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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.
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Requirements and Assessment
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A Level Grades (2017)
AAA & a (AS) or equivalent combination
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Mode of study
- Introduction to Clinical Studies
- Podiatry Theory I
- Human Anatomy
- Human Body Function
- Professional Development
- Redefining Health and Wellbeing
- Clinical Studies II
- Podiatry Theory II
- Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
- Research Methods I
- Introduction to Pharmacology
- Clinical Studies III
- Medicine and Surgery
- Pharmacology in Health and Disease
- Research Methods II
- Podiatry Theory III
- Health Promotion in Podiatry
- Clinical Studies IV
- Skills for Practice
- Footwear and Orthoses
- Research Dissertation
- Working with Vulnerable Adults
- Contemporary Practice
Modules for 2016-17Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.
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- You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
- An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics.
- Some courses allow you to choose subjects, where related modules are grouped together. Subjects have their own required number of credits, so you must take all that subject's required modules and may also need to obtain the remainder of the subject's total credits by choosing from its available optional modules.
- A module you may choose to study.
- A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
- Required Core Subject
- A subject you must study because it's integral to that course.
- Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year, so a three-year course will have six semesters in total. For clarity, this page will refer to the first semester of year 2 as 'Semester 3'.
Year 1 (60 Credits)Required PO1060: Podiatric Medicine 1 - 20 Credits - Semester 1
Required PO1050: Podiatric Dermatology - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PO100: Professional Development - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required SI317: Human Body Function - 10 Credits - Semester 1
Required AN230: Human Body Structure - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PO103: Redefining Health & Well Being - 5 Credits - Semester 1
Required PO1040: Lower Limb Kinematics - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Required AN112: Gross Anatomy of the Lower Limb - 5 Credits - Semester 2
Year 2 (60 Credits)Required PO2080: Podiatric Medicine 2 - 20 Credits - Semester 3
Required SI3102: Endocrinology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PO202: Introduction to Pharmacology - 5 Credits - Semester 3
Required PO2070: Lower Extremity Wounds - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PO2060: Evidence Based Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PO2112: Microbiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PO2101: Applied Pathophysiology - 5 Credits - Semester 4
Required PO203: Functional Anatomy & Biomechanics - 10 Credits - Semester 4
Year 3 (60 Credits)Required PO3081: Research Methods & Design - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required PO3060: Podopaediatrics - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required PO3070: Podiatric Medicine 3 - 20 Credits - Semester 5
Required PO304: Health Promotion in Podiatry - 5 Credits - Semester 5
Required PO300: Medicine and Surgery - 10 Credits - Semester 5
Required PO3090: Podiatric Sports Medicine - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required PO3080: Biostatistics - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Required PO305: Pharmacology in Health & Disease - 5 Credits - Semester 6
Year 4 (60 Credits)Required PO4070: Podiatric Medicine 4 - 15 Credits - Semester 7
Required PO4060: High Risk Limb - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required PO403: Contemporary Practice - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required PO402: Skills for Practice - 10 Credits - Semester 7
Required PO401: Working with Vulnerable Adults - 5 Credits - Semester 7
Required PO400: Research Dissertation - 20 Credits - Semester 8
Further EducationGraduates have the option to study a variety of programmes at Postgraduate, Masters and PhD levels.
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates of the degree course will have a professional qualification and may work in a variety of settings such as:
- Sports centres
- GP practices
- Nursing homes
- Private practice
- Education and research
- Community rehabilitation services
- Opportunities for further postgraduate studies
Who’s Suited to This Course
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Fees: Student Contribution
Fees: Student levy
Fees: Non EU
- 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.
What Our Students Say
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...