Why study podiatry?

We are the oldest and largest podiatry school in Australia, currently training over one-third of Australia's podiatry students*

Our practical hands on program gives you the skills and knowledge to prevent and treat disorders of the foot and ankle. Learn assessment and management skills used in podiatric practice and how to treat patients with complex medical conditions. Know how to work in different areas of podiatry such as paediatrics, surgery and sport injuries.

* Podiatry Board of Australia - Student Enrolment Data, July 2013

Why study podiatry at La Trobe?

Top-rated globally

La Trobe is in the top 1% of universities worldwide.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2021, World University Rankings 2022; Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), 2021, Ranking Web of Universities

World-class sports research

La Trobe's research in human movement and sports science and in physiology is rated 'well above world standard'.

Australian Research Council, 2019, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outcomes 2018

#4 worldwide

Times Higher Education ranks La Trobe fourth in the world for our research on key diseases and conditions, our support for healthcare professions, and the health of our students and staff.

Times Higher Education (THE), 2022, Impact Rankings 2022: good health and well-being

Career opportunities

Podiatrists work in a variety of settings, including public and private practice, community health centres, hospitals and academia.  They work with people of all ages in a wide range of clinical settings, such as paediatrics, surgery and sports.

La Trobe designs its courses with your future career in mind and partners with a range of professional organisations for accreditation and registration. Refer to the detail for each course below to see what professional registration and membership options exist. Graduates may be eligible to work overseas in countries like the United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand, subject to each country's registration requirements.

What could your future hold?

With podiatrists in high demand, there are a wealth of career opportunities for graduates from La Trobe’s Bachelor of Podiatry (Honours). As one of Australia’s oldest podiatry schools, we combine our world-class curriculum with a clinical program that gives you the best start to your career.

Watch this video to learn more.

Short courses

We also offer single subject study. Visit our short courses page to find out more.

What will I learn?

With a strong focus on clinical practice, you’ll study with experienced podiatrists and gain the skills you need to succeed. As one of Australia’s oldest podiatry schools, we combine our world-class curriculum with a clinical program that gives you the best start to your career.

Watch this video to learn more.

Your study experience

Alternative pathways

If you have completed common first-year subjects in another degree at La Trobe, you may be eligible to transfer into the second year of the Bachelor of Health Sciences/Master of Podiatric Practice degree.

Podiatry placements

We have our own podiatry clinic at the Melbourne campus where you will be directly involved in the treatment of patients. Further clinical experience is gained through external placement in hospitals, health centres and private practice under the supervision of a clinician. Placements are available in metropolitan Melbourne, rural and regional Victoria, interstate and overseas. You must do placements in Melbourne and in rural or regional Victoria.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

We also offer opportunities for some overseas clinical placements.

Find out about the experiences of one of our students.

I think this course gives us excellent career opportunities.

Ms Alison Leech,