About This Masters Degree
Programme descriptionAs 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 including the biological and physiological concepts needed for the effective assessment and management of patients in pain.
Overall, students will gain the knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills to provide advanced clinical care so as to improve outcomes for patients.
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.
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 archived webinars.
Discussion boards 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 is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.
Online learningThe 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 structureWithin 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 DisordersIf 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 opportunitiesThere 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.
Clinical Management of Pain MSc/PgDip/PgCert
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An undergraduate degree, with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK), in medicine, nursing, dentistry, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacology or any other allied health care profession involved in the management of pain. Applications from those with non-university professional qualifications such as RGN with appropriate clinical experience will be considered on an individual basis.