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4 year(s) full-time


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2018: AUD$ 34,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL)

English Language Requirements
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Key features

  • Get ahead of your competitors with a highly regarded honours degree.
  • Learn from registered podiatrists in the Podiatry Clinic located on-campus.
  • Gain real-world experience when you complete 1,000 hours of clinical placements.
  • Benefit from our on-campus facilities, including a fully-functioning Podiatry Clinic and manufacturing laboratory.
  • Gain valuable research experience when you complete a research project and thesis under the supervision of an active researcher.
  • Benefit from our strong industry links and long-standing history in podiatry education and research.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including Masters by Research and doctoral studies.



Study at the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1.

This honours degree will develop and extend your research skills and specialist knowledge in both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare.

There is a major focus on practical skills, and you will get the opportunity to practice these skills in our contemporary on-campus Podiatry Clinic, where you will work under the supervision and guidance of registered practicing podiatrists. 

During your fourth year you will complete a substantial advanced research project, which will demonstrate your ability to collate data, prepare a thesis, reference, publish and present.

This honours degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Podiatry who have met the grade point average (GPA) requirements and who have been made an offer into the degree.

1 QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator

What you'll need

All students in the Division of Health Sciences who undertake activities where interaction with patients/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must obtain a current National Police Clearance and a Current National Criminal History Record Check (Child-Related Clearance) from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI). This certificate is valid for the duration of the degree.

Why Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours)

Why this Degree

This advanced, highly regarded qualification will set you apart from your competitors and, if you are considering a career in research, it will provide you with advanced knowledge and skills in research methodology and research practice.

We also offer world-class learning facilities, including a fully-functioning on-campus Podiatry Clinic where you can practice your skills under the guidance and supervision of registered practicing podiatrists. You will carry out podiatric assessment and treatment on members of the public, with the complexity of management increasing with each year of your study.

Plus, you will gain further practical experience when you complete 1,000 hours of professional experience during the course of your degree, where you will be required to complete a range of clinical activities involving the provision of screening, education and treatment services in rural areas.

Real-world connections

You will be taught by registered practicing podiatrists, award-winning academics and active researchers, ensuring you graduate career-ready. You will also work alongside leading researchers when you complete an independent research proposal, project and thesis, and build important industry connections when you complete a substantial industry placement as part of your studies.

We host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Your career

As the No.1 University in South Australia for graduate employment in Health1, you will be well placed to pursue a career in this field.

Successful podiatrists not only possess excellent motor skills, but also outstanding communication skills. If you’re interested in working with people and promoting wellbeing, this may be the degree for you.

Podiatrists are employed in a range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • community health centres
  • private practice
  • aged care
  • sports injury management
  • children’s health
  • occupational health

If this sounds like you, job prospects nationally are promising, with expected growth of 16 per cent up until November 20202.

As an honours graduate you will also be highly qualified to embark on a career in research, or alternatively you may choose to continue your education with a Masters by Research or doctoral study.

QILT: Australian Graduate Survey – Graduate Destinations 2016, UG Health Services and Support Full-time Employment Indicator
2 Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015

Professional accreditation and recognition

The program is recognised for registration as a Podiatrist by the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Industry facts


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will gain an advanced understanding of both the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, chemical and social sciences relevant to working in healthcare. You will also learn the aspects of medicine and surgery relevant to diagnosing and treating foot abnormalities.

During the first two years, you will study:

  • human anatomy
  • human physiology
  • pharmacology

During the final two years you will cover topics such as:

  • diagnosis
  • management and prevention of pathologies affecting the foot and lower limb

Practical learning is a major focus and some of your learning will take place in our on-campus Podiatry Clinic and other clinical settings as part of the practical component of your degree.

As an honours student, you will also explore research methods and ethics, and develop the skills required to prepare research hypothesis and proposals.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.



Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • continuous clinical assessments
  • clinical case studies
  • assignments
  • essays
  • examinations
  • research proposal
  • thesis

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities


This honours degree ensures you graduate with advanced knowledge of research and professional practice. You will receive First Class, Second Class or Third Class Honours, depending on your performance.

During the honours preparation, you will undertake training courses in research methods and ethics. Within the honours thesis course, you will undertake a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher and report on this project through a thesis and oral presentation.

You will graduate with industry experience and connections, and a higher level qualification than a bachelor degree. Your honours year will prepare you well for a career in industry or research. 

What courses you'll study


Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Human Anatomy 100 HLTH 1020 4.5
Human Physiology 100 BIOL 1049 4.5
Foundations of Health HLTH 1029 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 100 REHB 1028 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Human Anatomy 101 (Lower Limb) HLTH 1031 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 101 REHB 1029 4.5
Introduction to Evidence Based Practice and Research in Health Sciences HLTH 1049 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Podiatry Clinical Studies 200 REHB 2034 4.5
Fundamentals of Pharmacology PHAR 2019 4.5
Pharmacology 2 PHAR 2020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology 3 PHAR 2021 4.5
Pharmacology 4 PHAR 2022 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 201 REHB 2036 4.5
Podiatry Practice 201 REHB 2037 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Applied Podiatry Practice 300 REHB 3057 9
Podiatry Clinical Studies 300 REHB 3046 4.5
Health Science Honours Preparation REHB 3010 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Communication in Podiatry 300 WELF 3019 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 301 REHB 3048 4.5
Applied Podiatry Practice 301 REHB 3058 9
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Clinical Biomechanics 400 REHB 4036 4.5
Health Science Honours Thesis REHB 4012 9
Podiatry Practice 400H REHB 4048 4.5
Podiatry Clinical Studies 400 REHB 4037 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Biomechanics 401 REHB 4039 4.5
Podiatry Practice 401 REHB 4040 9

I am proud to lead a degree that is successful in educating and growing students into work-ready professionals, who graduate and have instant impact in changing people's lives and improving their health and wellbeing. This is achieved through the high-quality teaching and practical aspects offered by our program, facilitated by the enthusiastic and supportive educators who are also active podiatrists themselves.

Dr Ryan Causby

Program Director

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Dr Ryan Causby

Program Director



Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Adelaide - City East campus

City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >

Your study spaces

As a podiatry student you will have access to:

  • fully-functioning on-campus Podiatry Clinics with a manufacturing laboratory
  • Anatomy laboratories
Your study spaces

Your study experience

As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.

Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. You will also have access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, law and psychology. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist. Support services include:

  • careers advice
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • services offered through our student association, USASA
  • accommodation services 

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

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How to apply

This honours degree is only available to students studying the Bachelor of Podiatry who have met the grade point average (GPA) requirements and have been made an offer into the degree.

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