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.

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Student Central

The University of Western Australia (M355), 35 Stirling Highway, Perth, Western Australia 6009

Telephone

131 UWA (131 892)

International

(+61 8) 6488 1000

Hours

8.30am - 5pm AWST, Monday - Friday

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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.

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 Student Fees

Indicative annual course fee
2024
Commonwealth Supported Place $9,845.65

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 Student Fees

Indicative first year fee
2023
$62,100.00
2024
$65,800.00

Find out more about tuition fees or visit the fee calculator for the estimated total course fee.

Note, tuition fees are reviewed annually and are subject to increase up to 7.5 per cent per annum.

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

Domestic School Leaver

Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine for domestic students

With the Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine school leavers can apply for their Bachelor's degree and the DPM in one application.

Entry is a competitive process based on ATAR or equivalent and an interview.

Domestic School Leaver
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. 

Graduate applicants require at least two successful years of full-time or equivalent degree studies undertaken in Australia, Canada (excluding Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. Applicants presenting with the IELTS Academic require an overall score of at least 7.0 and no band less than 7.0. For more information visit ELC requirements.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVER

Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine for international students

With the International Assured Pathway to Podiatric Medicine school leavers can apply for their Bachelor's degree and the DPM in one application.

Entry is a competitive process based on ATAR or equivalent and an interview.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL LEAVER
QUOTA ELIGIBILITY

Which entry pathway is for me?

Your quota eligibility will define your entry pathway, minimum requirements for consideration, as well as how you will apply. You will be ranked for course offers against other eligible applicants within your quota, and you may be eligible for one or more subquotas within this course. 
QUOTA ELIGIBILITY
University graduate

Graduate entry to Podiatric Medicine

Bachelor’s degree holders or students who are in progress of their first bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

Entry is a competitive process based on academic performance and an interview. 

University graduate
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Selection WAM Calculation

The selection Weighted Average Mark (sWAM) forms part of the eligibility and selection criteria for entry into this course. The UWA Admissions team will calculate the sWAM. Applicants must meet the specified minimum sWAM to be considered for a place in this course.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT
ADMISSION REQUIREMENT

Interviews

The School of Allied Health will interview shortlisted eligible applicants. Shortlisting for interviews will take place after applications have closed.

The interview allows shortlisted candidates to display some of the personal qualities considered desirable in Allied Health practitioners.

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.

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.
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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
Doctor of Podiatric Medicine

Important dates

Intake Periods
  • January 2024
Application Open
Application Close
  • Thursday 31 August 2023 for domestic and international students.

Refer to Admissions Requirements for information on eligibility criteria and how to apply.

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

Top reasons to study Podiatric Medicine at UWA

  • The DPM is one of the only courses available in Australasia whereby students graduate with postgraduate 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.

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 a Bachelor of Biomedicine (Specialised). 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 a variety of elective units in your Bachelor degree.

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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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