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Physiotherapy and Podiatry

Guided by our expert and supportive teaching teams, you’ll receive a first-class preparation for a rewarding career in these increasingly important disciplines, helping people suffering from injury, illness or disease.

About Physiotherapy and Podiatry

Why choose us?

1. Graduate prospects
Whether you study physiotherapy or podiatry, you’ll gain tremendous satisfaction from helping patients of all ages to alleviate and manage their conditions, to improve their mobility and enhance both their independence and quality of life.You’ll be following in the footsteps of successful graduates such as Paul Fisher, England and GB men’s basketball lead physiotherapist, and Joanne Woollard, who has become an advanced wound-care podiatrist at the Royal Free Hospital in London.
2. Practical placements
You’ll undertake work placements in prestigious local hospitals and NHS clinics through our great partnerships and you’ll benefit from low student-to-staff ratios due to our small annual intake across both programmes.

3. Excellent practitioners
We boast the only university degree course in London that concentrates on podiatry, the healthcare specialism that deals with care, disorders and treatment of the foot.We were also the first UK university to run a physiotherapy degree course, so we take particular delight in both these programmes and in the excellent practitioners they help develop. We’re proud of our academics such as Senior Lecturer Dr Jill Ferrari, who’s also a podiatrist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. And we’re just as proud of our graduates like Chris Clarke-Irons, who’s now Head Physiotherapist of Essex County Cricket Club.

Facilities and resources

Clinical Education Building based at Stratford campus houses the London Centre for Podiatry Education and  four large dedicated practical teaching rooms all with integrated Audio Visual displays. 

A working podiatry clinic,  biomechanics laboratory, orthotics manufacturing room and nail surgery suite are included  in the centre. Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports therapy students learn the majority of their core skills in this building which is well stocked with rehabilitation equipment and models. 

Students constantly report their satisfaction with the practical facilities and how much they enjoy learning in this environment. Showers, changing rooms and lockers are also provided.

What we're researching

We’re making a major contribution to evidence-based rehabilitation through our work with the Human Motor Performance Research Group (HMPG). This brings together a multi-disciplinary team of clinical scientists with backgrounds in physiotherapy, podiatry, neuroscience, biomechanical research, sports science and sociology.

Examples of our work include a major, eight-year research project into the impact of haemophilia on young children, led by Professor Wendy Drechsler in collaboration with the Canterbury and Kent Haemophilia Centre.

The research has shown that young haemophiliac children with a history of ankle joint bleeding have smaller, weaker muscles and walk differently to healthy children. The work has had a direct impact on clinical evaluation and the delivery of services across the country.

Dr Stewart Morrison and colleagues are researching the biomechanical function of the foot and lower limb in children with obesity. Dr Kellie Gibson has recently been awarded £200,000 by the Dr Scholl Foundation to carry out a study comparing the effectiveness of prefabricated foot orthotics to bespoke ones for early rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Additional Information

If you receive an undergraduate offer from us, you will be invited to an interview. The links below provide essential interview information for offer holders.

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