Bachelor of Science (Podiatry)

College of Medicine, Nursing, & Health Sciences

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Studying Podiatry

Course overview

Podiatry is a healthcare profession that specialises in the management of disease and disorder of the lower limb and foot. The foot is a highly complex structure, which can develop problems affecting a patient’s overall health and quality of life. Podiatry can significantly improve people’s quality of life by promoting and maintaining mobility. Therefore, podiatry as a career can be extremely rewarding and fulfilling, giving immense job satisfaction. Podiatrists are educated in diagnosis and in planning and implementing interventions for all age groups. As a podiatrist, you will work as an independent, autonomous practitioner, demonstrating expertise in assessing, diagnosing and managing lower limb and foot-related problems. You will work alongside other health professionals, such as doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and orthotists.


Key facts

Entry requirements

Minimum grade HC3 in two subjects and passes in four other subjects at H or O Level in the Leaving Certificate including: Irish, English, another language, Mathematics, a laboratory science subject (i.e. Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Physics with Chemistry (joint) or Agricultural Science) and any other subject recognised for entry purposes.

Additional requirements

Students must satisfy the Garda/Police vetting and Medical Clearance requirements.

Duration: 4 years

Next start date: September 2016

Entry points(2015): 450

A Level Grades (2015): AAA & a (AS) or equivalent combination

Average intake: 25

Course outline

Year 1

  • Introduction to Clinical Studies
  • Podiatry Theory I
  • Human Anatomy
  • Human Body Function
  • Professional Development
  • Redefining Health and Wellbeing

Year 2

  • Clinical Studies II
  • Podiatry Theory II
  • Pathophysiology
  • Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
  • Research Methods I
  • Introduction to Pharmacology

Year 3

  • Clinical Studies III
  • Medicine and Surgery
  • Pharmacology in Health and Disease
  • Research Methods II
  • Podiatry Theory III
  • Health Promotion in Podiatry

Year 4

  • Clinical Studies IV
  • Skills for Practice
  • Footwear and Orthoses
  • Research Dissertation
  • Working with Vulnerable Adults
  • Contemporary Practice

Further education

Graduates have the option to study a variety of programmes at Postgraduate, Masters and PhD levels.

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Fees for this course

EU (Total): €8,092 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €4,868 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student contribution: €3,000 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €23,750 p.a. 2015/16

EU Fees 2015/16:
- Tuition: may be paid by the Irish Government on your behalf if you qualify for free tuition fees see - free fee initiative.
- Student Contribution: €3,000 - payable by all students but may by paid by SUSI if you apply and are deemed eligible for a means tested SUSI grant.
- Student Levy:  €224 - payable by all students and is not covered by SUSI.

Current Students

Jamie O' Sullivan

BSc (Podiatry)

"...A lot of the course is practical work, so we either see the different treatments being carried out or we get to do it ourselves. I find this much more interesting to learning theory all the time! I love sport and through my course I could branch off into the sports side of podiatry such as orthotics or sports injuries..."