Candidates for CSci must be able to demonstrate that their knowledge is at an M-Level equivalence either through experiential learning or by having completed an M-Level course. This is because Chartered Scientist is set at the same high level as other chartered titles such as Chartered Mathematician and Chartered Engineer, with the exemplifying educational standard being at M-Level. 

Application Criteria

The applicant must meet the following criteria: 

  • HCPC Registered Podiatrist 
  • Member of the College of Podiatry holding the MCPod or Fellowship (FCPodM or FCPodS)
  • BSc(Hons) Podiatry / Podiatric Medicine or the D.Pod.M or BMedSci Podiatry  
  • a minimum of four years in full-time podiatry-related employment 
  • Master’s degree in Podiatry (or a cognate discipline) or a doctoral degree or if not the holder of a Master’s degree the candidate will during the application process select the M-Level equivalence route.

All applicants should check the CSci Guidance for Applicants for details of what to include in their application.   

CSci Application Competence Statements

The overarching competency statements illustrate the professional skills and attributes Chartered Scientists are expected to demonstrate through a combination of their knowledge and experience.

The overarching competency statements are: 

  • Application of knowledge and understanding 
  • Personal responsibility 
  • Interpersonal skills 
  • Professional practice 
  • Professionalism 
These statements are broken down further into specific attributes that all Chartered Scientists will possess. Before you consider applying for CSci, you should be familiar with the overarching competency statements as above and the specific attributes which are detailed below:

  • Use specialist experiential knowledge and broader scientific understanding to optimise the application of existing and emerging science and technology 
  • Exercise sound judgement in the absence of complete information and in complex or unpredictable situations. 
  • Demonstrate critical evaluation of relevant scientific information and concepts to propose solutions to problems 
  • Work autonomously and take responsibility for the work of self and others 
  • Promote and implement robust policies and protocols relating to health, safety and security 
  • Promote and ensure compliance with all relevant regulatory requirements and quality standards. 
  • Oversee the implementation of solutions with due regard to the wider environment and broader context. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively with specialist and non-specialist audiences.  
  • Demonstrate effective leadership through the ability to guide, influence, inspire and empathise with others. 
  • Demonstrate the ability to mediate, develop and maintain positive working relationships 
  • Scope, plan and manage multifaceted projects 
  • Demonstrate the achievement of desired outcomes with the effective management of resources and risks. 
  • Take responsibility for continuous performance improvement both at a personal level and in a wider organisational context. 
  • Demonstrate understanding and compliance with relevant codes of conduct 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development through continuing advancement of own knowledge, understanding and competence. 

To apply to become a Chartered Scientist (CSci) of the College of Podiatry, please click on the following link to access the online application portal.