Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)
The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.
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. 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.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- PAIN5001 - Introduction to Pain Management
- PAIN5002 - Pain Mechanisms and Contributors
- PAIN5003 - Pain Treatment and Management Principles
- PAIN5004 - Pain Conditions
- PAIN5005 - Orofacial Pain
- PAIN5006 - Independent Studies in Pain
- PAIN5010 - Clinical Aspects of Neurobiology
- PAIN5011 - Psychology of Pain
- PAIN5013 - Musculoskeletal Pain
- PAIN5014 - Cancer Pain
- PAIN5015 - Pharmacology of Pain Medicine
- PAIN5016 - Psychological Approaches in Pain Mgmt
- PAIN5017 - Disability and Pain Rehabilitation
- PAIN5018 - Pain in Children
- PAIN5019 - Pain in Older People
- PAIN5020 - Complementary Therapies: Pain Management
- PAIN5021 - Acute Pain
Further course information
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 four core units of study and four elective units of study which are normally undertaken part-time over two years. This course is taught via the Internet. Registered students are provided with a user name and password that allows them to access a protected course web site. 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 on-line discussion.
Course outcomes and further study
The Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) is designed and offered 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.
Outstanding graduates may be eligible to pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Philosophy and Master of Surgery (by research) offered by Sydney Medical School. A research degree provides students with the opportunity to prepare a substantial piece of work which represents a significant contribution in a particular field of study; and to gain transferable skills in general research methodology.
Sydney Medical School is affiliated with over 40 independent medical research institutes aimed at achieving medical firsts in specialist areas of health and medicine.
It provides an outstanding environment for postgraduate research. Sydney Medical School's research activities consistently attract high levels of funding from the Commonwealth and state governments, overseas funding agencies and other public and private sources.
Other study options
Sydney Medical School offers a wide range of short professional development courses for health professionals through its clinical schools, disciplines and associated research institutes.
Many of the courses offered are pre-accredited for Continuing Medical Education (CME) points, and other courses may be awarded CME points on request to your relevant association or professional body. For further information and a list of courses available please see the Sydney Medical School website http://sydney.edu.au/medicine/future-students/courses/short-courses.php
A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) will hold:
(a) 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
(b) a bachelor’s degree in a health-related discipline without first or second class honours from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification. Applicants must have completed 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 dean 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.
How to apply
How to apply
Applications are made directly to the University and assessed by the Faculty.
How to apply
Overseas applicants may apply (i) directly to the University, or (ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management).
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management).
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2013 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.