Doctor of Podiatric Surgery

This course provides theoretical and clinical knowledge in podiatric surgery beyond the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Topics include biostatistics, research methodology, advanced podiatric medicine, theoretical and practical aspects of elective foot surgery and/or management of the high-risk foot, and patient-oriented research, including ethics and communication of research, resulting in a dissertation. Graduates are eligible for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia as a podiatric surgeon.

Course overview

Course title
Doctor of Podiatric Surgery
Award abbreviation
DPS
Course code
90830
Course type
clinical master's degree
Status
not available in 2021
Administered by
Allied Health
CRICOS code
064878E

Course details

Intake periods
Beginning of year only
Attendance type
full- or part-time (Student visa holders should read Education Services for Overseas Students Act 2000 for more information.)
Articulation
The Doctor of Podiatric Surgery has the following exit award: 91370 Graduate Diploma in Podiatric Medicine (48 points) (48 points)
Credit points required
144
A standard full-time load is 24 points per semester.
Professional accreditation
Doctor of Podiatric Surgery is accredited by: Australian Health Practitioners Healthcare Regulation Agency.
Standard course duration
3 years
Time limit
7 years
Delivery mode
multi-mode
Locations offered
UWA (Perth)
Domestic fee type
Postgraduate fee-paying/FEE-HELP
Available to international students
Yes. For information on international student fees see 'Schedule 2: Fees'. (Enquiries: https://www.uwa.edu.au/askuwa)
Course Coordinator(s)
Dr Burke Hugo and Dr Hannah Chun
Fees
Visit the fees calculator.

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

Note: This course is not available in 2021.

Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; SS = summer teaching period; N/A = not available in 2021;
NS = non-standard teaching period; OS = offshore teaching period; * = to be advised

Take all units (42 points):

Group A
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
N/APODI5511Advanced Podiatric Medicine I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (90830) course or enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
one hour per week, plus preparation and study
N/APODI5512Advanced Podiatric Medicine II
Prerequisites:
PODI5511 Advanced Podiatric Medicine I
Approx 8hrs / week
N/APODI5513Advanced Podiatric Surgery
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Doctor of Podiatric Surgery (90830) or Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
Lectures 15 x 1 hour Workshop/s: 15 hours
N/APODI5514Podiatric Medicine Practicum
Clinical placement: Approx 90hrs/semester
N/APODI5515Podiatric Surgery Practicum
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Surgery 90830 or Doctor of Podiatry (90820)
clinical placement: 8 hours per week
S1, S2PUBH4401Biostatistics I
Prerequisites:
enrolment in honours or postgraduate courses
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)
S2PUBH5769Biostatistics II
Prerequisites:
PUBH4401 Biostatistics I or equivalent training/experience
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week (for face-to-face mode only)

Take all units (72 points):

Note: Before being permitted to enrol in a practicum unit from Group B, students must complete all units in Group A.

Group B
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPODI6531Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum I (12 points)
Prerequisites:
successful completion of DPS Group A units PODI5511 Advanced Podiatric Medicine I, PODI5512 Advanced Podiatric Medicine II , PODI5513 Advanced Podiatric Surgery, PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum, PODI5515 Podiatric Surgery Practicum, PUBH4401 Biostatistics I, PUBH5769 Biostatistics II
clinical placement: 14 hours per week for 18 weeks
NSPODI6532Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum II (12 points)
Prerequisites:
PODI6531 Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum I
clinical placement: 14 hours per week for 18 weeks
NSPODI6533Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum III (12 points)
Prerequisites:
PODI6532 Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum II
clinical placement: 14 hours per week for 18 weeks
NSPODI6534Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum IV (12 points)
Prerequisites:
PODI6533 Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum III
clinical placement: 14 hours per week
NSPODI6541External Clinical Podiatry Practicum I (12 points)
Prerequisites:
successful completion of DPS Group A units PODI5511 Advanced Podiatric Medicine I, PODI5512 Advanced Podiatric Medicine II , PODI5513 Advanced Podiatric Surgery, PODI5514 Podiatric Medicine Practicum, PODI5515 Podiatric Surgery Practicum, PUBH4401 Biostatistics I, PUBH5769 Biostatistics II
clinical placement: 14 hours per week
NSPODI6542External Clinical Podiatry Practicum II (12 points)
Prerequisites:
PODI6541 External Clinical Podiatry Practicum I, PODI6531 Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum I, PODI6532 Internal Clinical Podiatry Practicum II
clinical placement: minimum 14 hours per week per semester

Take unit(s) to the value of 24 points:

Note: Before being permitted to enrol in the research project unit from Group C, students must complete all units in Group A.

Group C
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
NSPODI6570Podiatric Research Project (full-time) (24 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of all Doctor of Clinical Podiatry (90830) core units, PODI5510 Podiatric Research Methodology or PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology
supervised research: offered intensively
NSPODI6571Podiatric Research Project (part-time) (24 points)
Prerequisites:
completion of all Doctor of Clinical Podiatry (90830) core units, PODI5510 Podiatric Research Methodology or PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology
supervised research: offered intensively

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

Group D
AvailabilityUnitcodeUnitnameUnit requirementsContact hours
S1PODI5510Podiatric Research Methodology
Prerequisites:
enrolment in Doctor of Podiatric Surgery 90830 or Doctor of Podiatry 90820
Incompatibility:
PUBH5757 Clinical Epidemiology (formerly PUBH8757 Clinical Epidemiology)
lectures/tutorials: 2 hours per week
NSPUBH5757Clinical Epidemiology
offered intensively

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

Rules

Note: This course is not available in 2021.

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 and Communication and Research Skills modules

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) and the Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS module).

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

(3) A student must successfully complete the ACE module within the first teaching period of their enrolment. Failure to complete the module within this timeframe will result in the student's unit results from this teaching period being withheld. These results will continue to be withheld until students avail themselves of a subsequent opportunity to achieve a passing grade in the ACE module. In the event that students complete units in subsequent teaching periods without completing the ACE module, these results will similarly be withheld. Students will not be permitted to submit late review or appeal applications regarding results which have been withheld for this reason and which they were unable to access in the normally permitted review period.

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) a Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine, or an equivalent qualification as recognised by UWA, which includes an approved qualification in Podiatric Therapuetics with a recency of 7 years (see course website and guidebook for more information on this particular qualification);

and

(b) minimum GPA of 5.0 or equivalent;

and

(c) unrestricted current registration as a podiatrist in Australia 1;

and

(d) One referee report from either a podiatric surgeon or orthopaedic/vascular surgeon;

and

(e) at least two years of relevant professional experience outlined in a written work portfolio.

1 applicants must be eligible and remain registered for the duration of the course.

Admission ranking and selection

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

(a) the admissions requirements under rule 4;

and

(b) an interview in which eligible applicants will be assessed based on the personal qualities considered desirable in podiatric surgeons, with invitation to attend the interview based on Rule 4, in alignment with the interview quota for the year;

and

(c) personal statement addressing; motivation to become a specialist podiatric surgeon; years of clinical experience and training and understanding of the role of podiatric surgeons in Australian and global health care systems;

Final ranking: Interview: Personal statement & Work portfolio: GPA in the ratio 50:40:10

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 Podiatric Surgery course before completing it, but after completing units to the value of 48 points, may apply to the School 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;

or

(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 Communication and Research Skills module (the CARS 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 which is calculated based on—

(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;

and

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

Deferrals

13. Applicants awarded admission to the course are entitled to a deferral of up to 12 months, as per the University Policy on: Admissions (Coursework).


Additional rules
Prerequisites

14.(1) Before being permitted to enrol in a practicum unit from Group B (Doctor of Podiatric Surgery core units), students must complete all units in Group A (Doctor of Podiatric Surgery core units).

(2) Before being permitted to enrol in the research project unit from Group C (Doctor of Podiatric Surgery core units), students must complete all units in Group A (Doctor of Podiatric Surgery core units).

Time limit

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

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Enrolment

16. 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.

Substitution

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

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Credit

18.(1) Unless the Faculty permits otherwise in recognition of exceptional circumstances, credit will normally 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.

[Approved exception to University Policy]

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

[Approved exception to University Policy]

Graduation Requirements

19. Upon completing all the course work student must have

(a) met the minimum surgical competency log requirements

and

(b) passed the oral exit examination