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Podiatric Medicine, Doctorate

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #91 (QS) ,
The Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from The University of Western Australia degree is a comprehensive course designed to produce highly trained and competent podiatrists who are well prepared to enter clinical practice as primary contact health care practitioners in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the foot and ankle.


Most graduates of this Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from The University of Western Australia will work in private practice, clinics or hospitals and see an interesting and wide range of patients with foot and leg problems often associated with other medical conditions. 

Many podiatrists develop expertise in a specific area of podiatry, such as the management of sporting injuries or podiatric biomechanics, treatment of the high-risk foot, the elderly or children's foot and leg problems. Podiatrists are independent practitioners with the right to perform minor foot surgery, refer patients for relevant investigative tests and to administer drugs necessary for the treatment of podiatric conditions.

A variety of teaching methods will be used, including lectures, tutorials, practical training and directed self-learning. Case-based and problem-based learning will be used to emphasise patient focused practice. Clinical practice will start in second year and follow into the third year. Students will spend time in clinical settings such as hospitals and private practice. There will be opportunities for interested students to spend time in rural and remote areas of WA.


DPM graduates will be eligible for registration as general podiatrists in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Hong Kong, Singapore, parts of Canada without the need for any further preregistration training or compulsory internship.


The DPM is accredited by the Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council as an entry-to-practice qualification as a general podiatrist with the Podiatry Board of Australia.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: The course will commence at the beginning of February each year.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Credits
    144 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Podiatric Medicine 
  • Progression of Clinical Practice 
  • General Medicine and Pathology 
  • Pharmacology for Podiatrists 
  • Research Methods 
  • Biostatistics 

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

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    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • CRICOS CODE: 075343A

To be considered for admission to this course an applicant must have:

  • a bachelor's degree, or an equivalent qualification, as recognised by UWA; 
  • the equivalent of a UWA grade point average of at least 5.0; 


  • a Graduate Medical School Admissions Test overall score of at least 50 and no section score less than 50 for domestic applicants; or

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54396 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 163200 AUD for the full programme and a duration of 36 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
National: AUD 8,934 per year

Living costs for Perth

  • 1328 - 2370 AUD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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