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The Lower Limb at Risk

Key Facts

  • Level:


  • Duration:

    3 months part time

  • Starting:


  • Fees UK:

    £830 (20 credits)

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The Lower Limb at Risk (PODM011) module will equip learners with specialist knowledge of disease states which compromise the lower limb. This will include consideration of the pathophysiology, pharmacological management, assessment and management strategies of a range of conditions including diabetes mellitus. The role of the wider multiprofessional team in relation to pathways of care will be considered.

The course can be taken as a standalone postgraduate module, or can be taken as part of the MSc Advancing Practice award. The module is worth 20 credits at Level 7.

The next intake for this course is June 2022.

Updated 21/05/2021


  • Range of expert speakers covering broad issues relating to the at risk lower limb, including but not limited to diabetes.
  • Practical workshops including manufacture of offloading casts and advanced vascular assessment methods.
  • Intensive five-day teaching block making release for study more manageable and supported by face-to-face or distance learning tutor support in preparation for module assessment.

Course Content

  • The Lower Limb at Risk (PODM011) module is delivered as a block of five full days face-to-face teaching, including a mixture of external keynote speakers and internal subject experts. Teaching methods will comprise a blend of face-to-face teaching sessions, practical workshops, group work and directed online learning. Students will also have access to the University’s virtual learning environment (NILE) for all course materials and the University’s Waterside Campus for its extensive library and learning support facilities.

    Indicative content

    • The theory and practice of advanced neurological and vascular assessment.
    • Pathophysiology of a range of conditions including endocrine disease, immunosuppression, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, rheumatic disorders and neoplasia.
    • Pharmacology related to specific conditions which compromise lower limb viability.
    • Consideration of the role of antibiotics in managing infection and the pharmacological properties of wound care products.
    • The development and facilitation of care pathways involving the wider multidisciplinary team.
    • Consideration of the importance of education in diabetic foot management and how this may be delivered.
    • Advanced management principles including wound management, casting techniques, and offloading devices.
    • Diagnostic techniques and interpretation relating to cutaneous, soft tissue and bone pathology in high risk cases.

    The teaching week dates for this year are 24th-28th June 2019.

  • 2021/2022 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Part time: £830 per 20 credit module
    2020/2021 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK and EU – Part time: £825 per 20 credit module
    • International – Part time: £1,525 per 20 credit module
  • The module aims to extend clinical and professional practice by critically evaluating theory and linking it to practice. Students will aim to relate the theory of aetiology and pathophysiology to management strategies designed to prevent and treat the at risk lower limb.

    Applicants should be professionally registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) (or international equivalent), in a profession related to the treatment of lower limb disorders.

    If you would like further information about the course, please contact Lisa Chandler, Module Leader, by email.

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