Theory of Podiatric Surgery MSc

2019-20 (also available for 2018-19 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20 and 2017-18)

2018-19 (also available for 2017-18)

This specialist course offers qualified podiatrists the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills to start on the path to becoming a podiatric surgeon through learning in study blocks.

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

2 years part-time

Places available (subject to change)

10-15

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472561

About the course

Podiatric surgeons undertake invasive surgery on the foot and ankle, as well as manage a wide range of conditions surgically. This course offers practicing and newly qualified podiatrists the opportunity to expand and develop their knowledge and skills in this specialist area.

The course will begin your training and assist you to gain the competencies required to become a podiatric surgeon.

Involvement from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists ensures that our course meets the current needs of the profession and its existing training programmes. Teaching is also supported by the Northern Deanery of the Directorate of Podiatric Surgery.

You will be taught by a team who are all practicing clinicians within podiatric practice. The part-time 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.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for this course are normally:

  • 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.
  • Registration 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.

Course Detail

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 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.

James graduated from the Theory of Podiatric Surgery MSc

“The course was well structured and incorporated a number of modules designed to provide a foundation of surgical knowledge upon which to build. The course has provided me with the essential skills to specialise in my desired field and I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in this area.”

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.

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HEFCE, 2016).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*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; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

A wide range of resources are also offered within the School of Human and Health Sciences, which provides you with support in a variety of areas. These include:

Student Hub: a one stop shop for students, studying within the School. Their services include offering advice on extenuating circumstances and extension requests, organising appointments with academic staff, signposting to other support networks, welfare support, as well as binding, loan of MP3 recorders and print credit.

Academic Skills Development Team: provides guidance about how students can develop their academic skills in order to improve their grades. The team provide support with general academic skills including essay writing, time management, presentations and group work skills; information technology and numeracy; research skills, as well as personal development for example confidence building and assertiveness.

Student Support Officer: provides confidential and impartial advice on welfare and course related issues.

Royal Literary Fund Fellow: a professional writer who helps students improve their essay writing. They provide assistance with structuring essays, developing an argument and improving the style and use of language.

Learning Technology Support Unit: helps students with any problems they experience with the University’s Unilearn System, including logging on or difficulties experienced when accessing modules.

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.

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