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Studying to become a podiatrist

Why study podiatry with us?

  • Excellent teaching reputation
  • Fully-operational clinical facility on site in which to gain practical experience
  • State-of-the-art equipment and facilities
  • Teaching informed by staff research activities


The University of Brighton have been training the next generation of podiatrists for over 25 years. We developed and awarded the first degrees in podiatry in the UK and are one of only 13 institutions in the UK currently approved by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Our pre-registration Podiatry BSc(Hons) course will provide you with all of the necessary knowledge and skills required to follow a career as a podiatrist including providing eligibility for registration with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). Registration with the HCPC is required to practice as a podiatrist in the UK.

Our teaching has been recognised as excellent by podiatry’s professional body, the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists.

We encourage prospective students to talk to podiatry employers about the qualities of our graduates. Consistently University of Brighton graduates are valued employees.


Throughout your degree you will have access to our excellent facilities including the Leaf Hospital in Eastbourne, our own fully-staffed clinical facility which will give you an opportunity to gain practical experience of providing podiatric care to patients throughout your degree.

The Leaf Hospital has two main clinics and three further consulting rooms allowing up to 28 patients to be seen at any one time. Clinical practice is supported by a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic equipment including gait analysis, imaging and more. There is an orthotics department where you will produce high quality orthotics and insoles for patients as part of the practical element of your course. On the first floor there is a fully equipped operating theatre for minor surgical procedures, a human anatomy lab where you will study prosections and take part in lower limb dissection.

Podiatry students also have use of the facilities available on the Darley Road site.


Our podiatry students are part of the School of Health Sciences and are based at the university's Eastbourne campus. Eastbourne is a thriving town, situated on the south-coast around 20 miles to the east of Brighton and close to the sea and the South Downs. The Leaf Hospital, where the majority or your practical sessions will take place is close to the town centre and is within easy walking distance of the railway station and bus routes.

The Eastbourne campus also provides separate library, study and computing facilities as well as sports facilities, including a swimming pool and gym. The campus also has newly built halls of residence.


Our teaching is informed by the research interests of our staff. Many of our academics are actively engaged in research within the Clinical Research Centre for Health Professions.

Research in the podiatry division includes:

  • Diabetic foot
  • Rheumatology
  • Biomechanics

The 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) found that 95% of research carried out by the centre was of international or national importance.

Community engagement

Podiatry students have made visits to Nepal where they worked in a charitable leprosy hospital. Others are engaged in community projects teaching foot health in partnership with voluntary organisations in Eastbourne. Plans are advanced to enable students to teach local primary school children about foot health as part of the science curriculum.


Podiatry research