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I'm a Podiatry student in the UK contemplating doing a PhD, however I would like to explore avenues abroad especially Canada. Therefore if there's anyone out there that can help me out, it would be much appreciated...
First of all, are there any Canadian schools that do a PhD studentship in Podiatric Biomechanics? Would my UK BSc degree be eligible? Also what is the funding situation for a foreign student when undertaking a PhD?
I understand they are some fairly specialised queries, however I haven't been able to locate anywhere online to tell me the relevant info, nor anyone contactable to educate me further.
Hey there. I am afraid to say in Ontario there is the Michener institute which still grants Chiropody Diplomas. In Quebec there is a podiatry college however I believe it is still only French speaking only.
As for your UK BSc I cannot speak for all schools, but I have my BSc in Podiatry from Queen Margaret Univ. (Scotland) and am pursuing a Masters in Wound Healing. My present univ. (Western) accepted the degree.
The masters referred to above is not podiatry specific. It is a clinical science or community health science masters program. Canada is a dead end for podiatry specific training. Look elsewhere. Canadians are leaving the country to pursue MSc and PhD level podiatry specific education. UK and Australia have adopted the academic route for training. We have not. In Ontario our own government calls our program an orphan, separated from the profession at an international level as we (though it is equivalent) grant diplomas not degrees and have not yet developed academic/research based educational graduate level programs specific to podiatry. Hopefully this will soon change. The closest we have is kinesiology grad degrees, however they do not do podiatric biomechanics so will not best serve you in advancing your career or to advance the profession; you would not be working with podiatric mentors or clinicians. Stay at home, or look into Australia, there are excellent programs there.
The situation here stinks to be quite honest. I want to pursue a PhD podiatric biomechanics but cannot afford to move overseas and pay international student tuition rates.