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intended to promote. - Exploration and evaluation of issues and application of appropriate principles, diagnosis and mangagement of headache in a primary care setting. Read more
intended to promote:
- Exploration and evaluation of issues and application of appropriate principles, diagnosis and mangagement of headache in a primary care setting.
- Exploration and evaluation of the treatments of differing types of headaches in the primary care setting.
- Independant critical exploration into an aspect within professional practice for the purpose of enhancing or further developing the management of headache in Primary Care.

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As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is essential that pain is managed through multidisciplinary initiatives and inputs that aim to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain. Read more

Programme description

As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is essential that pain is managed through multidisciplinary initiatives and inputs that aim to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain.

Through a solid, theoretical understanding of the biological, psychological and social concepts that drive, develop and maintain pain, students will explore the multifaceted nature of pain and its effects. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the specialist area of pain management and will develop the core skills and knowledge required of an advanced pain practitioner.

Each course of the programme is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and webinars. This is supplemented by discussion boards that provide directed assessment tasks while input from expert guest lecturers and tutors offer students opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues.

This programme attracts an international and multi-professional student cohort and offers a unique opportunity to have direct contact with others working in pain management across the world. Within this context, students will gain the knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills to provide advanced clinical care so as to improve outcomes for people living in pain.

This part-time, fully online programme will support the need for up-to-date knowledge, skills and theory in a wide variety of clinical areas in pain management.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Online learning

The MSc/Dip/Cert in the Clinical Management of Pain is a wholly online educational experience and as such, there are no residential components to this programme. This means that students do not have to travel to the University of Edinburgh campus at any time during the programme.

Although studying at a distance, all students have access to the University of Edinburgh’s extensive educational resources and support services, as well as forming part of a supportive online community, bringing together students and tutors from around the world.

Programme structure

Within the programme, students can progress from Postgraduate Certificate, to Postgraduate Diploma and to Master of Science degrees as they successfully complete of each year of course work. Each of the six courses in the Postgraduate Certificate are compulsory as they provide the theoretical foundation for the Diploma and MSc. Students studying beyond the Postgraduate Certificate are provided with the opportunity to broaden their understanding of specialist areas of pain management and to develop the knowledge required to meet specific professional and academic needs.

The Diploma allows students to select from a number of options that are relevant to their employment prospects, personal interests and career goals, and the MSc allows students the opportunity to explore a specialist area of interest in the form of either a dissertation, or, a structured project, which would aim to deliver a ‘real world’ project with a direct impact for an employer, organisation or personal goal.

Thirty-five places are offered each academic year and the majority of students are health care professionals currently working within a clinical setting. The large majority are self-funded, although some do obtain awards from industry, charities and trusts.

The minimum time for completion of the full Masters programme is three years, and the maximum time for completion is six years. The Certificate and Diploma can be completed on a pro rata basis.

PgDip/MSc Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders

If you are interested in pain with a sub-specialty focus, there is the option to study pain management with a headache management 'stream'. Following successful completion of the 60 core pain management credits, you will enrol on 60 credits of taught courses that focus on headache management. On successful completion, you would be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders.

Students who wish to continue to masters level, would continue by undertaking a dissertation or structured project (60 credits) in the area of headache management. On successful completion, you would be awarded a Master of Science degree in the Clinical Management of Pain and Headache Disorders.

Career opportunities

There are many and diverse prospects for employment depending on where graduates want to work, the area of the world where they are currently based, and, previous experience and interest.

By the end of the programme, students will have gained many valuable subject specific skills, but will also have:

explored their strengths, interests and aspirations
increased their transferable skills for their future and/or current career
developed a stronger academic and vocational profile

Graduates will have gained skills which may, depending on background and strengths, have prepared them for employment in a wide variety of areas including research establishments; educational facilities; government or political organisations; charity and welfare organisations, and within industry. Equally, a postgraduate qualification will provide additional knowledge to supplement and support an ongoing clinical career.

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This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute and chronic pain services in primary or secondary care. Read more
This higher degree is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of acute and chronic pain services in primary or secondary care. Combining cutting-edge research with an international reputation for clinical excellence, the UCL Pain Management MSc is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the care of people living with pain while accelerating their own career.

Degree information

Students will learn:
-Health economics and social impact of pain
-Clinical governance of pain services
-Pathophysiology of pain
-Pharmacology of pain and therapeutics
-Managing pain in cancer patients including post-chemotherapy pain
-Management of headache and abdominopelvic/urogenital pain
-Managing pain in children and adolescents
-Strategies for the self-management of pain
-Neuromodulation for chronic pain
-Pain management with mental health, substance misuse and multiple morbidity
-Community pain management strategies

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits). A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, eight core modules) is offered. A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, four core modules) is offered. There are no optional modules for this programme.

Core modules
-Introduction to Pain: Economics, Evidence Delivery (15 credits)
-Acute Pain (15 credits)
-Chronic Pain (15 credits)
-Pain in Cancer Patients (15 credits)
-Headache, Paediatric Pain & Abdominopelvic Pain (15 credits)
-Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain (15 credits)
-Neuromodulation (15 credits)
-Pain in the Community (15 credits)

Dissertation/report
Successful completion of the MSc requires a 5,000- to 8,000-word dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the candidate's own clinical practice and has been covered, at least superficially, at some point in the programme. The options for the dissertation will be discussed with each student but can include, where possible, joining clinical research at the UCLH Pain Management Centre, study in-depth of topics, preparing for higher (doctoral) research, etc. Students will have two supervisors and a mentor.

Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via an online learning environment with additional workshops and discussions to support students on their journey towards making a real difference for people living with pain.

Careers

This programme is the ideal solution for:
-Nurses and allied health professionals wishing to pursue senior (Band 7+) roles in the NHS.
-General practitioners involved in the delivery of chronic pain services.
-Junior doctors wishing to develop and demonstrate clinical interest in pain management and/or the pain component of training in anaethesia.
-International doctors wishing to develop their expertise in pain management.
-Osteopaths and chiropractors with an interest in pain management.

Employability
Combining academic excellence with UCL's reputation as London's global university and our strong links to industry, the prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Whether you wish to continue with patient care in the NHS or private sector, pursue doctoral research, or work in industry and innovation, this programme will equips students not only with the knowledge and skills but also the networking links and opportunities to take their career to the next level.

Why study this degree at UCL?

This exciting programme enables students to improve the lives of people living with pain. Beginning with the socio-economic impact and moving from acute to chronic pain states before arriving at more complex pain conditions and interventions, this programme develops the knowledge and core skills required of an advanced pain practitioner. With innovative modules on managing pain in the community and the world's first module on neuromodulation, students will be prepared to shape the future of pain management - anywhere in the world.

The programme is delivered flexibly at the student's own pace primarily via an online learning environment. Recognising that the subject matter is often academically and emotionally demanding, optional workshops with programme tutors are available on campus and via video conferencing. In addition, online small-group tutorials supplement the online learning content. This flexible design allows students from all over the country, and world, to share their experiences and learning styles to enrich each other academically. This is the only UK-based pain management degree offering a blended mode of delivery.

UCL and UCL Hospitals (UCLH) Pain Management Centre has an international reputation for both cutting-edge research and innovative clinical services. Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from global experts at an institution that consistently delivers world-class research output. Graduates can expect to be academically confident and ideally placed to pursue doctoral (PhD) level study in the field should they wish.

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