Course Overview

The course will provide a postgraduate learning experience that adopts problem solving, clinical reasoning and critical reflection in the analysis of podiatric practice and advancement of individual expertise. It will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own clinical and professional interests and to enhance their knowledge and capacity to critique current literature, adopt best-practice and develop, undertake and disseminate research pertinent to podiatric medicine. 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

The process aims to provide both the applicant and the selection team with the details required to make an informed decision. It is for this reason that all suitable candidates undergo an interview (telephone or Skype interview). Furthermore applicants will be counselled as to the suitability of the programme in meeting their professional and educational needs and aspirations.

Who Teaches this Course

Prof Caroline McIntosh

Dr. Elaine Greaney

Dr. Claire McGilchrist

Ms. Amanda Walsh

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Admissions will normally be restricted to those who hold a primary honours degree, first or upper 2nd class or equivalent, in Podiatry/ Podiatric Medicine. An interview is part of the application process.

Additional Requirements

Duration

1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Next start date

September 20189

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

20

Closing Date

31 July 2019

NFQ level

Mode of study

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1MPO1 (full-time)
1MPO2 (part-time)

Course Outline

This is a 90 credit Masters programme, with 6 x 10 credit taught modules and a 30 credit research dissertation, taken over one (fulltime) or two (part-time) years.

There is an option to exit with a 60-credit Postgraduate Diploma.

The modules comprise: Musculoskeletal Conditions of Ankle and Foot; Inflammatory Arthropathies of the Foot & Ankle; Diabetic Foot Disease; Vascular Disease; Advanced Research Methods; and Venous Leg Ulcers or Advanced Wound Management.

 A blended learning strategy has been adopted, with a variety of instructional methods employed, all of which are appropriate for the intended learning outcomes. The distance learning is supported by use of a virtual learning environment (Blackboard®), with blogs being used to engage students and facilitate feedback from their teachers. Assessment is distributed across the programme, and within modules, with a range of modalities being used, including 3,000-word written assignments, blog entries, an OSCE, and a 12,000 word research dissertation. 

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (90 Credits)

Required PO5104: Inflammatory Arthropathies of the Foot & Ankle


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The area of Rheumatology covers a wide scope of inflammatory arthropathies which commonly affect the foot and ankle. This area of medicine is still emerging, however, there is an increase in both frequency and complexity of foot and ankle conditions presenting in our clinics. As a result the obligation on the practitioner to have the necessary knowledge and skills to assess, diagnose and manage such conditions is becoming more pertinent. This level 9 module has been developed by the Discipline of Podiatric Medicine at The National University of Ireland, Galway. The module aims to build upon existing knowledge in key areas such as, epidemiology, pathophysiology, assessment and management. To provide students with the necessary expertise and confidence in skilled areas such as the consideration of risk assessment, emergent interventions, the role of imaging, pharmacological and surgical methods. In addition to giving due care and attention to a holistic and multidisciplinary approach. This the module will be delivered by a team of experts in inflammatory arthropathies from a range of clinical and research specialities. Students will develop increased problem solving, critical reasoning and clinical skills which be the basis for positive leadership in this area within your existing role and in your future career. All teaching in this module is centred around evidence based medicine and involves an appreciation of National and International Guidelines, in addition to, a range of strategic healthcare polices and initiatives whist continually promoting lifelong learning.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate a detailed assimilation of the pathogenesis, medical and pharmacological management of inflammatory arthropathies of the foot and ankle.
  2. Outline the therapeutic treatment strategies and assessment of outcomes in inflammatory arthropathies of the foot and ankle.
  3. Critically appraise the current literature including national and international guidelines pertinent to inflammatory arthropathies.
  4. Summarise the current evidence-base for emerging concepts, theories and treatment paradigms for inflammatory arthropathies of the foot and ankle.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "The Foot and Ankle in Rheumatoid Arthritis: A comprehensive guide. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingston" by Helliwell, P. et al
  2. "American College of Rheumatology, Guidelines for the management of rheumatoid arthritis: 2002 Update, Arthritis Rheum. Feb; 46 (2): 328-46." by n/a
  3. "How does functional disability in early rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affect patients and their lives? Results of 5 years of follow‐up in 732 patients from the Early RA Study (ERAS), 39 (6) 603-611" by Young et al
  4. "What are the consequences of early rheumatoid arthritis for the individual? Best Practice and Research Clinical Rheumatology, 19 (1) 117-136" by Scott et al
  5. "The American Rheumatism Association 1987 revised criteria for the classification of rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Rheum 1988; 31: 315–24." by Arnett FC, Edworthy SM, Bloch DA, McShane DJ, Fries JF, Cooper NS, et al.
  6. "Rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria: An American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism collaborative initiative, 62 (9) 2569-2581" by Aletaha et al (2010)
  7. "Update of the 2008 American College of Rheumatology recommendations for the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs and biologic agents in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, 64 (5) 625-639" by n/a
    ISBN: SINGH ET AL.
  8. "Foot and Ankle Problems in Rheumatoid Arthritis. Foot and Ankle International, 15 (11) 608-613" by Michelson et al
  9. "Guidelines of care for the management of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis : Section 1. Overview of psoriasis and guidelines of care for the treatment of psoriasis with biologics. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 58 (5) 826-850" by Menter et al
  10. "A randomized controlled trial of foot orthoses in rheumatoid arthritis. The Journal of Rheumatology, 29 (7) 1377-1383" by Woodburn et al
  11. "Management of Early Rheumatoid Arthritis. Guideline 123" by SIGN Guidelines
  12. "Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis: clinical features and disease mechanisms. Clinics in Dermatology, 24 (5) 438-447" by Myres et al
  13. "Genetic epidemiology of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 64 (ii37-ii39)" by Rahman and Elder
  14. "Systematic review of treatments for psoriatic arthritis: an evidence based approach and basis for treatment guidelines. The journal of Rheumatology, 33 (7) 1417-1421" by Kavanaugh and Ritchlin
  15. "Psoriatic arthritis: epidemiology, clinical features, course, and outcome Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, 64 (ii14-ii17)" by Gladman et al
  16. "Varied Presentations of Enthesopathy. Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism 37 (2) 119-126" by Slobodin et al
  17. "Classification criteria for psoriatic arthritis: Development of new criteria from a large international study. Arthritis and Rheumatisim 54 (8) 2665-2673" by Taylor et al
  18. "Update on Spondyloarthropathies. Ann Intern Med, 136 (12) 896-907" by Khan
  19. "MR features of foot involvement in Ankylosing Spondylitis. European Journal of Radiology 53 (2005) 110–119" by Erdem et al
  20. "Rheumatoid Arthritis in adults: management [online] available at nice.org.uk/guidance/cg79" by NICE Guidelines
  21. "The NICE and BSR guidelines on the management of rheumatoid arthritis" by Deighton, C. & Luqmani, R.
The above information outlines module PO5104: "Inflammatory Arthropathies of the Foot & Ankle " and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PO5013: Musculoskeletal Conditions of the Foot & Ankle


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The growing complexity of management of musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle in the field of Podiatric Medicine has lead to the development of this level 9 module. The management of musculoskeletal disorders requires a multidisciplinary approach, expert knowledge and a dedication to service provision and service development underpinned by evidence-based practice. Being cognisant of this, the module will be delivered by a team of experts in musculoskeletal medicine and surgery from a range of specialities including podiatric medicine, orthopaedic surgery and radiology alongside allied health professionals working in the field. The increasing complexity of treatment options for the management of musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle has formed the basis for this module. The focus of the module is to ensure that the student has the capacity to remain current and will be capable of updating themselves on new interventions and approaches to the prevention and management of musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle. The goal is to facilitate life-long learning. Therefore, the module has been carefully designed with the aim of ensuring that students have a thorough understanding of, and in-depth knowledge of, the principles of diagnosis and management, and how these can be applied to musculoskeletal disorders. Clinical care will be considered in the context of multi-professional management which will involve an appreciation of National and International Guidelines in addition to a range of strategic healthcare polices and initiatives. Students will develop critical reasoning techniques and problem solving skills, which will be verified by evaluation of evidence to enable sound judgements to be reached and effective multi-professional communication to take place. These themes will be developed with relevance to the student’s work setting.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse research and evidence underpinning the multi-professional management of manifestations of musculoskeletal disorders in the foot and ankle.
  2. Appraise relevant paradigms and concepts relating to management of musculoskeletal disorders in the foot and ankle in the context of the evidence base and/ or best practice.
  3. Debate the literature pertaining to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment options for people with musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle.
  4. Evaluate and explore areas of uncertainty, ambiguity, limitations of knowledge and current innovations in managing people with musculoskeletal disorders of the foot and ankle.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Fundamentals of Skeletal Radiology. Philadelphia, Elsevier" by Helms, Clyde A.
  2. "Imaging of the Foot and Ankle. London. Lippincott-Raven." by Crim, Julia R., Cracchiolo III, Andrea. & Hall, Reginald L.
  3. "Practical Prescribing for Musculoskeletal Practitioners. London. M&K Publishing." by Dawson, J., Hennell, Sheena. & Sephton, Ruth.
  4. "Lower Extremity Review" by Scherer, Paul R. Recent Advances in Orthotic Therapy. USA.
  5. "Orthotics in Functional Rehabilitation of the Lower Limb. Philadelphia. W B Saunders." by Nawoczenski, Deborah A. & Epler, Marcia E.
  6. "Therapeutic Footwear, A Comprehensive Guide. Edinburgh. Elsevier." by Tyrrell, Wendy. & Carter, Gwenda.
The above information outlines module PO5013: "Musculoskeletal Conditions of the Foot & Ankle" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PO5100: Research Dissertation Project


15 months long | Credits: 30

The Dissertation is intended to give students the opportunity to consolidate knowledge and skills acquired during the taught Masters programme and undertake a research led project.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise the research evidence pertaining to the topic under investigation.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between theory, methodology and research techniques with appropriate sensitivity to the ethical dimension of their research.
  3. Appropriately analyse research data, interpret and critically discuss the findings and outcomes of the research with emphasis on how the findings add to the current body of knowledge in podiatric medicine or relevant field.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to conduct scientific research, formulate research questions/hypotheses and apply advanced research skills in the execution of a quality research project.
Assessments
  • Research (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "A Guide to Research for Podiatrists" by Campbell J
  2. "A pocket guide to critical appraisal 12th Ed, London, BMJ Publishing" by Crombie C
  3. ") How to read a paper: The basics of evidence based medicine 2nd Ed. London. BMJ Publishing Group." by Greenhalgh, T.
  4. "Research methods for clinical therapists: Applied project design and analysis 4th Ed. London. Churchill Livingstone." by Hicks, C.
  5. "Introduction to research in the health sciences 4th Ed. London. Churchill Livingstone." by Polgar, S. Thomas, S.
  6. "Real world research (2nd Ed) Oxford: UK Blackwell Publishers" by Robson C
  7. "A Podiatrist's Guide to Using Research Churchill Livingstone Elsevier" by Mathieson I, Upton D
The above information outlines module PO5100: "Research Dissertation Project" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU502: Advanced Research Methods


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module focuses on developing further students understanding of the theoretical foundations of research, research methodologies and methods of data collection. The module has two major goals. Firstly, to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to interpret and implement research findings in their practice and secondly, to prepare students to undertake a piece of research. Students will be given an opportunity to recap on methodological approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. A key skill in promoting students independence is preparing students to complete their own research project under the supervision of a supervisor. Therefore, this module has a specific focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills of “doing” research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate that they have an understanding of what ‘evidence’ is and how to ssystematically search for evidence
  2. Discuss theoretical perspectives on research methodology
  3. Explain clearly the origins, underpinning philosophical assumptions, key characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  4. Articulate a research problem and formulate a research question or hypothesis as appropriate to guide the conduct of the study
  5. Justify the use of appropriate data collection, sampling, and data analysis methods for qualitative and quantitative research
  6. Create a plan with clear rationales for data collection, sampling, data analysis and rigour to be used when conducting a qualitative or quantitative study
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU502: "Advanced Research Methods" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PO5102: Vascular Disease


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This level 9 module has been developed as a collaborative initiative between the Vascular Team, Saolta University HealthCare Group, the Discipline of Podiatric Medicine and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway. The management of patients with disease requires a multidisciplinary approach, expert knowledge and a dedication to service provision and service development underpinned by evidence-based practice. Being cognisant of this the module will be delivered by a team of experts in vascular diseases from a range of specialities including vascular, medicine, podiatry, nursing, and primary care experts. The focus of the module is to ensure that the student has the capacity to remain current and is capable of updating themselves on new interventions and approaches to the prevention and management of vascular diseases. The goal is to facilitate life-long learning. Therefore, the module has been carefully designed with the aim of ensuring that students have a thorough understanding of, and in-depth knowledge of the principles of prevention and management, and how these can be applied to vascular disease. Clinical care will be considered in the context of multi-professional management which will involve an appreciation of National and International Guidelines in addition to a range of strategic healthcare polices and initiatives. Students will develop critical reasoning techniques and problem solving skills, which will be verified by evaluation of evidence to enable sound judgements to be reached and effective multi-professional communication to take place. These themes will be developed with particular relevance to the student’s work setting.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse research and evidence underpinning the assessment and management of vascular diseases.
  2. Interpret and differentiate signs and symptoms of vascular diseases as they manifest.
  3. Effectively utilise a range of vascular assessment skills and communicate their findings
  4. Formulate problem-solving strategies that relate to assessment, diagnosis and management options for people with vascular disease.
  5. Evaluative and explore areas of uncertainty, ambiguity, limitations of knowledge and current innovations in managing people with vascular disease.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Aiyagari, V. Gorelick,Hypertension and Stroke: Pathophysiology and Management (Clinical Hypertension and Vascular Diseases)," by Aiyagari, V. Gorelick, PB
    ISBN: 10: 331929150.
    Publisher: Human Press
  2. "Dx/Rx: Peripheral Vascular Disease" by Alvaro Alonso, Daniel D. McManus, Daniel Z. Fisher
    ISBN: 0763755389.
    Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
  3. "Handbook of Interventions for Structural Heart and Peripheral Vascular Disease" by Khanna, NN. Henry, M
    ISBN: 9351529908.
    Publisher: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers
  4. "Peripheral Vascular Disease in Primary Care (Chronic Diseases in Primary Care)." by Sharma, A.
    ISBN: 1846194350.
    Publisher: CRC Press
The above information outlines module PO5102: "Vascular Disease" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required PO5101: Management of Diabetic Foot Disease


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The management of diabetic foot disease requires a multi-disciplinary approach, expert knowledge and a dedication to service provision and service development underpinned by evidence based practice approach. The increasing pace of change and complexity in management of diabetic foot disease has shaped the design of this module. The focus is to ensure students have the capacity to remain current and are capable of updating themselves on new interventions and approaches to the prevention and management of diabetic foot disease. The goal is to teach for life-long learning. Therefore, the module has been carefully designed in stages (see Stages 1- 5) which build on one another with the aim of ensuring that students have a thorough understanding of and in-depth knowledge of the principles of prevention and management, and how these can be applied to diabetic foot disease. Clinical care will be considered in the context of multi-professional management which will involve an appreciation of National and International Guidelines in addition to a range of strategic healthcare polices and initiatives. Students will develop critical reasoning techniques and problem solving skills which will be verified by evaluation of evidence to enable sound judgements to be reached and effective multi-professional communication to take place. These themes will be developed with particular relevance to the student’s work setting.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse research and evidence underpinning the multi-professional management of manifestations of diabetes in the lower limb and foot
  2. Appraise relevant policy and position documents relating to management of diabetes in the lower limb and foot
  3. Formulate problem solving strategies that relate to assessment, diagnosis and treatment strategies for people with diabetes.
  4. Evaluative and explore areas of uncertainty, ambiguity, limitations of knowledge and current innovations in managing people with diabetes.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module PO5101: "Management of Diabetic Foot Disease" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU6104: Management of venous leg ulceration


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module aims to give participants opportunities to explore the topic of venous leg ulceration in-depth and to enable critical practice in this specialised area of care. The demands of wound care and prevention require comprehensive and detailed analysis of the physiological and psychosocial components of the patient experience along with technical and practical skills to perform holistic assessment and to provide safe and effective treatment based upon current evidence.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. • Develop a critical understanding of the physiology of wound healing and analyse in-depth factors which affect healing. • Critically evaluate the process of holistic assessment and appraise tools and strategies which will facilitate this. • Critically explore and evaluate the current evidence base for the care and management of clients with venous leg ulcers and be able to predict likely outcomes of treatment based on such evidence. • Demonstrate competency in the application of compression therapy. • Demonstrate competency in the recording of Ankle Bracial Pressure Index. • Reflect critically upon current developments in health and social policy and legislation which impact upon woun
Assessments
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Wound care at a glance" by Peate, Ian; Glencross, Wyn
    ISBN: 9781118684672.
    Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
  2. "Leg ulcers" by Christine Moffatt, Peter Harper
    ISBN: 0443055335.
    Publisher: Churchill Livingstone
  3. "Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts" by Ruth Bryant RN MS CWOCN, Denise Nix RN MS CWOCN
    ISBN: 9780323069434.
    Publisher: Mosby
  4. "Lower extremity wounds" by edited by Karen Ousey and Caroline McIntosh
    ISBN: 9780470059081.
    Publisher: Chichester, England ; John Wiley, c2008.
The above information outlines module NU6104: "Management of venous leg ulceration" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Optional NU438: Advanced Wound Care Management


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module aims to give course members opportunities to explore the subject of wound management in-depth to enable critical practice in this specialised area of care. The demands of wound care and prevention require comprehensive and detailed analysis of the physiological and psychosocial components of the patient experience along with technical and practical skills to perform holistic assessment and to provide safe and effective treatment based upon current evidence.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Learning Outcomes • Develop a critical understanding of the physiology of healing and analyse in depth factors which affect healing • Evaluate critically the process of holistic assessment and appraise tools and strategies which will facilitate this • Examine critically and evaluate the evidence base for the care and management of clients with acute and chronic wounds and be able to predict likely outcomes of treatment based on such evidence • Reflect critically upon current developments in health and social policy and legislation which impact upon wound care and prevention and resource allocation. • Debate the ethical and legal issues influencing clinical decision making relat
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
Reading List
  1. "Acute and Chronic Wounds: Current Management Concepts" by Ruth Bryant RN MS CWOCN, Denise Nix RN MS CWOCN
    ISBN: 9780323069434.
    Publisher: Mosby
  2. "Lower extremity wounds" by edited by Karen Ousey and Caroline McIntosh
    ISBN: 9780470059081.
    Publisher: Chichester, England ; John Wiley, c2008.
  3. "The practice of nursing research" by Nancy Burns, Susan K. Grove
    ISBN: 0721691773.
    Publisher: Philadelphia ; Saunders, c2001.
  4. "Oxford textbook of palliative medicine" by edited by Nathan I. Cherny, Marie T. Fallon, Stein Kaasa, Russell K. Portenoy, David C. Currow.
    ISBN: 9780199656097.
    Publisher: Oxford [Oxfordshire]; Oxford University Press
The above information outlines module NU438: "Advanced Wound Care Management" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

The course will provide a postgraduate learning experience that adopts problem solving, clinical reasoning and critical reflection in the analysis of podiatric practice and advancement of individual expertise. It will provide students with the opportunity to develop their own clinical and professional interests and to enhance their knowledge and capacity to critique current literature, adopt best-practice and develop, undertake and disseminate research pertinent to podiatric medicine. 

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
1MPO2 Part time EU fee €3,305 p.a. 2018/19

Find out More

Professor Caroline McIntosh
Head of Podiatric Medicine
T: +353 91 495 869
E: caroline.mcintosh@nuigalway.ie
www.nuigalway.ie/mscpodiatricmedicine