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Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

n/a (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / each stage is 9 months in length (3 years) (e-learning) (distance / e-Learning)

Course Aims

The aim is to facilitate students to develop their knowledge to an advanced level in their area of expertise and or interest within the field of pain assessment and management in the primary and community care setting. This is however, undertaken within a broader context, which allows the student to understand their level of expertise and knowledge base and how it fits into interprofessional practice and pain management as a whole.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or want to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.

Every applicant has to apply for the Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Diploma. The same applies for the Diploma to MSc.

Each course runs over a 9 month period. The Certificate course starts with a 2 week introductory period to enable to the student to familiarise themselves with the course and e-Learning. The course team offer support Mon – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. The assessment methods are written assignments, online assessments (individual and group work). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

Available Modules

Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):

Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):

MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care):

Start Dates

Please note that if you wish to enter this programme it is necessary for you to apply for and complete the Certificate year before applying for the Diploma year. It is not possible to directly enter the Diploma phase without having completed and achieved the Certificate in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

“Similarly, candidates wishing to apply for the MSc phase of the programme must have first passed the Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

Skills Acquired

Graduates of the PgCert & PgDip programme will have:

Additionally, graduates of the MSc programme will be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake a piece of research, an audit, or a critical review of an aspect of clinical practice.

Career Prospects

The syllabus adheres to the curriculum suggested by the International Association for the Study of Pain and aligns to the Department of Health Practitioners with Special Interest in Pain Competencies.

Entry Requirments

In addition to satisfying the English Language requirements, at the discretion of the relevant Board of Studies, applicants will:

If you wish to apply for this course please use Cardiff University's Online Application Service.

Further Information

Further general information can be found via the course pages on the School website.

Available Funding

In recent years we have been very fortunate in obtaining substantial bursaries from Napp Pharmaceuticals Limited. If you would like to enrol on the course please contact or to find out more information re. the possibility of a Napp sponsored bursary, please contact

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 PgCert: £3,875
PgDip: £3,875
PgCert: £5,625
PgDip: £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: October each year

School Contact

Name: Sue Jenkins  

Telephone: +44(0)29 2074 3215 



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