Postgraduate

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine degree is a comprehensive course designed to produce highly trained and competent podiatrists who are well prepared to enter clinical practice as primary contact health care practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle.

Careers and further study

Explore the career opportunities available to you.

Career Pathways

DPM graduates will be eligible for registration as general podiatrists in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, parts of Canada without the need for any further preregistration training or compulsory internship.
DPM graduates will be eligible for registration as general podiatrists in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, parts of Canada without the need for any further preregistration training or compulsory internship.
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Career Opportunities

Further Study

A 3-year full-time, or 6-year part-time, Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (DPS) course is available for suitable graduates who wish to specialise in elective foot surgery. Research degrees are also available, Doctor of Podiatry or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for graduate podiatrists interested in a career in clinical research.
A 3-year full-time, or 6-year part-time, Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (DPS) course is available for suitable graduates who wish to specialise in elective foot surgery. Research degrees are also available, Doctor of Podiatry or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) for graduate podiatrists interested in a career in clinical research.

Fees and scholarships

Learn more about the fees that apply to you for this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Full Fee Paying (FFP) & Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP)

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee (CSP only) - 2022
$8,825.24
Typical Fee Range (CSP only) - 2022
$3,985.00 - $14,630.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.
International Fees

Postgraduate – onshore students

Annual course fees are calculated based on a standard annual study load of 48 credit points.

Course Credit Points
144
Total Course Fee - 2022
$179,100.00

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to students from a diverse range of backgrounds, including academic achievement, financial need, educational disadvantage, leadership and community service, artistic or sporting achievements, and being from a rural or remote area.

Cost of living

There are a few things to consider before applying to study at university. One could be your cost of living. This can depend on factors such as lifestyle, accommodation, tuition fees, medical insurance, textbooks and more. For an indication of expenses and average costs, see our Cost of living page.

Admission requirements

If you’re interested in furthering your career by studying this postgraduate degree, find out the admission details below.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—
(a) a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA;
and
(b) the equivalent of a health and medical sciences UWA grade point average (GPA) of at least 5.0;
and
(c) demonstrated adequate knowledge in two of the following health and/or medical science areas at a tertiary level:
anatomy, human biology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics, microbiology, genetics, immunology or biological chemistry.
OR
(d) assured pathway
OR
(e) indigenous pathway
ADMISSION INFORMATION

Entry to a professional degree

The professional degrees of medicine, dentistry, podiatric medicine and pharmacy are offered at postgraduate level only. For application information relating to these degrees, visit our admissions page.

 

ADMISSION INFORMATION

Ranking and Selection Process

Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on—
(a) the admission requirements under Rule 4;
and
(b) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in podiatrists, with invitation to attend the interview based on Rule 4, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;
and
(c) the intake quota for that year;
and
(d) equal weighting of the GPA and interview.
OR
(e) assured pathway
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

English competency

English is the language of instruction and assessment at UWA and you will need to meet the English language requirements of the University to be eligible for a place.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

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Course details

Most graduate podiatrists will work in private practice, clinics or hospitals and see an interesting and wide range of patients with foot and leg problems often associated with other medical conditions. Many podiatrists develop expertise in a specific area of podiatry, such as the management of sporting injuries or podiatric biomechanics, treatment of the high-risk foot, the elderly or children's foot and leg problems. Podiatrists are independent practitioners with the right to perform minor foot surgery, refer patients for relevant investigative tests and to administer drugs necessary for the treatment of podiatric conditions.

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About the course

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, tutorials, practical training and directed self-learning. Case-based and problem-based learning will be used to emphasise patient focused practice. Clinical practice will start in second year and follow into the third year.
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Quick details

Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence at the beginning of February each year.
Weekly contact time
  • 20 hours of formal contact with several hours of independent preparation required for Problem Based Learning (PBLs)/ Case Based Learning (CBLs) and completing lab reports. The first year will be 40 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91870
CRICOS code
  • 075343A
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Status
  • Available
Locations
  • Perth (Crawley campus)
Attendance
  • Full-time only
Delivery
  • On-campus
Starting dates
  • The course will commence at the beginning of February each year.
Weekly contact time
  • 20 hours of formal contact with several hours of independent preparation required for Problem Based Learning (PBLs)/ Case Based Learning (CBLs) and completing lab reports. The first year will be 40 weeks in total.
Level of study
  • Postgraduate
Course Code
  • 91870
CRICOS code
  • 075343A
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years

Course structure

Postgraduate coursework degrees and combined (coursework and research) degrees comprise a number of units. Refer to the course structure for more information.

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Application deadlines

For January 2023 entry applications:

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Top reasons to study Podiatric Medicine at UWA

  • The DPM is the only course available in Australasia whereby students graduate with a Doctoral level training in medicine and surgery of the foot and ankle, supported by a school which also houses specialist post graduate courses such as the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery and PhD in Podiatric Medicine.
  • The DPM course aims to produce highly skilled clinicians who are critical thinkers capable of high-level clinical practice in addition to the conduct and evaluation of medical and surgical research.
  • Hands on learning is optimised through access to world class surgical facilities and a dedicated student podiatric clinic, ensuring students are exposed to clinical environments from early on in the degree

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Graduate Pathways

If you’re interested in this area of study, gain an advantage by choosing to complete a Graduate Pathway which sees you combine your first degree with your second.

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Course Accreditation

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is accredited by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as an approved program of study for general registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia.

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Pathway

School leaver pathway

If you already know what you’d like to study, our Assured Pathways combine your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, providing you with a clearer direction to your career of choice.

Our unique 3+2 course structure means you’ll graduate ahead of the rest, with a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, along with our Bachelor degrees including the Bachelor of Biomedical Science. This means after 5 years you’ll finish with a higher level qualification. Plus, you can demonstrate to employers you have a unique and in-demand skillset by selecting up to two majors and a variety of elective units in your Bachelor degree.

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