MSc Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship (Pre-registration)

Enquiries about the MSc Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship are open, applications will open at a later stage for the September 2020 intake.

Who are Podiatrists?

Podiatrists are experts in foot and lower limb health keeping people of all ages active. Becoming a podiatrist will provide you with a broad scope of clinical practice including a pivotal role in reducing the risk of amputation. You will develop an evidence-based approach to the management of people with foot problems. A podiatry degree can launch a dynamic career and is a springboard to specialising in other areas of the profession such as diabetes, sports medicine, research and podiatric surgery.

Who is this course for?

The MSc programme has been developed for apprentices who are already in possession of a degree with a classification, normally at 2:1 or above. This MSc route will appeal to individuals who wish to become highly proficient practitioners of podiatry and who will be able to demonstrate professional reasoning skills and decision making while using an evidenced-based approach. Podiatry is a rewarding and varied healthcare profession and will suit those potential students who are excellent communicators, and who enjoy critical thinking and problem solving.


The MSc degree apprenticeship programme will provide the opportunity to study for a work-integrated master’s degree whilst remaining in salaried employment. This work-based programme allocates specific times to work under direct supervision from expert clinical podiatrists. The podiatry lecturing team at the University of Plymouth will provide expertise to support the apprentice in gaining evidence-based knowledge and appropriate academic skills to develop both theoretical understanding and clinical aptitude. 

The programme is delivered through blended learning, using a variety of technologies to allow apprentices to learn at their own pace and at a time to suit them and the employer. Practical skills are developed in an authentic environment with expert practitioners. Apprentices learn ‘virtually’ alongside other apprentices nationwide and are provided with opportunities to learn with and from others during webinars and online forums. Once graduated, apprentices are eligible to apply for HCPC registration which allows the apprentice to work in the NHS, independently and also in many countries throughout the world. 

Areas of specialisms

  • @ NHS
  • @ Private sector
  • @ Ministry of Defence
  • @ Academia/Research

Core skills

  • Specialist knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb pathologies
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Analytical skills, problem solving and effective communication
  • Research literacy
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills.

Course facts

Duration: 24 months

Hours of study per week: 26

Delivery type: Online

Entry requirements: Degree from an Institution of Higher Education normally at Second class (higher division) 2:1 or above. The degree or other recognised assessed academic study should normally be completed within the last five years.

Fee/cost: Fully funded or Co-funded.

Benefits to the business

  • Maintain or improve current skills within your organisation
  • Develop your own workforce
  • Improve staff retention rates
  • Flexible delivery of theoretical teaching.

Benefits to the apprentice 

  • Obtain an MSc degree whilst developing skills from on the job training
  • No course fees to pay
  • Flexible distance learning for theoretical knowledge
  • Earn a wage whilst you learn.

Podiatry Degree Apprenticeship staff