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Pre-registration Masters Podiatry Programme


School - School of Health Sciences

Subject area - Biomechanics & Rehabilitation

Start Dates(s): September


Three years full-time


In Brief:

  • You will have the qualification required for Health and Care Professions Council registration as a statutory requirement for practice
  • This qualification will enhance your employability
  • You will have advanced knowledge, skills and attributes to escalate your professional and academic development
  • NHS funding available
  • Work/industrial placement opportunity
  • Clinical placement opportunity
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

This is a unique podiatry programme at master’s level leading to Health and Care Profession Council registration. Currently the only programme in the UK.

This is a 3 year full-time programme in which you will be developing practical skills with patients from the first semester (in the University in-house clinics) and then on placement within health services in subsequent years. The placements will be in wide variety of specialisms and you will be supervised by experienced and specialist podiatrists. Aligned with this is the academic component of acquisition of knowledge, the development of critical enquiry, research and application of research into practice. You will be taught by national and internationally recognised academics who are subject specialists. You will also have the opportunity to be involved in the Foot and Ankle Research Programme, led by Professor Chris Nester. You will be taught by and have opportunity to work with senior post-doctoral researchers who, have published in peer reviewed journals and written books aligned to the profession. You will be supported by academic, personal tutors and placement supervisors in the development of skills for critical reflection in order to ensure ongoing professional and personal development, and enhance employability. 

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

"I decided after completing my first degree, and working in various graduate jobs, that I wanted to pursue a career in healthcare. Through family, I undertook various placements and decided on podiatry. When I arrived at the University for my interview, the Masters course was mentioned to me. As I already had a degree, the Masters programme really appealed because it allowed me to gain the qualification, whilst also developing my study skills further by exploring the theory side at Masters level. 

I was apprehensive to begin with as podiatry was so far removed from my undergraduate degree, but the  resources meant that I have been able to explore the subject matter with confidence much further than would have been possible on the Bsc programme, and the superb support from staff has allowed me to achieve highly. I have really enjoyed the first year, and while it has been a steep learning curve my confidence in my ability as a future healthcare professional is growing continuously." Sarah Louise Bailey, MSc Podiatry 2016

Course Details

This non-standard 3 year full time programme will provide you with a master’s level academic qualification together with a professional practice qualification, which is a pre-requisite for registration to the Health and Care Professions Council. It will provide you with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become leaders in the podiatry profession with research and/or the clinical roles.

The ethos of the programme is to enhance:

  • application of research into clinical practice
  • application of knowledge into practice through mentorship/teaching
  • application of experience of practice into knowledge
  • escalation of professional and academic development

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017 or later, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see the ‘Fees and Funding’ tab for further details.

Course Structure

Theoretical component - In year 1 and 2 there will be two 30-credit modules in each year with one long thin 60-credit module in year 3.

Practical component – In year 1 and 2 there will be one 30 credit module with one long thin 60 credit module in year 3.

Year 1

Aims to to enable the student to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills applicable to the assessment, diagnosis and management of people with pathologies of the feet with the underpinning of both professional and regulatory requirements and research evidence.
To enable the student to develop and advance their professional and clinical knowledge.
Aims to enable the student to apply the necessary knowledge and develop skills applicable to the assessment, diagnosis and management of people with pathologies of the feet with the underpinning of both professional and regulatory requirements and research evidence.


Aims to enable the student to critically apply knowledge of all the bodies systems, systemic diseases and pathomechanics of the lower limb to the assessment and management of patients with these conditions within professional boundaries. Also aims to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and competently access, supply and administer a range of Prescription only Medicines and Pharmacy only medicines available on the approved list of medicines for HCPC registered Podiatrists.
Aims to enable the student to critically evaluate the management and evaluation skills in specific patient groups focusing on the application of orthotic and footwear therapies and to prepare students to design a research proposal.
Aims to enable the student to further develop proficiencies in the management and evaluation of outcomes within specialist areas and contextualise influences on podiatry practice. Also aims to prepare students to design a research proposal and critically reflect on the application of evidence into practice.

Year 3

Aims to advance the student's ability to utilise a systematic process of inquiry and apply critical thinking and problem solving, in order to carry out research into an aspect of professional, clinical, or organisational practice.
Aims to advance the student's ability to utilise a systematic process of patient assessment and proficiences in the management of complex patients in specialist clinical environments.Aims to enhance the students ability to reflect and contribute to changes in clinical practice at a service level with service user involvement.

Entry Requirements

BSc (Hons) 2:2 and above in a health related subject.

Salford Alternative Entry Scheme (SAES)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course.

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

English Language Requirements

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 7.0 (no element below 6.5) is proof of this.

Suitable For

This programme is suitable for those individuals who already have a BSc (Hons) in a health related subject (such as sports science, biological sciences, pharmacy, nursing ) who are looking for a career change with opportunities for employment in health services as a podiatrist, research / academic posts or commercial posts related to podiatry. The programme requires individuals who are committed to academic, personal and leadership skills development.

Fees 2017-18

Type of StudyFee

Please note: For applications for entry in September 2017, fees will be paid via the NHS. For entry after this, it is likely there will be changes to the funding of fees and a bursary may no longer be available. Please see more information on the proposed changes here, and we will update this page as soon as the changes are confirmed.


  • Lectures - will provide foundation material for further study as well as guest lectures by key individuals from practice, service users & carers and academia to ensure students are exposed to the wider national and international context of podiatry.
  • Individual and group tutorials - will enable peer learning to take place as well as more focused individual learning needs.
  • Critical Reflection on practice experience and ongoing personal and professional development through PDP/log book.
  • Self- directed learning - essential for development of key skills and independence in choice of learning material.
  • Teaching and learning experience in clinical practice will include exposure to a range of clinical placements where students learning will be facilitated by experienced practitioners in specific fields of practice, including other members of health and social care professions.


Theoretical components

  • Assignment 20%
  • Objective structured exam 10%
  • Exam 10%
  • Viva 20%

Practical components

  • Log book /PDP 100%

Postgraduate Staff Profile

Dr Anita Williams
Following on from many years of clinical experience as a specialist podiatrist she became a full time academic at the University of Salford in 1999. In 2014 she was awarded the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Glasg) Fellowship for her work in research, clinical practice and education.

Her areas of clinical and research interest are in podiatry, long term conditions foot health interventions, health behavior and professional development. A University of Salford Vice Chancellor Scholarship in 2000 followed by external funding has supported her research with the award PhD in 2008. In 2002 she was awarded the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology Silver Medal for Clinical Research. She is a senior member of the qualitative component within numerous studies within the Foot and Ankle research programme. She has over 30 publications in peer reviewed journals and has written and contributed to several books. Anita is passionate about personal and professional development of individuals, the translation of research into clinical practice, research as an opportunity to support clinical services and the involvement of people with long term musculoskeletal conditions as research partners.

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Career Prospects

Currently, BSc (Hons) students work within NHS services or the independent sector.

With this new programme it is anticipated that in addition to the above, the students will increase their employability in these areas and also increase their career progression. It is also anticipated that students may subsequently want to continue in education to complete PhD studies or to gain employment in the commercial sector.

Links with Industry

NHS clinical services/ commercial organisations aligned to podiatry for placements, career advice and mentorship.

Further Study

PhD in the Foot and Ankle research programme – Health Sciences


Podiatry clinic

Our podiatry clinic adds a cutting-edge to your training, as well as providing a valuable asset to the local community.

The clinic includes:

  • Private cubicles
  • Orthoses suite with workshops
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing facilities
  • Gait examination room
  • Seminar rooms
  • Gait laboratory
  • Anatomy room
  • Clinical skills rooms


Clinical gait analysis and research facility

This laboratory was part of a £1.5 million renovation of the podiatry clinical education and research spaces. The laboratory hosts the Salford Gait Analysis Service which provides quantitative gait analysis and consultation services for four National Health Service Trusts in the Manchester area.

The service supports the care of children with cerebral palsy by enabling assessment of their gait to input to their care pathways. We also offer gait and human movement assessment related to amputees, neuromuscular disorders (such as stroke) and a range of orthopaedics disorders.

The equipment includes:

  • 10 Qualisys OQUS motion analysis cameras
  • Four AMTI force plates embedded into the floor
  • Custom stairs that integrate with the force plates are available
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • Eight channel Noraxon Telemyo G2T wireless EMG system with associated foot switches and accelerometry
  • Tekscan pressure system.

Clinical Gait

Human movement laboratory

This is the original gait laboratory within the University, and is located adjacent to the prosthetics and orthotics clinical suite and technical workshops.

This lab is used for research, clinical and educational work and has:

  • 10 camera Vicon 612 motion analysis system
  • Two Kistler force plates (embedded into the floor)
  • Two Kistler force plates located in a purpose built portable walkway
  • 12 Xsens inertial measuring units
  • One eight-channel MIE telemetric electromyography system
  • Visual 3D real-time analysis software
  • ORLAU video vector generator.


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