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Pain Management (MSc)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / via e-Learning: 2 years part-time (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The MSc Degree in Pain Management is an interprofessional, e-Learning course intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain to teach others from various disciplines.

The course is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

Special Features

Course Description

MSc programme with Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma exit points.

Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

The course is an e-Learning, interprofessional course. The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for patients who have pain. The modules provide the student with the ability to understand the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and to evaluate the various approaches to assessing and managing patients in pain. Professional issues, including clinical governance and inter-professional practice, will be covered.

There are pathways available to suit the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary care professionals.

E-Learning assessment strategies enable students to focus on their areas of interest and are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Approximately forty places are offered each year and the majority of students are self-funded, though some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes two years to complete inclusive of the dissertation component (9 months for the Postgraduate Certificate stage; 9 months for the Postgraduate Diploma stage and a further six months for the dissertation stage).

There are no residential components in this course as it is purely e-Learning - so there is no requirement to travel to Cardiff for course purposes. In order to undertake the course the applicant must have constant and reliable internet access (preferably broadband) and have basic computer literacy skills. The IT knowledge or ability required to undertake the course is by no means advanced but applicants must be comfortable with using the internet and Microsoft Word at a basic level and with this method of learning (e-Learning).

Course Structure

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desktop/ laptop/ tablet).

Approximately 10-15 hours per week required on independent learning and assessment. As the programme is purely e-Learning there are no direct contact hours with the programme team. To support students in their learning, the course team are available 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday (UK time), excluding certain holiday periods, and we endeavour to respond to student queries within two working days.

Available Modules

Skills Acquired

Enhanced understanding of evidence based medicine through academic appraisal of the relevant resources.

Career Prospects

Valued added to CV with many students reporting that attainment and / or current participation on the MSc lead directly to promotion. Many students were also stimulated to pursue academic careers via further study up to PhD.

Entry Requirements

In addition to satisfying the requirements of the Cardiff University General Entrance Requirements, including English Language requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants will:

Foundation in Primary Care Management - Stand Alone Module

A stand-alone/sessional 20-credit module for GPs and Pharmacists with a special interest in pain and primary and community health care professionals will be available for entry on two occasions during each academic year. Please see the module page for more information.

Tuition Fees 2016/17

Fees quoted are for the academic session 2016/17. For programmes lasting more than one year, tuition fees for subsequent years of study are subject to an increase of no more than 4.5% per year.

  UK & EU International
Full-time n/a n/a
Part-time MSc: £3,875 MSc: £5,625
Deposit Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy. Includes a £1,000 deposit. More information about our deposit policy.

Next intake: September each year

School Contact

Name: Sharron Heathcote  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2074 3215 



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