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Pain Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

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.

The course is an e-learning, interprofessional course. The taught component introduces the student to the multifaceted nature of caring for patients who have pain. The modules provide the student with the ability to understand the biopsychosocial aspects of pain and to evaluate the various approaches to assessing and managing patients in pain. Professional issues, including clinical governance and interprofessional practice, will be covered.

Pathways are available to suit the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary care.

Some of the modules are core; others allow student choice. E-learning assessment strategies enable students to focus on their areas of interest and are structured to allow students to evaluate the topic in relation to their practice and professional base.

Forty places are offered each year and the majority of students are self-funded, though some obtain awards from charities and trusts. The course takes eighteen months for stage one (taught component) and a further six months for the dissertation.

There are no residential components in this course so there is no need to travel to Cardiff for course purposes.

Students will access the modules through the medium of Learning Central which is Cardiff University’s Virtual Learning Environment (or VLE) which delivers the course materials. This is accessible via all forms of computer (desk top / lap top / tablet), smart phones and ipads; via a dedicated Learning Central application (downloadable from the Apple App. Store).

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

(Student Profile)

Dr Mohd Yusof (Anaesthetist)

This course has subsequently advanced my interest in Pain Medicine and its associated topics including regional anaesthesia. Consequently, I have now passed the European Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia Part 1 (Written) and recently attempted Part 2 (Viva), in the hope that the knowledge gained in regional anaesthesia would further help my work in the course.

I am now pursuing a subspecialty career in Pain Medicine, and will be doing a Pain Fellowship in the East Midlands deanery commencing February 2016.


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

Suitable applicants should also:• Hold a UK higher education qualification, minimum of a BSc (Hons) or BA (Hons) grade 2:2 or above, from a UK institution; or hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above; or be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study • have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme• satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements

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