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Pain Management (Primary and Community Care)

These online modules provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) education for healthcare professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management within the primary and community care sector. They are also aimed at educationalists, to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain, to teach others from various disciplines.

All modules can be studied individually to contribute to your continuing professional development portfolio and as part of the MSc Pain Management (primary and community care).

Whilst the MSc programme was initially designed for Pharmacists and GPs with a special interest in pain in accordance with the Department of Health document, we welcome applicants from any health care profession in a primary care environment. We have a multi-professional, primary care based faculty to support other professionals.

Each standalone 20 credit Level 7 module runs once per academic year and is delivered entirely online via distance-learning. There are a variety of formative and summative assessment methods used, such as: written assignments, wiki development, blogs, MCQs, online group work, development of evidence-based recommendations for practice, and PowerPoint presentations.

Please refer to the MSc Pain Management (Primary and Community Care) course page for full details of each of the modules.

This module aims to provide the students with increased knowledge of the research process, evidence-based practice and statistics, to enable them to start critically evaluating, synthesising and reflecting on research evidence, to the primary/community care setting. Key to pain management within the primary and community setting is rigorous screening and assessment of actual or potential problematic pain and hence research skills will be taught using research from these areas.

This module is also available to study as part of the Pain Management (MET239) or Critical Care (MET250) cohort.


5 October 2020 - 11 January 2021 (This course will only run if the required numbers are met.)

This module aims to provide students with an evidence-based understanding of how to manage people living with long term pain and those presenting with acute pain in the context of primary and community care.

It considers the multidimensional nature of pain in order to examine and reflect on how that can inform appropriate pain management strategies - to assess, manage and evaluate pain. You will reflect on how this understanding can influence the selection of appropriate evidence-based pain management strategies. This will also allow you to reflect on why variations exist in pain management. The focus in this module is on understanding the multidimensional nature of pain, how that informs your management of patients with pain and the impact that the multidimensional aspects have on an individual’s experience of pain.


25 January - 19 April 2021 (This course will only run if the required numbers are met.)

We reserve the right to cancel the delivery of a standalone module. This could happen if a course is under-subscribed or if there is a change in circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have minimum student numbers required before they can run. This is to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered. When this happens we will issue a full or partial refund depending on whether any classes took place.

Entry requirements

In addition to satisfying the University’s minimum entry requirements, including English language requirements, applicants must:

  • hold a qualification in a relevant clinical subject
  • be currently working in a relevant clinical area with at least two years’ experience in the field.

Applicants who do not meet the above requirements should contact the Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team, School of Medicine for advice.

How to apply

Please contact our Postgraduate Taught Medical Admissions Team at  for details on how to apply.

Funding and fees

Please check our fees pages for tuition fees for these programmes.

Postgraduate Taught Admissions Team

School of Medicine