Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Curriculum



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The BPodM has been replaced by a postgraduate qualification, the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).  The DPM commenced in 2013

All applicants will require at least a bachelor degree before commencing the DPM programme

  • This initial bachelor degree can be in any discipline as no pre-requisite knowledge is required; however there are some recommended subjects

  • The DPM is a three-year full-time professional degree course with a significant research component

  • Graduates will be able to register with the Podiatry Board of Australia and commence practice as a podiatrist in Australia and New Zealand without the need for further training

  • Students will commence patient contact in Year 1

  • Further information on the entry requirements and admission steps can be found here

The benefits of the DPM include:

  • Small class sizes allowing for more individual tuition and intensive clinical supervision
  • Excellent career opportunities with increased scope of practice
  • A broader knowledge-base from the undergraduate degree and
  • An improved learning environment at postgraduate level including critical thinking and research skills


  • Teaching will be for 40 weeks per year
  • There will be opportunities for interested students to spend time in chosen areas of clinical practice in rural and remote areas of WA and overseas
  • A variety of teaching methods will be used including lectures, tutorials, practicals and directed self-learning
  • Case-based and symptom-based learning will be used to emphasise patient focused practice
  • Clinical practice will commence in Year 1 and increase over Years 2 and 3 

The curriculum year-by-year: