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

Take your studies to a new level with a postgraduate degree and discover what career opportunities lie ahead. 

Stand out from the crowd with a qualification from one of Australia’s leading institutions. 

Develop and form relationships with industry leaders. 

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.
This course could lead to these

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. For fee type definitions and further assistance, see the Fee Calculator Help page. You can also search our database for scholarships that are relevant to you or this course.

Domestic Fees

Postgraduate – Commonwealth supported students

The Annual Fee is an estimate only based on a standard annual study load of 48 points.


For Commonwealth Supported Places, student contribution amounts are charged by unit. For an accurate fee estimate, go to the Fee Calculator and select “I want to price my units”.

For Full Fee Paying places, students are charged an annual course fee. Visit the Fee Calculator and select your course to see the annual and total course fees.

Course Credit Points
144
Average Annual Fee - 2020
$9,094.47
Typical Fee Range - 2020
$6,684.00 - $11,155.00

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

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 - 2019
$163,200.00
Total Course Fee - 2020
$166,500.00

Scholarships

Postgraduate scholarships support UWA's position as one of Australia's leading research-intensive universities and the premier research institution in WA.

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 UWA grade point average of at least 5.0;
and
(c)(i) a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants; or
(ii) a Medical College Admission Test score of at least 8/8/8 prior to April 2015, or 123/123/123/123 after April 2015 for international applicants; or
(iii) completed a human biology, animal biology, physiology, pharmacology, genetics or microbiology unit at a tertiary level; and completed a chemistry or biological chemistry unit at a tertiary level.
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

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.

How to apply

Ready to apply for this postgraduate course? Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way to joining us at UWA.

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.

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 2021
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
  • 90870
CRICOS code
  • 075343A
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Status
  • Available 2021
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
  • 90870
CRICOS code
  • 075343A
Full time/part time duration
  • 3 years
Degrees course is available in
  • Doctor of Podiatric Medicine
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Application deadlines

For January 2021 graduate entry, applications are now open and will close on 30 September 2020.
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

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

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.

Course Accreditation

The DPM is accredited by the Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council as an entry-to-practice qualification as a general podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia.
Student Experience

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Student Experience
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School of Allied Health

The School of Allied Health at The University of Western Australia offers pathways to a career in health and social work through postgraduate courses.

School leaver pathway

If you already know what you’d like to study, our Direct 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.

What is a direct pathway?

Completing postgraduate study (your second degree) means you’ll stand out in the crowd due to your higher level of skills and knowledge. A Direct Pathway allows you to secure your place in both your Bachelor degree and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine while you’re in year 12.

5 Years to gain 2 degrees

The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is a 3 year degree. But, if you complete the Medical Sciences major in your Bachelor degree, you are eligible for 1 year of recognised learning towards your Doctor of Podiatric Medicine. This means that you have a shorter pathway to meeting your career goals. You can pair the Medical Sciences major with another major, such as a language, a commerce major, or any other area of interest. If you choose not to take the Medical Sciences major, you can still go onto the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine, and your pathway will be 6 years.

3+2 Bachelor of Biomedical Science and Doctor of Podiatric Medicine example study plan:

Bachelor of Biomedical Science
Medical Sciences Major 
Finance (optional second major)          
+
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

 

Why study a Direct Pathway?
  • Apply for entry to your professional health course in high school
  • Gain an assured place in your first and second degrees
  • Reduce the length of your course (if you complete the Medical Sciences major)
  • Complete a unique and flexible Bachelor degree before specialising in your field of interest
  • Pursue your interests in your Bachelor degree through your majors and elective units
  • Graduate with a Bachelor and Advanced Master’s degree
  • Finish with a higher level qualification

How to apply

Information for applying for a Direct Pathway to the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine is available here for domestic applicants, and here for international applicants. 

If you don’t gain a Direct Pathway place, you can apply for a Bachelor degree of your choice and apply for the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine in your final year of study via the graduate pathway.