Pain Management MSc

Team: Pain Management Team

The online Pain Management MSc provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma. Course Code: QMSP053

Next Intake: 2020 March

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive a Pain Management MSc.

The Pain Management MSc aims to create professionals who can independently access information and use the information to critically assess, evaluate and disseminate the evidence base related to pain management. The course will enable more healthcare professionals to have the required knowledge to treat patients. It will develop problem-solving and clinical skills together with preparing students to take a leadership role in pain management.

The one year MSc in Pain Management is available to those who have successfully completed the Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Pain Management MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

On completion of the MSc Pain Management course, you will be able to:

  • Extend the knowledge of research methods and application to practice at an MSc level.
  • Demonstrate an ability to use knowledge to adapt professional practice to meet the changing demands of healthcare systems.

Course Structure

Module Aims
  • To help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies in pain management research, thus developing leadership skills.
Module Content
  • Terminology used in epidemiology and research studies such as prevalence, incidence, sensitivity, specificity, false positive and false negatives.
  • Interpreting graphical representation of epidemiological and statistical data such as Kaplan-Meier Curves, Forrest Plots and Meta-analyses.
  • Calculations used in the assessment of research data such as relative risk, absolute risk, number needed to treat.
  • Basic statistical tests and their applications including t-Tests, ANOVA, Chi-Square.
  • Methodologies as applied to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary pain management research.
  • Principles of evidence-based practice and its application into the clinical setting.
  • Research into educational principles for both healthcare practitioner and patient.
  • Understanding what may work for the patient as well as the educator.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse and interpret research in pain management.
  2. Compare and contrast the different research methods in healthcare with an emphasis on pain management.
Module Aims
  • Develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
  • Critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
  • Develop skills in independent research and study.
  • Develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
Module Content

The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student’s practice. This project may comprise:

  • Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
  • Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
  • Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
  • Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
  • Case-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Produce an extensive piece of literature, which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication.
  2. Critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements for change.
  3. Incorporated knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Pain Management MSc will require successful completion of the Pain Management Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Pain Management MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in pain management. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

You will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.

To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


MSc payment deadline: 24th September

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