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  • Objectives
    The Master of Science (MSc) Degree in Pain Management is an interprofessional, distance /e-learning course intended for health care professionals who want to specialise in the field of pain management. It is also aimed at educationalists to provide the appropriate knowledge and expertise on pain to teach others from various disciplines.

    The course is designed to achieve the following learning outcomes:

    * Develop a critical approach to pain management in the health setting;
    * Integrate knowledge of pain from different discipline areas such as the biological, psychological, sociological, pharmacological sciences;
    * Challenge traditional approaches to conceptualizing pain;
    * Challenge traditional treatments regarding pain;
    * Develop a multidisciplinary knowledge based on pain;
    * Encourage research activity to both consolidate and extend current theories, approaches and treatments regarding pain.
  • Entry requirements
    Entry Requirements:

    A candidate for the MSc in Critical Care must have held, for a minimum period of two years, a position of responsibility of relevance to the proposed programme and must satisfy the University that he, or she, is of the required academic standard to complete the course. Candidates should also hold a good Honours degree, usually at second class Honours level or above, or a non-UK qualification recognised by the University as being equivalent to this. Alternatively, candidates should have a non-graduate qualification which the University has deemed to be of a satisfactory standard for the purpose of postgraduate admission.

    English language requirements

    The University requires postgraduate students whose first language is NOT English to have one of the following:

    *
    an overall score of 6.5 in the British Council IETLS test, with a minimum score of 6.5 in the written module;
    *
    normally a grade of 580 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a grade of 237 or above in the computer-based test
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    a overall score of 90 or above in the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT)
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    A GCE or GCSE in English Language at Grade C or above
  • Academic Title
    Pain Management (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)
  • Course description
    Course Description:

    Pain is a multidimensional phenomenon and as such needs to be managed through multidisciplinary initiatives. These initiatives must be based on specialist knowledge, rigorous research and an advanced understanding of the physiological and behavioural concepts involved.

    The programme is two years part-time distance learning; students then have a further year in which to complete their dissertation. The course consists of eight modules over the twenty-four month taught period. The following modules will be studied:

        * Module 1: Research and statistics
        * Module 2: Physiology of pain
        * Module 3: Pharmacology of pain
        * Module 4: Behavioural science related to pain management
        * Module 5: Introduction to pain management
        * Module 6: Ethics
        * Module 7: Behavioural and other psychological approaches to pain management
        * Module 8: Physical therapy and pain management
        * Module 9 & 10: Options

    More detailed information is available from the course team. Students who achieve marks of 50% and abovefor the module assignments and at least a 50% pass in the dissertation will be awarded an MSc in Pain Management. For each year successfully completed, candidates may apply for 10 CPD points from the Royal College of Anaesthetists.

    In conjunction with the distance learning modules, there will be compulsory residential components where various teaching methods will be used to present practical and theoretical material to support the modules. The course fees cover these weekends. The 1 year (maximum) allocated for the dissertation does not incur a charge.

    Key-speakers at the residential components include: Dr Beverley Collett, Dr Kathy Stannard, Dr Paul Watson, Dr Charles Gauci, Dr Nick Allcock, Professor George Hall, Professor Aitkenhead, Dr Dave Counsell, Professor Bridgit Dimond, Bath Chronic Pain Management Team.

    Assessment

    Students will be expected to submit and pass:

        * Four 3,000-word assignments for the Postgraduate Certificate:
        * Eight 3,000-word assignments for the Postgraduate Diploma:
        * Completion of the Diploma and a 20,000-word dissertation for the Master of Science Degree.

    Special features:

        * Interprofessional, distance-learning programme; e-learning strategies are currently being incorporated to enhance student learning.
        * The MSc in Pain Management programme is designed to advance clinical practitioners in the field of pain management and can help towards role progression. An evidence-based approach to acute, chronic and palliative pain management is used.
        * The module assignments are structured in a way that can be answered from any discipline, or pain background. The syllabus adheres to the curriculum suggested by the International Association for the Study of Pain.
        * The first PgDip/MSc in Pain Management course to be developed

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