Start date

4 year(s) full-time


Program Code


Assumed Knowledge
SACE Stage 2 Biology
SACE Stage 2 Chemistry
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AUD$ 41,700 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024
AUD$ 44,300 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2025

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [7.0]
  • IELTS reading [7.0]
  • IELTS writing [7.0]
  • IELTS speaking [7.0]
  • IELTS listening [7.0]
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Degree overview

  • Graduate ready to work as a registered allied health professional in industry environments including hospitals, paediatric services, sports facilities and aged care clinics.
  • Become an expert in the diagnosis, management, and treatment of disorders affecting the foot, ankle and lower limb.
  • Gain real-world experience through clinical placements in metropolitan, rural and regional settings, and practise your skills in our on-campus podiatry clinic.
  • Join an in-demand and growing workforce and benefit from strong employment outcomes and working conditions.
  • Build your expertise in providing end-to-end healthcare studying subjects such as human anatomy, biomechanics, pharmacology, medical conditions, pain management, patient wellbeing and clinical practice management.
  • Learn the skills within a podiatrist’s unique scope of practise, including prescribing anaesthesia and medicines, surgical skills, creating and using orthotic equipment, and managing complex conditions like diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Benefit from UniSA’s more than 50 years’ experience in health education and research, and strong links to South Australia's podiatry and broader allied health networks.



Step into a rewarding career in health by studying the Bachelor of Podiatry. In this four-year degree, you’ll develop the expertise to diagnose, manage and treat any disorders affecting the foot, ankle and lower limb, using multiple branches of healthcare.

Feet are complex and sensitive pieces of machinery that play a key role in the body’s overall health. Podiatrists provide end-to-end care for any afflictions impacting the lower half of your body, ranging from managing bone and joint disorders to neurological and circulatory diseases.

You’ll graduate ready to be registered with the Podiatry Board of Australia, and can begin practising as an allied health professional. Pursue careers in a wide range of environments, such as working with children, sports and biomechanics, disability, rehabilitation, aged care, chronic illness and high-risk settings, and more.

High achieving students may be considered for the Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours) during their third year of study. This is your opportunity to advance your research capacity by completing a research project under the supervision of an experienced researcher.

What you'll need

Students 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 demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, child related employment clearance and immunisation requirements.

Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant national board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following enrolment in the program.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Bachelor of Podiatry will teach you the skills to diagnose, manage and treat any disorders affecting the foot, ankle and lower limb. You’ll learn advanced skills in the theoretical and practical aspects of podiatry, as well as the physical, biological and social sciences relevant to allied health to provide patient-centred, end-to-end care.

UniSA's curriculum prepares you to meet the full scope of a podiatrist’s practice. You’ll begin studying foundational medical sciences in areas including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics, disease groups and conditions. You’ll also learn determinants of health and advanced communication skills, with opportunities to collaborate with other allied health students studying physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and exercise physiology.

You’ll expand your knowledge to deliver comprehensive and holistic assessment and management of patient conditions, as well as learn clinical practice skills including surgery, pharmacology and medicine use, orthopaedic management, wound management, high risk care, chronic condition management, sporting injuries, musculoskeletal problems, practice management, and more.

Benefit from experiential learning through clinical placements, and learn how to provide services to the community in our on-campus podiatry clinics. You’ll also have opportunity to practise your skills and build your confidence in safe environments, using innovative teaching technologies such as 3D printed feet to practise your scalpel skills.

You’ll graduate with qualifications to work as both an autonomous practitioner, and as a key member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. You will be able to deliver holistic, end-to-end care for afflictions impacting the lower half of the body.

Degree structure

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
Aboriginal Health: Culture, Community and Country HLTH 1063 4.5
Podiatry Studies 100 REHB 1028 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Lower Limb Anatomy and Biomechanics 101 HLTH 1031 4.5
Human Physiology 101 BIOL 1050 4.5
Podiatry 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)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 200 REHB 2034 4.5
Pharmacology A PHAR 2023 9
Podiatry Professional Studies 200 WELF 3019 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Pharmacology B PHAR 2021 4.5
Pharmacology C PHAR 2022 4.5
Podiatry Studies 201 REHB 2036 4.5
Clinical Podiatry Practice 201 REHB 2037 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Pain Mechanisms and Management REHB 3066 4.5
Applied Podiatry Studies 300 REHB 3067 4.5
Podiatry Studies 300 REHB 3046 4.5
Clinical Podiatry Practice 300 REHB 3069 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Advanced Evidence Based Practice HLTH 3057 4.5
Podiatry Studies 301 REHB 3048 4.5
Applied Podiatry Studies 301 REHB 3068 4.5
Clinical Podiatry Practice 301 REHB 3070 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 400B REHB 4036 4.5
Applied Podiatry Studies 400 REHB 4037 4.5
Clinical Podiatry Practice 400A REHB 4038 9 Rule(s): 6
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Clinical Podiatry Practice 401B REHB 4039 4.5
Clinical Podiatry Practice 401A REHB 4040 9 Rule(s): 6
Elective 4.5 Note(s): 1

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, as well as to 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
  • written assignments
  • assignments
  • examinations.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Bachelor of Podiatry

Why this Degree

In this degree, you’ll gain the in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills to prepare you for a rewarding health career as a podiatrist. With patient-centred care at the heart of your practise, you’ll graduate prepared to meet the full breadth of the podiatry profession including surgery, sports injuries and related biomechanics, paediatrics and high-risk foot conditions.

You’ll learn in dedicated facilities, including our on-campus manufacturing laboratory which has a plaster room and grinder room. This is where you’ll learn how to create orthotics, casts and insoles, as well as how to modify shoes. You’ll also get to use the latest technologies, like digital scanners to capture foot characteristics, and practise your scalpel skills on 3D printed feet.

You will graduate ready to be registered and begin practising as a podiatrist by the Podiatry Board of Australia. Your job prospects are vast and can be applied to both private and public sectors – ranging from working in a public health hospital, to working with children and with the NDIS, to setting up your own private practice.

Real-world connections

Throughout your studies, you’ll be taught by registered practising podiatrists and award-winning academics who regularly engage with industry.

You’ll gain valuable real-world experience with hands-on placements starting from your second year. Build important industry networks by completing clinical placement hours across a variety of metropolitan, regional and rural industry settings. You’ll get involved with screening, education and treatment services in workplaces including major hospitals, private practice or other workplace environments. 

As podiatrists often work within multidisciplinary healthcare teams, you’ll also be exposed to research and learning opportunities in collaboration with other allied health students, such as in our on-campus podiatry clinics.

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

Podiatry careers snapshot

Gain insight into the fulfilling career of UniSA Podiatry graduate, Ereena Torpey, who works as a Senior Podiatrist in Adelaide, South Australia.

UniSA Video

Career outcomes

Your career

Registered podiatrists are a growing part of Australia’s allied health workforce, who are the leading providers of primary health care.1 Podiatrists have strong employment outcomes and future demand, having provided 3.6 million services of 27 million Medicare-subsidised allied health services provided in 2022-23.2

Podiatrists can work autonomously as individual care providers, or as part of an interdisciplinary healthcare team managing and treating chronic conditions and disorders that affect the entire body.

Registered podiatrists are employed in a vast range of settings, including:

  • hospitals
  • private practice
  • sole practitioners/owners of own clinic
  • multi-disciplinary healthcare settings
  • community health centres
  • rural and remote outreach clinics
  • children’s health
  • sports clinics and sporting teams
  • chronic disease and high-risk settings
  • Aboriginal healthcare
  • residential care
  • disability sector
  • in-person care
  • occupational health
  • rehabilitation
  • government agencies
  • academia and research
  • healthcare management
  • retail and corporate in footwear companies.

Podiatrists qualified to practice in Australia can also work overseas.

1Future focused primary health care: Australia’s Primary Health Care 10 Year Plan 2022–2032. 2Australia’s health 2024: topic summaries: Health status. Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.

Professional accreditation and recognition

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

Industry facts


Employment for podiatrists in Australia is projected to increase by 31.8% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021


Podiatrists provided 3.6 million services out of the 27 million Medicare-subsidised allied health services provided across Australia in 2022-23.

Australia's health 2024: topic summaries, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

How to apply

How to apply for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.

Alternative Pathways


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including:


There are other pathways you can follow to study this degree, including: 


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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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 gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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

Our international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

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

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

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.

Student services

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

As a podiatry student you’ll have access to:

  • fully-functioning on-campus podiatry clinics
  • orthotic manufacturing laboratory including a plaster room and grinder room
  • anatomy laboratories

You’ll also have access to a range of interesting on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

Your study spaces

Your program director

With over two decades of experience podiatry education, research and clinical practice, I am dedicated to supporting the next generation of podiatrists and promoting advanced learning in the field. I am a registered clinician actively involved with industry, and this engagement is reflected in my teaching. I aim to have our students graduate confident to work across the full scope of practice that podiatry offers, which can range from children’s health, gait and foot function issues, surgical practice, foot lesions and prescribing of appropriate medications, footwear design and disability.

Dr Helen Banwell

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Helen Banwell

Dr Helen Banwell

Program Director


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What others are saying

I was interested in the sports and anatomy areas of health, but also skins and diseases. I have done placements in Broken Hill, and Whyalla, the rural placements were really enjoyable as they allowed me to see a different range of clinical cases that I may not get to see in metropolitan areas.

Jane Bowden

Bachelor of Podiatry

Jane Bowden

Jane Bowden

Bachelor of Podiatry

I did placements in the University of South Australia Podiatry Clinic and in external organisations in both metropolitan and rural settings. These placements, along with the weekly clinic sessions, equipped me with the confidence and experience needed when entering the workforce.

Arnold Hu

Bachelor of Podiatry

Arnold Hu

Arnold Hu

Bachelor of Podiatry

During my studies, I have completed various clinical placements across different fields of podiatry. In the on-campus community clinic, I have been immersed in a hands-on environment, providing supervised care to real patients. I also enjoy using new 3D scanning technology to capture accurate models of the lower limb, which can be used to create custom orthotics and to look at the science behind human movement.

Angus Burns

Bachelor of Podiatry

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Angus Burns

Bachelor of Podiatry

The podiatry profession is very fulfilling, with varied career opportunities and no two days on the job being the same. I always wanted to work in high risk podiatry, with patients at risk of limb loss due to wounds from conditions like Diabetes or circulation issues. Together with a multidisciplinary team, I can help delay or prevent the amputation of patient’s toes or feet, resulting in an improved quality of life – which is really rewarding.

Ereena Torpey

UniSA Podiatry Graduate
Senior Podiatrist | Flinders Medical Centre


Ereena Torpey

UniSA Podiatry Graduate
Senior Podiatrist | Flinders Medical Centre

After spending the first part of my career in defence, I decided to study podiatry as a way to give back to injured veterans – although I now know that podiatry is so much more. I have built some great relationships with my teachers and my peers at UniSA. The staff actually show an interest in your life and your wellbeing, and they take the time to help you if you're willing to help yourself. You’ve got to put the work in, but it’s worth it.

Sam Dale

Bachelor of Podiatry

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Sam Dale

Bachelor of Podiatry

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