UWA Handbook 2017

Course details

Doctor of Podiatry

This course provides additional theoretical and clinical knowledge in podiatric medicine and surgery beyond the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Topics include biostatistics and research methodology, practical aspects of extended patient care and patient-oriented research, including the ethics and communication of research, resulting in publication of an original thesis.

Course overview

Course overview

Course titleDoctor of Podiatry
Award abbreviationDPod
Course code90820
Course typeprofessional Doctorate by thesis and coursework
Statuscurrent / 2017
Administered byFaculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
CRICOS code064876G
Intake periodsBeginning of year only
Attendance typefull- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
ArticulationThe Doctor of Podiatry has the following exit award: 91370 Graduate Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Standard course duration3 years
Time limit7 years
Delivery modeinternal
Locations offeredUWA (Perth)
Domestic fee typeRTP
Course Coordinator(s)Professor Alan Bryant

Prospective students should see the Future Students website for details on admission requirements, intake periods, fees, availability to international students, careers information etc.

Course structure

Course structure

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; NS = non-standard teaching period

All units have a value of six points unless otherwise stated.

Take all units (42 points):

Group A

S1PODI5511Advanced Podiatric Medicine I
S2PODI5512Advanced Podiatric Medicine II
S2PODI5513Advanced Podiatric Surgery
S1, S2PODI5514Podiatric Medicine Practicum
S1, S2PODI5515Podiatric Surgery Practicum
S2PODI5516Podiatric Medicine and Surgery Seminars
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I

Take unit(s) to the value of 96 points:

Group B

S1, S2PODI6900Podiatric Research Thesis (full-time) (96 points)
S1, S2PODI6902Podiatric Research Thesis (part-time) (96 points)

Take unit(s) to the value of 6 points:

Group C

S1PODI5510Podiatric Research Methodology
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology

See also the rules for the course and the Student Rules.



Applicability of the Student Rules, policies and procedures

1.(1) The Student Rules apply to students in this course.

(2) The policy, policy statements and guidance documents and student procedures apply, except as otherwise indicated in the rules for this course.

Academic Conduct Essentials module

2.(1) Except as stated in (2), a student who enrols in this course for the first time irrespective of whether they have previously been enrolled in another course of the University, must undertake the Academic Conduct Essentials module (the ACE module).

(2) A student who has previously achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module is not required to repeat the module.

English Language competency requirements

3. To be considered eligible for consideration for admission to this course an applicant must satisfy the University's English language competence requirement as set out in the University Policy on Admission: Coursework.

Admission requirements

4. To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have—

(a) the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine from this University, or equivalent as recognised by the Faculty;


(b) at least one year's relevant professional experience.

Admission ranking and selection

5. Where relevant, admission will be awarded to the highest ranked applicants or applicants selected based on the relevant requirements.

Articulations and exit awards

6.(1) This course has the following exit award:

  • 91370 Graduate Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (48 points)

(2) A student who withdraws from the Doctor of Podiatry course before completing it, but after completing units to the value of 48 points, may apply to the Faculty to be awarded the Graduate Diploma in Podiatric Medicine.

Course structure

7.(1) The course consists of units to a total value of 144 points.

(2) Units must be selected in accordance with the course structure, as set out in these rules.

Satisfactory progress

8. Students will not have made satisfactory progress if they—

(a) fail a core unit twice;


(b) fail more than two units at the first attempt.

[Approved exceptions to University Policy]

9. A student who has not achieved a result of Ungraded Pass (UP) for the ACE module when their progress status is assessed will not have made satisfactory progress even if they have met the other requirements for satisfactory progress in Rule 8.

Progress status

10. Students who do not make satisfactory progress under Rule 8 are assigned a progress status of 'Excluded' by the Faculty.

11. A student who does not make satisfactory progress in terms of Rule 9 is assigned the progress status of 'On Probation', unless they have been assigned a progress status of 'Suspended' or 'Excluded' for failure to meet other satisfactory progress requirements in Rule 8.

Award with distinction

12. To be awarded the degree with distinction a student must achieve a course weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 80 per cent in—

(a) all units above Level 3 attempted as part of the course that are awarded a final percentage mark;

(b) all relevant units above Level 3 undertaken in articulating courses of this University that are awarded a final percentage mark;


(c) all units above Level 3 completed at this University that are credited to the master's degree course.

Additional rules


13. Before being permitted to enrol in the thesis unit in Group B (Doctor of Podiatry core units), students must complete all units in Group A (Doctor of Podiatry core units).

Time limit

14. The time limit is seven years from the date of first enrolment in the course.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


15. Unless the Faculty, on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Surgery, permits otherwise, a student must enrol in units to the value of at least 12 points in any year of enrolment.


16. In exceptional circumstances, and on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Surgery, the Faculty may permit a student to substitute for one or more coursework units other units of equivalent level from an approved course at this or another recognised institution.

[Approved exception to University Policy]


17.(1) Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, credit will only be granted for coursework or recognised professional experience completed within the last five years.

[Approved addition to University Policy]

(2) Credit granted for work completed as part of an approved course at this or another recognised tertiary institution will not exceed 24 points.

(3) Credit granted for recognised professional experience, as approved by the Head of the School of Surgery, will not exceed 12 points.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Thesis submission and examination

18. Submission and examination of the thesis is governed by the relevant Doctor of Philosophy rules—Rules 46, 47(1) and (2), and 48 to 51—for the appointment of examiners and the examination of the thesis.


19. Students who have completed PUB4401 Biostatistics I (or equivalent unit in biostatistics at the same level at this or another recognised institution) must complete PUBH5769 Biostatistics II.