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Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) (MSc)

These are interprofessional, e-Learning courses intended for any healthcare professional who has an interest in and/or wants to specialise in the field of pain management in primary and community care.

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 aim of this programme is to help 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 inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.

Every applicant has to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) year first. Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Certificate, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Certificate award or they can apply to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip). Once they have completed and passed the Postgraduate Diploma, they can either choose to exit with the Postgraduate Diploma award or they can apply to undertake the MSc.

Each course runs over nine months. The Postgraduate Certificate course starts with a two-week introductory period to enable you to familiarise yourself with the course and e-learning. The course team offer support Monday – Friday (9am -5pm) by email, telephone, video calls and online discussion boards/forums.

Distinctive features

  • Flexible, inter-professional learning
  • Online delivery enables you to balance your studies with your professional responsibilities
  • Emphasis on a biopsychosocial approach

Key facts

Next intakeOctober 2020
Duration3 years
QualificationMSc
ModePart-time - distance learning
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Admissions criteria

In addition to satisfying the University’s general entrance requirement, including English language requirements, applicants must have been awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) from Cardiff University not more than three years prior to the year they are intending to start the MSc.

AND

  • The applicant must be working in a clinical area that is relevant to programme they are undertaking. (During their studies, if the student's relevant clinical employment ceases or where they are unable to attend work in the necessary clinical setting for any period of time (exceeding 3 months), then they are required to notify the programme team immediately in order that appropriate arrangements can be made. In the case of temporary absence but continued relevant clinical employment, leave of absence (Interruption of Studies) and/or extensions shall be considered. In the event that a student's relevant clinical employment ceases then the University reserves the right to withdraw the student from the programme. Please refer to the University regulations on 'Fitness to Practise’ for further information.)

Find out more about English language requirements.

Applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK must present an acceptable English language qualification in order to meet UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) requirements

All students must register initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (Pg Cert) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care), then progress to the Postgraduate Diploma (Pg Dip) in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

Subsequent entry to the MSc (dissertation stage) is dependent upon successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma and competitive selection.

There are two stages to the Postgraduate Diploma course: T1, the first taught stage, and T2, second taught stage. 

  • Stage T1

This stage lasts for nine months and consists of three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7.

  • Stage T2

This stage lasts for nine months and consists of a further three 20-credit modules totalling 60 credits, at Level 7, to give a combined total for stages T1 & T2 of 120 credits.

You may leave the course with a Postgraduate Certificate, after completing 60 credits in stage T1.

The MSc consists of one further stage – stage R (research dissertation).

Stage R continues for a further nine months after the Postgraduate Diploma, making a total of 27 months for the full MSc (stages T1, T2 from Postgraduate Diploma and MSc stage R), and includes a 20,000-word dissertation of 60 credits at Level 7, to achieve a total of at least 180 credits at Level 7 to complete the MSc programme.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2020.

Year one

Year two

Year three

Module titleModule codeCredits
DissertationMET29560 credits
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.

How will I be taught?

A wide range of teaching and learning styles are used throughout the course, which are delivered via e-learning format through Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central. The course consists of a number of compulsory modules and sub-topics where the student has a choice. A variety of media is used to deliver the content:

  • Written modules
  • Voice over PowerPoint presentations
  • Talking heads
  • Video presentations
  • Interactive modules.

Dissertation topics are chosen by the student, but have to be approved by the programme team, on behalf of the chair of the postgraduate taught Board of The dissertation stage will largely consist of guided independent study and an option to undertake research, making use of the extensive learning and research facilities available.  A formative module on Research Methods will be delivered online..

How will I be supported?

The taught modules of the course are delivered entirely as distance-learning via Cardiff University’s virtual learning environment (VLE) Learning Central, where you will find course materials, links to related materials, assessments and discussion boards.

Group and individual video tutorials are available to support you throughout your studies.

Students are encouraged to make regular contribution through the discussion boards on Learning Central, where they will be supported by the programme team and a panel of experts. Students will be able to plan and reflect on their learning through their own personal blog.

You will be allocated a personal supervisor during the dissertation period. They will give written feedback on dissertation drafts and provide you with the opportunity to discuss any queries you may have.

Feedback

Formative feedback will be communicated to the students through electronic and written means in a timely manner. Summative feedback on assessment will be provided in the same way and delivered within the timeframe set by the University.
 

How will I be assessed?

The MSc dissertation stage will be wholly assessed based on the final dissertation. 

The dissertation is worth 60 credits and, in combination with the postgraduate diploma taught stage(s), is weighted 50% for the purpose of calculating the final mark:

Stage Weighting

  • Taught modules (stages T1 and T2) - 50%
  • Dissertation (stage R) - 50%.

What skills will I practise and develop?

By fully engaging in this course, you will have the opportunity to develop a wealth of skills and abilities you can apply to any professional setting.  In addition to greater conceptual understanding of current knowledge, issues and methods, you will practise and develop abilities in critical analysis, the application of evidence based medicine and in dealing with complex issues systematically and creatively. Your studies should also help you develop your problem-solving and decision-making abilities by enabling you to utilise evidence effectively and communicate important concepts to colleagues and others. Through the research focused elements you will have the opportunity to develop and enhance skills in literature review, critical evaluation, research design, research methodologies, data collection, data analysis and research principles.

The course aims 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 inter-professional practice and pain management as a whole.

After fully engaging in the course, you should have:

  • Developed a critical approach to pain management in primary care and community setting.
  • Integrated knowledge of pain from different disciplines in order to approach pain management from a multidimensional perspective, reflecting on the complexities of managing pain outside a secondary or tertiary care setting.
  • Challenged traditional approaches to conceptualising pain in primary care and community setting.
  • Examined current practice and evaluated traditional methods and attitudes to pain and its management commencing with rigorous screening and assessment in primary and community care, reflecting on the management approaches within this setting and when referral is required.
  • Developed an inter-professional knowledge base of pain to support any educational initiatives.
  • Consolidated and considered extending current practice through research activities.

As a graduate of the MSc you will also be able to demonstrate their ability to undertake a piece of research, an audit, or a critical review of an aspect of clinical practice.

This programme is aimed at those who have completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care).

It is particularly suitable for those who wish to improve their knowledge of pain management in order to help improve patient care, in the primary and community care setting. Successful completion of this programme will add value to your CV. Graduates have reported that it led directly to new job opportunities in pain management.

“Following the completion of this course, a vacancy was advertised locally with the local community pain team. Completing this course gave me the confidence, knowledge, skills and experience needed to apply for this more advanced role (chronic pain management service) and I am pleased to report that I was successful at interview.”

Christina, MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) graduate, 2017

Following the completion of this course, a vacancy was advertised locally with the local community pain team. Completing this course gave me the confidence, knowledge, skills and experience needed to apply for this more advanced role and I am pleased to report that I was successful at interview.

Christina, MSc in Pain Management (Primary and Community Care), 2017

Tuition fees

UK and EU students (2020/21)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£4,850£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

EU students entering in 2019/20 will pay the same tuition fee as UK students for the duration of their course. Please be aware that fees may increase annually in line with inflation. No decisions regarding fees and loans for EU students starting in 2020/21 have been made yet. These will be determined as part of the UK's discussions on its membership of the EU and we will provide further details as soon as we can.

Students from outside the EU (2020/21)

Tuition feeDepositNotes
£7,850£1,000

More information about tuition fees and deposits, including for part-time and continuing students.

Will I need any specific equipment to study this course/programme?

You will need a reliable computer with high speed Internet access (and up-to-date virus and malware protection) and appropriate software.