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Podiatric Sports Medicine

Postgraduate Certificate ( 1 year Part-time )


The course is designed and suitable for qualified podiatrists with clinical experience and an interest in sports medicine. It is a very practical course with multidisciplinary approach to patient management, so it should also appeal to those who simply want to enhance their clinical knowledge and expertise.

This programme is based on the philosophy that the total care for the athlete requires a multidisciplinary approach underpinned by evidenced based medicine.

Successful candidates will have the opportunity in the future, possibly as early as 2018, to sit a Fellowship examination in Podiatric Sports Medicine which will be awarded by The Directorate of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry, London.

Students will have the opportunity to transfer from the PGCert to an MSc/PGDip in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

The programme is delivered by Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM) within the William Harvey Research Institute and as such, will place the School at the forefront of provision of Podiatric Sports Medicine (PSM) within the UK. Working in sport is a largely practical discipline and the programme's emphasis lies firmly on regular clinical experience. Students will benefit from regular contact with members of Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), as well as visiting clinicians and lecturers who are experienced Sports Medicine specialists.

This course is designed to offer a mastery of foundation concepts and skills in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Lectures will be delivered by national and international experts; from cutting edge basic scientists to podiatric surgeons, sports physicians, physiotherapists and other health professionals working with world-class athletes. Our staff will work closely with students to nurture potential research interests and to develop clinical ability in Sports and Exercise Medicine.

Course content covers detailed assessment and management of sports injuries of the lower limb, especially foot, ankle and lower leg with imaging in sports medicine to assist in supporting clinical diagnosis.

The PSM programme will offer a modular PGCert structure with an innovative practical component involving clinical shadowing and mentoring. Students will be exposed to unique clinical learning opportunities, such as the monthly inter-disciplinary combined clinic, that will challenge and sharpen diagnostic skills. An interactive and supportive clinician-student relationship will be a feature of clinics on the postgraduate programme.


  • To provide a sound clinical base in Podiatric Sports Medicine on which to build future clinical practice with confidence in making a diagnosis and thinking beyond biomechanics.
  • To facilitate a comprehensive understanding of the scientific basis which underlies the clinical practice of Podiatric Sports Medicine.
  • To equip students with the key skills required in order for them to be able to critically analyse the literature and provide evidenced based interventions.
  • To in future create a specialty in Podiatric Sports Medicine.

Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine

The Centre is ideally situated on the same campus as the sports injury, physiotherapy, podiatry and the interdisciplinary combined sports clinics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend recognised external clinics around London, as well as the chance to attend sporting events and visits to national centres of excellence where possible.

Successful alumni have gone on to hold pivotal positions in sports medicine across the UK and internationally, including the Chief Medical Officer to the British Olympic Association and London 2012 and the Medical Director to the English Institute of Sport.

The Centre is renowned in the UK for its academic strength and excellence. Lectures are delivered by national experts; from cutting edge scientists to physiotherapists, doctors, and other health professionals working with world-class athletes.

Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry

The Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine is based at the William Harvey Research Institute at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, a leading UK Medical School is comprised of two world renowned teaching hospitals, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London, which have made, and continue to make, an outstanding contribution to modern medicine. We were one of the top five in the UK for medicine in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise.

For informal further information, please contact:

Dr Nat

Mr Trevor


Modular Structure

Each module is worth 15 Master’s level credits, and 60 Master’s level credits are required in order for students to be awarded the Post Graduate Certificate.

Time Commitment

Each module involves 150 hours of study. For the taught modules this will be 25% taught work and 75% private study.

It is important to recognise that the course requires a significant time commitment, especially when undertaken in one academic year. Those who are choosing to complete the course whilst working will need to pay special attention to their schedules in order to leave adequate time for attending classes, clinics, and for the substantial private study component required for the course.


Core Modules

  • Sports Injury Assessment I (Multidisciplinary – Medics and Allied healthcare professionals).
  • Podiatry and Biomechanics (Multidisciplinary – Medics and Allied healthcare professionals).
  • Imaging in Sports Medicine (Multidisciplinary – Medics and Allied healthcare professionals).
  • Podiatric Sports Medicine (Podiatrists only)



Module Leader: Dr Ritan Mehta (Sports Physician)


  • To present a comprehensive detailed approach to clinical assessment of presenting injury
  • To describe multi-factorial paradigms for the management of injured athletes
  • To present an overview of sports specific injuries
  • To develop good to excellent handling skills


  • Students will be able to accurately and reliably clinically assess acute, subacute and chronic injuries forming a working diagnosis
  • Students will be able to link the sports specific aspects of the presentation, the pathomechanics, the available evidence base for practice and the individual presentation in a sophisticated fashion.  This will allow formation of an evidence based multi-disciplinary management plan.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of differential diagnosis in a wide range of clinical situations.
  • Students will have good handling skills.


Module Leader: Dr Nat Padhiar (Podiatric Surgeon)


The main aim of the module is to provide a sound but practical basis of anatomy, pathophysiology, pathomechanics and mechanism of injuries of the foot, ankle and leg.


The module will allow the practitioner to be competent and confident in recognising common foot, ankle and leg injuries.  At the end of the module, the practitioner will be equipped to confidently make a diagnosis, differential diagnosis, request appropriate investigations, recognise biomechanical abnormalities and provide treatment or refer appropriately.


Module Leaders: Dr Sujit Vaidya & Dr Otto Chan (Radiologists)

N.B. This module runs as a short course format over four days.


  • Provide an understanding of the physiological and technical basis of imaging modalities in Sports Medicine
  • Provide an in depth knowledge and understanding of the selection of appropriate imaging techniques based on clinical situations, safety and cost
  • Develop a practical skill in Ultrasound scanning for HCPs working in Sports Medicine in line with recommendations from professional bodies
  • Develop a basic knowledge of the interpretation of non-ultrasound imaging techniques
  • Provide essential skills to achieve safe and accurate attainment and interpretation of the US/MRI/CT/Xray images


Module Leaders: Dr Nat Padhiar & Mr Trevor Prior (Podiatric Surgeons)

This Podiatric Sports Medicine module will provide students with an understanding of the broader implication of medicine and the criteria for referral within Sports Medicine. It will additionally focus on advanced diagnostic skills in the clinical environment and develop skills in ultrasound, building upon previous modules.

An understanding of and ability to provide a range of evidence-based interventions is an essential component of Podiatric Sports Medicine. This will be achieved by developing the ability to critically appraise the literature combined with the necessary knowledge base and practical skills in pharmacology, injection therapy, wound care, suturing and rehabilitation techniques. 


  • An outline of the general medical considerations and criteria for referral in Sports Medicine
  • Advanced methods of clinical diagnosis in Sports Medicine
  • The current evidence base in Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • Advanced skill in making a diagnosis, requesting and interpreting investigations and plan effective treatment modalities in Podiatric Sports Medicine
  • The role of the Podiatric Sports Medicine Specialist Facilitate within the multidisciplinary team.

On Successful completion of this module the student will be able to: 

  • Accurately and reliably clinically assess acute, subacute and chronic injuries forming a working diagnosis and differential diagnosis
  • Link the sports specific aspects of the presentation, the pathomechanics, the available evidence base for practice and the individual presentation in a sophisticated fashion. This will allow formation of an evidence based multi-disciplinary management plan.
  • Apply advanced techniques including injection therapy (with and without image guided) and, shockwave therapy and wound care and suturing.
  • Critically appraise the relevant clinical evidence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements for the course are:

  • BSc Podiatry /Podiatric Medicine
  • Registered with Health Care Professions Council or equivalent regulatory body for overseas students
  • At least one year of clinical experience
  • Non-native speakers must achieve a minimum IELTS score of 6.5

For informal further information, please contact:

Dr Nat Padhiar

Mr Trevor Prior

Learning and teaching

As a student at Queen Mary, you will play an active part in your acquisition of skills and knowledge. A variety of teaching and learning methods will be employed including; seminars, laboratory practice sessions, self-directed learning, one–to-one tutorials, case presentations, reading lists of books and journal papers. You are assigned an Academic Adviser who will guide you in both academic and pastoral matters throughout your time at Queen Mary.

Independent Study

For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to complete further hours of independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for, or following up on formal study sessions; reading; producing written work; completing projects; and revising for examinations.

The direction of your individual study will be guided by the formal study sessions you attend, along with your reading lists and assignments. However, we expect you to demonstrate an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge, understanding and critical ability.

Independent study will foster in you the ability to identify your own learning needs and determine which areas you need to focus on to become proficient in your subject area. This is an important transferable skill and will help to prepare you for the transition to working life.


Students will be given the opportunity to attend a number of in-house and externally supported sports related clinics. Students must attend a minimum of 16 clinics and keep an accurate log of patients seen in each of the clinics, before they complete the Certificate. Specifically, the required attendance will be:  


There are no formal links with employers. However, there are several ways in which such a qualification might inform employers about graduates' qualities and skills:

- This will be the first qualification in the UK for Podiatric Sports Medicine and place the student at the forefront of this discipline.

- This programme will position the student for the proposed fellowship in Podiatric Sports Medicine being developed by the Directorate of Podiatric Medicine, College of Podiatry.

- Working in elite sport is highly competitive in all disciplines, and thus by having a postgraduate qualification would this give a competitive-edge for those wishing to work in the area.

- Graduates continue the 'Queen Mary Experience' after they leave by keeping in contact with the course team, colleagues and friends.

- The Unit is part of the Sports and Exercise network with many alumnis potentially finding employment through contacts made through the course. 

- For students who progress to complete the full MSc, the completion of the independent research project may provide and entry point and pathway into higher research training.

For informal further information, please contact:

Dr Nat Padhiar

Mr Trevor Prior


Tuition fees for Home and EU students

2018 entry
Part time £3,050

Tuition fees for International students

2018 entry
Part time £6,050


There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.

These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.

Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships

We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.

Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.

Alternative sources of funding

Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.

Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.

Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide [PDF] for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.

Read more about alternative sources of funding for Home/EU students and for Overseas students.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079

Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary

We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.

Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:

Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717



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