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Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Pain Management

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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas


    Nursing & Health

  • Start Date

    September, March

  • Course Duration

    1 year

  • Course Type

    MSc, PgDip

  • Course Fees

    £3900 - pay your deposit of £180 within 7 days of being accepted onto the course and save £180 off the balance of your course fees. Payment plans are available to spread the cost of studying.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2018

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Online Postgraduate Courses in Pain Management

Diploma MSc is an award-winning provider of online medical education for Postgraduate Diploma and Masters courses. Our Postgraduate Diploma and Masters course in Pain Management are offered in conjunction with our partner, the University of South Wales, who have developed a strong reputation for delivering innovative learning.

There are a large number and range of conditions associated with pain, and pain management (both acute and chronic) is a major challenge for the National Health Service (NHS). In the UK back pain is the number one chronic pain condition and the greatest cause of sick days taken from work.

Due to advancing technology and understanding of physical illness, life expectancy is increasing every year. With that there is also an increase in the number of debilitating pain-centred conditions, which place an enormous financial burden on the NHS and for those patients (and their health insurance companies) seeking privately funded care.

Our Postgraduate Diploma and MSc in Pain Management are the shortest and fastest route to these qualifications. The courses cover the wide range of conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of primary and secondary healthcare professionals.

This practical Postgraduate Diploma and MSc will focus on direct application to current topics, case studies and processes relevant to the student’s own remit and country of practice. The courses explore inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management and service provision.

Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management

Having a specialist knowledge in Pain Management is an increasingly important asset and extra responsibility of medical personnel. Our online 1 year Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management covers the wide range of the conditions pertinent to pain management and meets the educational needs of both primary and secondary healthcare professionals. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises 6 modules of 20 credits each.

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the care of patients in Pain Management
  • Critically evaluate current research in inter-disciplinary & multi-disciplinary Pain Management
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of self-care promotion for acute and chronic pain
  • Deliver management strategies for the investigation and treatment of patients with pain conditions

Course Structure

The online course lasts one calendar year and consists of 6 modules per year, each of 6 weeks duration:

  1. Mechanisms of pain
  2. Types of pain
  3. Principles of pain assessment and management
  4. Multi-disciplinary approaches to pain management
  5. Pain in specified populations
  6. Inter disciplinary service provision


The course puts assessment at the heart of learning by using clinical scenarios to facilitate problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. The scenarios act as both the focus for learning and assessment thus embedding assessment within the learning process.

Each of the 6 modules has the same assessment format. Due to the online nature of the course, students are expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module (ideally on a daily basis).

Students are split into groups of 10-15 students and are assigned a dedicated expert tutor who:

  • Facilitates clinical case discussions with the group.
  • Monitors, assesses and marks each student throughout the module.

Students use the skills gained during the lectures to engage with the different activities:

  • Clinical case scenarios with case based discussion - 40%
  • Case based examination - 30%
  • Group/individual activity - 20%
  • Individual learning portfolio - 10%

MSc in Pain Management

The MSc Pain Management course aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to Pain Management. The course will enable more health care professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in Pain Management.

Entry to the 1 year Msc in Pain Management will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Pain Management Masters of Science course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within Pain Management including Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

The MSc Pain Management course is the only one of its title that is accessible online, and is not offered by any other institution. On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Extend the knowledge of research methods and application to practice at MSc level
  • Demonstrate an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of health care systems

Course Structure and Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal: MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the PG Diploma course modules however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project: To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1500 words).

Once approved, the professional project (10,500 words) is then completed through online guidance and supervision by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the 1 year MSc Pain Management programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Masters in Pain Management as a two-year course consisting of 8 modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Visit the Postgraduate Diploma / MSc in Pain Management page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!





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