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:

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.

A postgraduate qualification is also often helpful in gaining promotion and applying for jobs. However, it is an academic qualification and without recognised clinical training it is not a means to obtaining specialist recognition. The program is approved for continuing education credits by a number of professional associations.

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 qualification. The two master's degrees offer the same course of study.

How do I apply to enrol into a degree program?

You can click on the postgraduate coursework degree program of interest (see above) and then click Apply Now. The documentation you will need is described below:

Full details on the process of how to apply, accept and enrol in degree programs offered at the University of Sydney is available here.

When are the application closing dates?

You can apply to start studying in the first or second semester of each year. Application closing dates for each semester are listed here.

What happens once I have applied?

Your application is then assessed by our course coordinator. Full details of the application process is available here.

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 Blackboard.

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 at least 15-20 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). There are no commonwealth supported places for this course.

What are my payment options?

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