Master of Podiatric Practice
Podiatrists treat and manage issues relating to bone and joint disorders, such as arthritis, soft tissue and muscular pathologies, as well as neurological and circulatory diseases. We are the oldest and largest podiatry school in Australia, training over one-third of Australia's podiatry students.*
Our hands-on, two-year program gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle.
You'll learn the assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice and how to treat patients with complex medical conditions. Our course will enable you to work in different areas of podiatry such as paediatrics, surgery and sports injuries.
The Department of Podiatry conducts its own clinic at our Melbourne Campus, where you'll be directly involved in treating patients.
You'll gain further clinical experience through external placements at hospitals, health centres and private practices, under the supervision of a skilled clinician. Placements are available in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria and interstate. We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.
*Podiatry Board of Australia - Student Enrolment Data, July 2013
Academic entry requirement
Bachelor's degree completed within the past five years with a minimum grade average of 70 per cent. Relevant degrees include: Health Science (in relevant streams such as Allied Health or Anatomy & Physiology), Medicine, Pre-Medicine, Medical or Biomedical Science, Nursing and Dentistry degrees which were awarded within the last five (5) years. Applicants will be selected on academic merit and the degree to wish pre-requisite capabilities can be demonstrated.
Entrance into the Podiatry Graduate Entry Masters (GEMs) program requires pre-existing knowledge, skills and attributes in the following core areas:
- Human anatomy of the lower extremity (in particular the foot)
- Human physiology
- Human pathology
Please see our Self-Assessment Checklist [PDF 359KB] for more information.
NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
English language requirement
IELTS (Academic) score of 7.0 with no individual band score less than 7.0
TOEFL Paper-based Test - A minimum score of 600 with a score of 6 or more in the Test of Written English
TOEFL Internet-based Test - A minimum score of 94 with a minimum for SLR 24; W27
Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): minimum score of 72 with no communicative skill sore less than 68
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): a grade of A or higher
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): A grade of B or higher
Or approved international equivalent.
Please note the Podiatry Board of Australia's Standard for English Language proficiency to register as a Podiatrist in Australia is an IELTS of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in all components (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) or a minimum OET score of A or B in every component, achieved at the one sitting. The test must be taken no longer than 2 years prior to applying for registration.
Our theoretical and clinical subjects prepare you for careers in areas like pediatrics and sports injury management as well as in specialist fields such as foot and ankle surgery. You'll be ready to treat people of all ages and be eligible to work overseas in some countries. Our graduates work in public and private practice, community health centres, hospitals and in academia.
The Master of Podiatric Practice is accredited by The Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC). Graduates of the Master of Podiatric Practice may be eligible to apply for registration with the Podiatry Board of Australia. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Fees and costs
Annual tuition fee (A$)
35 000 Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly. There are also a range of international scholarships available to assist students.
Instruments (A$600) and safety equipment are required in first year; prices vary. Students must purchase a Podiatry Department shirt to wear for clinical activities (A$60), as well as a name tag (A$15) and approved leather shoes. Proof of current immunisation and National Police Check (A$15) may be required for some placements. Accommodation costs for clinical placements vary according to venue, and not all students incur the same costs. Students can buy equipment, materials etc, from any supplier and these items remain students’ personal property.
Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.
How to apply
See Student Handbook for more details
The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:
CRICOS code: 062806D