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

Course Description

The MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) is an inter-professional, e-learning course intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or a wish to specialise in the field of Pain Management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.

The aim is to help 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 inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.

Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) year first. Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Certificate, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip). Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Diploma, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma award or they can apply to undertake the MSc.

Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9am -5pm) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums.

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.

Distinctive features

Inter-professional plus e-learning
Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach.

Visit the Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cardiff University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Francis Marie (Clinical specialist physiotherapist)

Not only have I been able to study in pain management and progress my MSc level thinking, but studying for an MSc has opened up opportunities for me at work as well. In the last 7 months I have had a promotion at work and expanded my clinical skills and confidence greatly.

(Student Profile)

Christina Hambrook (Clinical nurse specialist)

The course, and the assignments themselves, allowed me to demonstrate how this new knowledge was being applied day to day to my clinical practice, bridging the theory-practice gap and benefiting patient care. I hope that the application of this new knowledge will have improved both patient outcome and satisfaction rates, both of which are audited on an on-going basis by the service that I work for.

By completing this course it has reinforced in me even more that I have chosen the right field of practice, which is community chronic pain management. It has also given me the confidence to continue with my academic study.


Cardiff University Masters Excellence Scholarships - No. of awards TBC

“This scholarship package will give high-calibre students the opportunity to study at a world-leading, research-intensive university and help ease the associated financial burdens.”Professor Colin Riordan, Vice-ChancellorWe are pleased to announce that the Taught Master's Excellence Scholarship Scheme for 2016/17 entry has been confirmed.We are committed to invest up to a total of £500,000 in this high value competitive scholarship scheme to support UK and EU students who are planning to start an eligible master's programme in September 2016.The scholarships are each worth a minimum of £3,000 and will be awarded in the form of a tuition fee discount.Scholarships will be awarded based on academic excellence.

Value of Scholarship(s)

min. £3000


Eligible programmes include taught full-time and part-time taught programmes leading to a master's. Not included are our distance learning programmes and taught programmes leading to a postgraduate certificate, postgraduate diploma, as well as research master's such as the MPhil and MRes.‘Home’ and ‘EU’ students only (as classified for fee paying purposes, tuition fee status is determined after submitting an application to study) who are accepted on to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master's degree, and with a firm focus on academic excellence.For applicants from countries outside the European Union, we also offer a range of highly prestigious international scholarships.

Application Procedure

We have two deadlines after which scholarship decisions will be made:6 April and 27 July 2016.The Masters Excellence Scholarship application form can be accessed once you have submitted an application to study to an eligible postgraduate taught programme leading to a master’s degree. Please note the additional details on our website and in the guidance documents provided.

Further Information


Entry Requirements

For entry requirements, please see: View Website

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