Course overview

The Discipline of Podiatry is committed to conducting and disseminating high quality research to support and enhance the evidence-base for podiatry. The research produced from successful graduates of the course to date has been of high quality and varied interest.


We invite prospective postgraduate students with a wide range of podiatry interests. Areas of expertise are varied greatly within the department and we welcome applicants in the areas of Diabetic foot disease, tissue viability and lower extremity wounds as well as many other areas of interest including:


  • Management of the at risk limb
  • Tissue stress
  • Foot and ankle biomechanics
  • Joint instability
  • Gait analysis
  • Orthotic therapy
  • Footwear
  • Evidence based practice
  • Interprofessional working in clinical practice


Programmes Available


NUI Galway offers both an MPhil and PhD programme to prospective postgraduate students with both full and part time options available.  The list below represents the options available to postgraduate students.

Structured PhD (full-time, four years)

Structured PhD (part-time, six years)


Research MPhil (full-time, one year)

Research MPhil (part-time, two years)

Entry Requirements

Both PhD and MPhil candidates should possess a high honours standard in a relevant academic discipline at primary degree level or equivalent together with the support of an academic staff member. The member of staff must be approved by the College to supervise the research in terms of its nature and scope.



Additional Entry Requirements

Candidates are generally required to submit a research proposal for consideration by the School as part of their application.

Admission Process

Interested applicants should, in the first instance, consult the list of key research areas of the School and make contact with the relevant academic staff member/potential supervisor. In the event that the potential supervisor is willing to recommend that the candidate be considered, the candidate must formally apply via PAC (http://www.pac.ie/).  This application is considered first by the relevant School Board(s) and then the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, which evaluates the suitability of the application, proposed research, proposed supervisor(s), and membership of the Graduate Research Committee.  If the application is supported, the candidate will receive notification via PAC to register for the approved course.

Previous Postgraduate Research

There have already been a number of successful graduates from the MPhil offered at NUI Galway to date producing diverse research in a number of different fields.

  • Laura Kelly was our first graduate in November 2011 with her research entitled “Review of Diabetes Foot Screening Methods and Risk Categorisation Systems.”  She is pictured below with Professor Caroline McIntosh (centre) and Lynda Mc Hugh (left) who graduated from the MSc in Clinical Education.


  • Louisa Flynn conducted her study on “An investigation into the prevalence of venous dysfunction in a Diabetic population” graduating in November 2013.
  • Celia Barnes recently completed her research “A systemic review of the outcome measures currently used by health care professionals who treat the foot” and will graduate in November 2014.

Our latest MPhil student Andrea Mahon is one of the graduates from the BSc (Hons) in Podiatry offered at NUI Galway and will be involved in the REDDSTAR study. She will work with Professor Tim O’Brien in the application of stem cells in Diabetic foot ulceration. Andrea is partaking in the one year full time MPhil programme and will graduate in November 2015.



aaaAndrea Mahon


Andrea graduated as part of the Podiatry Class of 2013 with a first class honours degree before working in Dublin City as part of a private podiatry clinic. She has always had a keen interest in research, centering on diabetes research in particular. As part of her undergraduate degree, she designed and carried out the first international research collaboration between NUIG and the New York College of Podiatric Medicine (NYCPM).


She is currently undertaking her MPhil in a novel area of medicine pertaining to stem cell application in chronic wounds. Andrea, along with her Supervisor (Professor Caroline McIntosh) and Co-Supervisor (Professor Tim O’Brien of REMEDI), is working to determine the safety of allogeneic bone-marrow derived mesenchymal stromal cells with a collagen scaffolding in non-healing diabetic foot ulcers. This research will be led by the Steno Diabetes Centre in Copenhagen.