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Study pain management at Sydney

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Overview

The Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) provides advanced education in pain management for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management. This course is offered in the form of online distance education mode and you may complete the course full-time or part-time.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study with us? 

In 2014 the program was endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, the leading international scientific body representing and supporting about 8000 pain scientists and clinicians around the world. 

Currently, completely of the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) is the only recognised academic pathway to becoming a titled Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) Pain Physiotherapist. This is due to the way the course is uniquely mapped against the IASP interprofessioanl curriculum for the study of pain.

The course is also recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Please ensure your CV includes details of any relevant work or other experience. Please note that you cannot retain a CSP if you upgrade or downgrade to another course after enrolment.   

For further information please contact us at paineducation.admin@sydney.edu.au or call +61 2 9463 1516.

Subject areas

The Orofacial Pain Pathway is available to the Master of Medicine (Pain Management).

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your admission criteria

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission criteria’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) may be available for Semester 1 and Semester 2 each year. All applications for Semester 1 received by 30 January each year will be considered for available Semester 1 CSPs.  All applications for Semester 2 received by 30 June each year will be considered for available Semester 2 CSPs.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 11 February of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information. 

Standard closing dates:

Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year

Semester 2 - 30 June of the commencing year

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 1 (March) and Semester 2 (August)

What you'll study

To qualify for the award of the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) degree, students complete 48 credit points of coursework.

The coursework comprises:

  • 5 core units of study, including the capstone unit, and
  • 3 electives

which are normally undertaken part-time over two years.  This course is taught online.

Explore the Medicine and Health Postgraduate Handbook to learn more about what you will study as part of this degree:

Registered students are provided with a username and password that allows them to access a protected course website. The website provides study guides with lecture notes as well as extracts from relevant journals and text books. Interactive multimedia tutorials are also provided in some units of study.

Computer conferencing allows students and staff to maintain regular contact.

Students may also attend an optional two-week course held in February each year at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Assessment is by essays, case studies and online activities. Marks are also given for the contribution students make to online discussion.

Units of Study

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) will hold:

  • a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline with first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification; or
  • a bachelor's degree in a health-related discipline and completed a minimum of two years work equivalent to a first or second class honours bachelor's degree or pass a preliminary examination(s) as prescribed by the school.

In exceptional circumstances, the faculty may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award. Please be advised that a statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program.

For a statement of intent, please specify the reason(s) why you would like to apply for this program and how do you think it will be beneficial to you after completing the program.

Professional accreditation

The course is recognised for Continuing Medical Education/Maintenance of Professional Standards Program points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Career Pathways

The Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health care professionals and thus improve the services offered to patients in pain. This course is not a pathway to specialist qualification. However, it is acknowledged that the course provides an excellent preparation for the Fellowship exam of the Faculty of Pain Medicine, Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Domestic students

International students

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