Taught course

Pain Management

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Suitable for healthcare professionals with an interest or practice base in acute, chronic and palliative pain management. 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 with relevant degree awarding powers as detailed by the Department of Education and Skills; OR Hold a non-UK qualification equivalent to CQFW credit level 6 or above as defined and detailed by the National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom (NARIC); OR Be able to demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question and be approved as such by the Head of School; AND satisfy any applicable University language competency requirements as detailed in the Cardiff University Senate regulations – please see the Cardiff University website Senate Regulations for further detail (briefly detailed below). PLEASE NOTE: all students enrolling for this programme must be in relevant paid employment, i.e. in a relevant clinical area. If you are unsure of the required detail of this specification please contact the programme team for advice.

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

The MSc Degree in Pain Management is an interprofessional, e-Learning course intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain to teach others from various disciplines.

The course is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop a critical approach to pain management in the health setting
  • Integrate knowledge of pain from different discipline areas such as the biological, psychological, sociological, pharmacological sciences
  • Challenge traditional approaches to conceptualising pain
  • Challenge traditional treatments regarding pain
  • Develop a multidisciplinary knowledge based on pain
  • Encourage research activity to both consolidate and extend current theories, approaches and treatments regarding pain

Special Features
  • Inter-professional plus e-Learning
  • The first PgDip/MSc in Pain Management course to be developed
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach
  • Pathways for primary, secondary and tertiary care
  • A new primary care pathway is available within the MSc Pain Management to reflect the move of chronic pain services closer to peoples’ homes and this is facilitated and managed by an inter-professional, expert primary care faculty including leading GPs with a Special Interest in pain within the UK

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Information for international students

The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is not English have an overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IETLS test

Fees and funding

The majority of students are self-funding.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
24 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
18 months

Course contact details

Sharron Heathcote
+44 (0)29 2074 3215