provides the chance to update your clinical practice by utilising up-to-date research evidence, policy documents and a wide range of clinical experience, which may result in improved patient care.
18 / 09 / 2017
1 year full-time
• Possess an Honours degree in Podiatry or an equivalent qualification. Individuals without Honours or with a Diploma in Podiatric Medicine will be considered on an individual basis by the admission team.
• Be registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) or the relevant registration authority in your country of origin.
• If you trained overseas, you must be registered with an appropriate governing body. For applicants whose first language or language of instruction is not English you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum of IELTS 7.0 overall with no element lower than 6.5, will be considered acceptable, or equivalent.
Project (Health Related)
This module provides the opportunity to develop a working project proposal facilitated with learning materials and procedural guidance made available electronically. In addition you will attend lectures and have access to supervision with a subject specialist or researcher in the field. You will be assessed through submission of coursework in the form of a project.
120 credits from the following option modules:
Theory of Clinical Practice
You will have the opportunity to improve your clinical skills in a wide variety of clinical settings, including the University’s podiatry clinic and placement in practice. Placements will be focused on your choice of podiatric specialism. You will deal with complex health issues both systematically and creatively, and communicate your conclusions clearly. Your ability to demonstrate advanced clinical practice skills will be explored through a piece of coursework.
Clinical Assessment and Management
In this module you will appraise and apply a broad range of assessment and management strategies relating to the lower limb. You will study the practical application of advanced investigations into the musculoskeletal, vascular, and neurological status of the lower limb and the associated treatment approaches. You will also focus on the concepts of evidence-based practice, clinical reasoning, problem solving and evaluation of those strategies. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Clinical Investigations and Diagnostic Imaging for Podiatrists
This module provides the opportunity for you to develop the key skills required to order and interpret a range of clinical investigations and imaging modalities used in the diagnosis and management of foot and lower limb pathology. You will be assessed by a practical exam and written exam.
Crime Scene Science Awareness
An overview of Search and Recovery of evidence at the crime scene, Handling Exhibits, Collection of Evidence, Crime Scene Management, Quality, Continuity, Storage of Evidence, Finger Marks, Finger Marks Development, Footwear Marks, Documents, Handwriting and Signatures, E-forensics, Photography and CCTV.
You will be introduced to the skills and competences required to understand the rudiments of Forensic Podiatry. You will focus on the practice of forensic techniques such as photography, print and foot impression capture, footwear construction and fit and the appreciation of wear features. This theory-based module will encourage participation in workshop settings. You will be assessed by one piece of coursework.
Injection therapy (Theory) for the Foot and Ankle
This module provides the opportunity for you to advance your practice using the theoretical knowledge that underpins clinical practice for injection therapies in the foot and ankle. You will be encouraged to develop an understanding of the principles and actions of the drugs available and techniques used in their administration. Assessment will involve completing two exams.
Person Centred Care
This module will develop your existing knowledge and skills in communication of person centred care. You will be introduced to the theoretical and practical aspects of effective communication in your practice. Exposure to a range of theoretical concepts will enable critical thinking surrounding service user care. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework.
Quality and Presentation of Evidence
Quality control and assurance, An introduction to case assessment and interpretation, Note taking (Crime Scene Reports and Forensic Examination Notes), Report Writing and Production of Expert Witness Statements, Giving oral Evidence and the Role of Forensic Sciences in the courts.
We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.
We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.
We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.
Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.
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The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.
This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your career by helping you to develop skills and knowledge in specialist areas of podiatric practice.
Teaching and assessment
Teaching is delivered through a range of teaching methods including podcasts, practical sessions and group discussions. Assessment will involve a combination of seminar presentations, practical assessments and oral examinations.
Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.
Feedback (usually written) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.
Huddersfield is the only University where 100% of the teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*
*permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.
How much will it cost me?
In 2017/18, the full-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £5,100 (see Fees and Finance for exceptions). Tuition fees will cover the cost of your study at the University as well as charges for registration, tuition, supervision and examinations. For more information about funding, fees and finance for UK/EU students, including what your tuition fee covers, please see Fees and Finance. Please note that tuition fees for subsequent years of study may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X).
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