This specialist programme is aimed at clinical professionals from all backgrounds involved in the delivery of integrated pain services in primary or secondary care. Combining cutting-edge research with an international reputation for clinical excellence, the UCL Pain Management MSc is ideal for anyone wanting to improve the lives of people living with persistent pain while also accelerating their own career.
A minimum of a second-class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Applicants should also be registered/licensed healthcare professionals with a demonstrable interest in pain management.
English language requirements
If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.
The English language level for this programme is: Standard
About this degree
Students will learn:
- Research methods and ethical principles underpinning pain research
- Health economics and social impact of pain
- Clinical governance of pain services
- Pathophysiology of pain
- Pharmacology of pain and therapeutics
- Managing pain in cancer patients including post-chemotherapy pain
- Management of a headache and abdominopelvic/urogenital pain
- Managing pain in children and adolescents
- Strategies for the self-management of pain
- Neuromodulation for chronic pain
- Pain management with mental health, substance misuse and multiple morbidities
- Community pain management strategies
MSc students complete a 180 credit programme: eight core modules (120 credits), and a research dissertation (60 credits).
Eight core modules are taken in sequence over 2 years.
The research project is commenced at the start of the 2nd year.
A Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits, eight core modules) is offered.
A Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits, four core modules) is offered.
- Introduction to Pain: Economics, Evidence Delivery (15 credits)
- Acute Pain (15 credits)
- Chronic Pain (15 credits)
- Pain in Cancer Patients (15 credits)
- A headache, Paediatric Pain & Abdominopelvic Pain (15 credits)
- Strategies for the Self-Management of Pain (15 credits)
- Neuromodulation (15 credits)
- Pain in the Community (15 credits)
There are no optional modules for this programme.
Successful completion of the MSc requires a 5,000 to an 8,000-word dissertation on a topic that is relevant to the candidate's own clinical practice and has been covered, at least superficially, at some point in the programme. The options for the dissertation will be discussed with each student but can include, where possible, joining clinical research at the UCLH Pain Management Centre, study in-depth of topics, preparing for higher (doctoral) research, etc. Students will have both clinical and academic supervisors.
Teaching and learning
This programme is delivered via a specially-designed online learning environment with additional workshops and discussions to support students on the journey towards making a real difference for people living with pain.
Assessment is based on reflective practice, video presentation, and short written assignments.
Clinical placement is not a required component of the programme. However, for students wishing to see the practice in the UK or specialist pain management practice at UCLH, short clinical placements can be arranged. Placements can be undertaken in Year 2 and forward planning with course faculty is advisable to ensure you can make the most of the experience.
Clinical placement does not impact grades.
Depending on the activities planned during a clinical placement, an additional fee may be payable. This can be discussed with the faculty at the time of planning.
This programme is the ideal solution for:
- Nurses and allied health professionals wishing to pursue senior (Band 7+) roles in the NHS
- General practitioners involved in the delivery of integrated community pain services
- Junior doctors wishing to develop and demonstrate a clinical interest in pain management and/or the pain component of training in anaesthesia
- International doctors wishing to develop their expertise in pain management
- Osteopaths and chiropractors with an interest in pain management.
Combining academic excellence with UCL's reputation as London's global university and our strong links to industry, the prospects for graduates of this programme are excellent. Whether you wish to continue with patient care in the NHS or private sector, pursue doctoral research, or work in industry and innovation, this programme will equip students not only with the knowledge and skills but also the networking links and research experience to take their career to the next level.
Why study this degree at UCL?
This exciting programme will provide graduates with the knowledge and opportunities to accelerate their careers in pain management. This is ideal for anyone pursuing a senior clinical position, health management role, or research and development or industry career.
Beginning with the socio-economic impact and moving from acute to chronic pain states before arriving at more complex pain conditions and interventions, this programme develops the knowledge and core skills required of an advanced pain practitioner.
This programme offers unique learning opportunities:
- Research-led material from UCLH's internationally renowned experts on headache and abdominopelvic pain.
- Innovative content on managing pain in the community.
- World's first module on Neuromodulation from the basic science to post-implantation care.
- World-class expertise on the management of pain in cancer patients and survivors.
The programme is delivered via a specially-designed online learning environment. Recognising that the subject matter is often academically and emotionally demanding, optional workshops with programme tutors are available at the Bloomsbury campus and via video conferencing. In addition, online small-group tutorials supplement the online learning content.
Our flexible design allows students from all over the country, and the world, to share their experiences and learning styles to enrich each other's academic experience. This is the only UK-based pain management degree offering students the choice of fully online or blended delivery.
UCL and UCL Hospitals (UCLH) Pain Management Centre has an international reputation for both cutting-edge research and innovative clinical services. Students on this programme will benefit from teaching from global experts at an institution that consistently delivers world-class research output. Graduates can expect to be academically confident and ideally placed to pursue doctoral (PhD) level study with UCL upon completion.
Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.
There is an application processing fee for this programme of £75 for online applications and £100 for paper applications. More details about the application fee can be found at www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-students/graduate/taught/application.
Who can apply?
This programme is ideal for any professional hoping to advance their career in pain management including:
- Occupational therapists
- General Practitioners
- Junior Doctors