Postgraduate Degree - FAQs

Do you have questions about our postgraduate coursework degree programs? You may find answers to some of the more frequently asked questions here.

What options are there to study Pain Management?

The program is offered at graduate certificate, graduate diploma and master's degree level. More information about admission requirements, unit of study topics and fees are available here:

You can also choose to complete single units of study for professional development by enrolling as a non-award student. This will allow you to count the credit obtained from the successful completion of a unit of study towards one of our degrees, as long as it is claimed within two years of completing the unit of study.

How will this help my career?

Many past students have stated that the degree increased their enjoyment and satisfaction at work by increasing their understanding and confidence for both clinical work and teaching.

Our program is approved for continuing education and professional development credits by a number of professional associations. See more about professional recognition here.

A postgraduate qualification is also often very helpful in gaining promotion and applying for jobs. It should be noted that it is an academic qualification and without recognised clinical training it is not a means to obtaining specialist recognition. It is however, an ideal step in preparing to undertake specialist training in Anaesthetics, Pain Medicine, Critical Care, General Practice, Rheumatology and other medical fields managing patients in pain.

What units of study are offered?

You can read descriptions of our units of study and their assessment requirements here.

What is the difference between a Masters of Medicine and a Masters of Science in Medicine?

A Masters of Medicine (Pain Management) is open to applicants who hold a medical qualification. The Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) is open to applicants who hold a non-medical health field qualification. The two master's degrees offer the same course of study.

When are the application closing dates?

You can apply to start studying in the first or second semester of each year. Applications to commence study in Semester 1 close on February 20 of each year. Applications to commence study in Semester 2 on July 8 of each year.

What happens once I have applied?

The University Admissions Office will send you formal notification of the result of your application via email. Your application is assessed by both the Admissions Office and Faculty.

If successful, the University will send you an ‘unconditional’ or ‘conditional’ offer via email. An ‘unconditional’ offer means that your application is complete and you can now accept your offer online. If you receive a ‘conditional offer’ you will need to provide further information to meet the conditions stated on your offer.

Do I have to attend classes?

No, there are no face-to-face classes. The program is completed entirely online using the University's learning management system Canvas.

How much study time is needed?

This varies from person to person. During the semester, most people doing two units of study need to devote 20 hours per week to complete the reading, online activities and assessment tasks.

Alternatively, you can choose to study at what is called "slow progression" which means completing just one unit per semester (see below).

Can I study just one unit per semester?

Yes, you can study one unit per semester. This is particularly suitable for people who are also working full-time and/or with significant time commitments.

You can choose to change back to part-time study mode (two units per semester) in subsequent semesters. After you have accepted a letter of offer of enrolment, you would just enrol in one unit in your upcoming semester.

What are the fees for your degree programs?

Fees for domestic and international students are listed on the degree program information website (see here).

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for the Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) course for Semester 1, 2018 only. To be considered for a CSP you must apply for entry to the course by 12 January 2018 and places will be allocated based on merit. 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. There are no CSP places available for Semester 2.

What are my payment options?

You can choose to pay up-front or eligible Australian students can defer payment using the government's FEE-HELP program. More information is available here.

What units of study should I enrol in for my first semester?

In their first semester of study, part-time students will normally enrol in two core units only:

  • PAIN5001 – Introduction to Pain Management (Semester 1 or Semester 2)
  • PAIN5002 – Pain Mechanisms and Contributors (Semester 1 or Semester 2)

In their second semester of study, part-time students will normally enrol in two core units only:

  • PAIN5003 – Principles of Treatment and Management (Semester 1 or Semester 2)
  • PAIN5004 – Pain Conditions (Semester 1 or Semester 2)

From 2018, all core units (PAIN5001-5004) are taught as full semester units. They will no longer be offered in intensive mode.

Elective units (PAIN5005-PAIN5021) are selected after completing the four core units PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004.

PAIN5006 is a required unit for Masters level students and can be completed after PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004 have been successfully completed.