Theory of Podiatric Surgery MSc 2017-18

This course also available for 2018-19 entry

About the course

This course currently offers:

•  Teaching supported by the Northern Deanery of the Faculty of Surgeons.

•  A multidisciplinary teaching team including consultant radiologists, radiographers and pharmacologists.

•  The opportunity to gain Prescription Only Medicines (POMs) for Podiatrists registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

•  Minimal disruption to your clinic time, as attendance on campus is required for just three one week blocks.

Podiatric surgeons undertake invasive surgery on the foot and ankle and manage a wide range of conditions surgically. This course offers qualified podiatrists the opportunity to expand and develop your knowledge and skills in this specialist area, equipping you with the competencies to start on the path to becoming a podiatric surgeon. The Surgical Faculty of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists was involved with the development of this course to ensure that our provision meets the current needs of the profession and its existing training programmes.

Start date:
18 / 09 / 2017


2 years part-time

Entry requirements

You should:

• 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.

You may be eligible to gain accreditation for your prior learning towards this course.


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Course content

Year 1

Core modules:

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.

Principles of Podiatric Surgery

This module will present the key principles that underpin podiatric surgical practice and introduce the surgical skills required to support that practice. It will cover in-depth anatomy of the foot as well as providing an opportunity for surgical dissection/prosection of the foot and lower limb. The module is an introduction to the complete surgical episode of care from pre-operative assessment to discharge, it includes peri-operative care, surgical technique and principles of bone fixation. If you are not working within a surgical team, we may be able to assist you in arranging some observational placement experience. You will be assessed through one piece of coursework and an exam.

Year 2

Core modules:

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.

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.

Important information

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.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Career opportunities

This course offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills in podiatric surgery, which will help you to start a career in this specialist area.

Professional links and accreditations

This course is currently accredited by the Faculty of Podiatric Surgery of the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatry.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching will be delivered through study blocks, which require your attendance at the University. This will also be supported by online learning, podcasts and discussion forums. A variety of other teaching methods will be used including practical theatre sessions and the study of areal life case studies where you will have the opportunity to review anonymous, real case files of patients. Assessment will involve seminar presentations, assignments oral examinations and clinical assessments.

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 part-time tuition fee for UK and EU postgraduate students at the University of Huddersfield will generally be £425 per 15 credit module and £850 per 30 credit module (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).

If you are an international student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available.

Please email the Student Finance Office or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

How to apply

We hope you're interested in what you've seen. If you would like to apply to join us, please complete the part-time online application form and refer to the guidance notes provided.

Please note, the closing date is 31 July 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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