Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) (4709)

  • Approved Abbreviation: BPodMed(Hons)
  • Western Sydney University Program Code: 4709
  • AQF Level: 8

CRICOS Code: 0101793

Program Status: 

This program applies to students who commenced in 2022 or later

Students should follow the program structure for the session start date relevant to the year they commenced.

Commencement Year 2015 - 2021 - 4709.1 Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours)

The Honours program is available to high achieving students in the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine. Honours is a key early step in the path to leadership in the profession and opens up the world of research, without taking any longer to complete the degree. The honours program encourages independent learning, develops research skills and provides an opportunity for deeper investigation in the major field of study. An honours program is a recognised preparation and entry point for postgraduate research studies and the research training is valuable preparation for careers in research and development and analysis in the public and private sectors. Students apply for entry into the Honours program in year 3 of their degree. They begin advanced research training in the latter half of year 3. Clinical placements and an honours thesis are completed during the fourth year of the program. The thesis presents research that addresses real podiatric problems and education across the lifespan. This research will be conducted under the supervision of experienced academic researchers.

Study Mode

Four years full-time.

Program Advice

Prospective students should visit the following websites for general enquiries about this program.

Enquire about this program| Local Admission | International Admission |


Campus Attendance Mode Advice
Campbelltown Campus Full Time Internal See above


The Western Sydney University Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine (Honours) is an accredited program of study and students are eligible to register with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. This program has been accredited by Australia and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council (ANZPAC).

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this program that you must meet in order to complete your program and graduate. Make sure you read and understand the requirements for this program online.

Inherent requirements

Work Integrated Learning

Western Sydney University seeks to enhance student learning experiences by enabling students to engage in the culture, expectations and practices of their profession or discipline.  This program includes a placement or other community-based unpaid practical experience.

There is a mandatory work component required for completion of this program.  Please contact the Program Advisor listed above for information.

International students should also refer to the link below for more information and a link to the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS).

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for international students


Admission is through direct application to the university - applications are directed to the School of Science and Health.

Students must have completed 200 credit points in the first 2.5 years of the Western Sydney University Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine program and achieved a GPA of 5.0 or greater. Students with a GPA in the range of 4.5-5.0 and a credit average in subjects completed in Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine levels 2 and 3 will also be considered (in accordance with the Honours Policy clause 13 and the Graduations Policy clause 53).

International students applying to The University through the International Office can find details of minimum English proficiency requirements and acceptable proof on their website

For courses that will lead to AHPRA registered careers and students studying Sport and Exercise Science and Speech Pathology, students are required to have a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 overall with a minimum score of 7.0 in Speaking and Listening, and 6.5 in Writing and Reading or equivalents, in an acceptable language test.

International Office Overseas qualifications must be deemed by the Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment to be equivalent to Australian qualifications in order to be considered by UAC and Western Sydney University.

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

To enrol in this program, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements. To attend a health-related placement in this program, Special Legislative Requirements will be assessed from the first year of study.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements: the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)

Special Requirements Prerequisites

In order to enrol in Second Year Spring subjects, all students must have completed the NSW Health requirements above. In clinical placement subjects, students must wear the Western Sydney University podiatric medicine uniform, which complies with NSW uniform requirements. Special note: Students in this program are required to participate fully in practical classes. This involves practical hands-on podiatry / lower extremity examination and treatment techniques on both genders and students will personally experience these techniques which will be performed on them by other students and/or relevant academic staff. Students are also required to undertake 19 weeks of clinical placement activity which can include rural and metropolitan locations. Student must meet their own travel, accommodation and living expenses during these activities.

Qualification for this award requires the successful completion of 340 credit points which include the units listed in the recommended sequence below.

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
PUBH 1006 Population Health and Society 10
NATS 1009 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1 10
REHA 1003 Introduction to Podiatry 10
HLTH 1010 Professional Health Competencies 10
 Credit Points40
Spring session
NATS 1010 Human Anatomy and Physiology 2 10
COMM 1007 Communication in Health 10
NATS 1022 Functional Anatomy 10
HLTH 1012 Evidence in Health 10
 Credit Points40
Year 2
1H session
REHA 2005 Pathomechanics and Podiatric Medicine 10
 Credit Points10
Autumn session
HLTH 2003 Biomechanics 10
NATS 2038 Pathophysiology 1 10
HLTH 2024 Research Methods in Health 10
 Credit Points30
2H session
REHA 2007 Podiatry Pre-Clinical 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
REHA 2003 Musculoskeletal Disorders and Imaging 10
NATS 3037 Neuroanatomy 10
NATS 2008 Clinical Pharmacology 10
 Credit Points30
Year 3
1H session
REHA 3028 Podiatric Practice 1 10
REHA 4021 The High Risk Foot 10
 Credit Points20
Autumn session
PUBH 2005 Culture, Diversity and Health 10
REHA 3027 Pharmacology for Podiatrists 10
 Credit Points20
2H session
REHA 3029 Podiatric Practice 2 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
REHA 3030 Podiatric Surgery 10
BEHV 1014 Psychology and Health 10
Evidence in Professional Reasoning (Honours)  
From 2023 HLTH 4002 is replaced by PUBH 4001 10
At this point, students may exit with the Bachelor of Health Science (no specialisation)  
 Credit Points30
Trimester 3
REHA 4031 Honours Research 1 20
 Credit Points20
Year 4
1H session
REHA 4017 Podiatric Paediatrics and Sports Medicine 10
REHA 4007 Dermatology and Gerontology 10
REHA 4033 Honours Research 2 (Podiatric Medicine) 10
REHA 4018 Podiatric Practice 3 10
 Credit Points40
2H session
REHA 4005 Clinical and Professional Practice (Honours) 20
REHA 4033 Honours Research 2 (Podiatric Medicine) 10
REHA 4019 Podiatric Practice 4 10
Students will exit with Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine  
 Credit Points40
 Total Credit Points340