Pain Management MSc

Team: Pain Management Team
In partnership with: University of South Wales

The MSc in Pain Management course provides a progression route from the Postgraduate Diploma, designed for healthcare professionals interested in a leadership role within pain management. Course Code: QMSP053

Next Intake: 2019 Sept

Course Information

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

The MSc Pain Management course 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.

Entry to the one year MSc in Pain Management will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Our Pain Management MSc course has been developed for health professionals who are interested in a leadership role within pain management including Doctors, Nurses, Allied Health Professionals, Practice Nurses and those with equivalent professional qualifications and background experience.

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

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

Course Structure

Aim of the module:
  • 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
Synopsis of 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 inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary 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
On completion of this module the student should be able to demonstrate:
  1. Analyse and interpret research in pain management
  2. Compare and contrast the different research methods in healthcare with an emphasis on pain management
Aims of the module:
  • To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice
  • To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice
  • To develop skills in independent research and study
  • To develop skills relevant to scientific publications
Synopsis of 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(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal
  • Case report, review of literature and organisational assessment
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. produce an extensive piece of literature which may be suitable for peer-reviewed publication
  2. critically evaluate practice and suggest improvements or change
  3. Incorporated knowledge of the research process in developing services appropriately

Meet the Course Director

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Dr Tzvetanka Ivanova-Stoilova, MD PhD FRCA FFPMRCA
Current post: Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board

  • 40 years of experience in the field of pain management
  • Director of Pain Clinic/Consultant Anaesthetist
  • ABUHB lead for Interventional Pain Procedures
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine to the Royal College of Anesthetists
  • Clinical Teacher with Cardiff Medical School
  • Author of more than 60 peer-reviewed publications

I have always been involved in the teaching of pain medicine to anaesthetic trainees from the Welsh School of Anaesthesia. I am a lifelong learner and I truly believe that medical professionals should work together and learn from each other for the best outcome for our patients.


Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

MSc teaching methods for this module are similar to the Postgraduate Diploma course modules, however it is run over 12 weeks.

Module 2 - Professional Project

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.


Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year MSc Pain Management programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Master's in Pain Management as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

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

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B
Deposit payable on acceptance £650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st June 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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