Taught course

Pain Management (Primary and Community Care)

Cardiff University · School of Medicine

Entry requirements

Applicants should 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 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). Note: The School will also accept applications from applicants who can demonstrate equivalent skills that are sufficient to meet the demands of the programme of study in question. This will be determined and approved as such by the Head of School. Applicants should also have held for a minimum of two years a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme. Applicants must be working in a primary care setting. Applicants must satisfy the Cardiff University English Language Requirements. Applicants who do not meet the qualification criteria listed under the English language requirements in the above link should contact the course team to discuss whether alternative evidence of English language competence may be sufficient (e.g. evidence of successful completion of a first or subsequent degree entirely in the medium of English, for a minimum of one year).

Months of entry


Course content

Course Aims

The aim is to facilitate 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 interprofessional practice and pain management as a whole.

Course Description

The Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and Master of Science Degree in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any health care professional with an interest in and/or want to specialise in the field of pain management, within the area of Primary and Community Care.

Every applicant has to apply for the Certificate year first. Once they have completed and passed this, they can either choose to exit with the Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Diploma. The same applies for the Diploma to MSc.

Each course runs over a 9 month period. The Certificate course starts with a 2 week introductory period to enable to the student to familiarise themselves with the course and e-Learning. The course team offer support Mon – Friday (9-5) by email, telephone and online discussion boards/forums. The assessment methods are written assignments, online assessments (individual and group work). There are no residential components or written examinations to attend so there would be no need for you to travel to Cardiff University for course purposes.

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Information for international students

Please note: Students should have taken the IETLS no more than two years before the proposed date of entry to the University.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
27 months


distance learning
18 months


distance learning
9 months

Course contact details

Alex Payne / Sue Jenkins
+44 (0)29 2074 3215