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Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management)

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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.

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.

A limited number of Commonwealth Support Places (CSPs) are available for this course for Semester 1, 2018.  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.

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

Pathways

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

Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

Depends on your qualification, citizenship status

The details on this page based on your selections are a guide only, and are subject to change.

Your fee

How to apply

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.

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 requirements

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 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. Please be advised that statement of intent is a mandatory document for this program.

For 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.

Graduate opportunities

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

Indicative Postgraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Indicative Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee


The tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increase


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Postgraduate Students


The tuition fee for international postgraduate students is an indication only of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. 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.

Credit card surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard or American Express. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

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 so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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