• Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • English
The MSc in the Clinical Management of Pain (Online Distance Learning) at The University of Edinburgh programme provides advanced pain management education for graduates in medicine, dentistry, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, psychology and other disciplines involved in pain management


As a multidimensional phenomenon, it is essential that pain is managed through multidisciplinary initiatives and inputs that aim to ease suffering and improve the quality of life for those living with pain.

Through a solid, theoretical understanding of the biological, psychological and social concepts that drive, develop and maintain pain, students will explore the multifaceted nature of pain and its effects. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the specialist area of pain management and will develop the core skills and knowledge required of an advanced pain practitioner.

Each course of the programme is divided into a set of themed sections in which material is presented in a blend of short online lectures, practical case studies, directed readings, podcasts and webinars. This is supplemented by discussion boards that provide directed assessment tasks while input from expert guest lecturers and tutors offer students opportunity for collaborative critical discourse and debate of current issues.

This Clinical Management of Pain (Online Distance Learning) programme at The University of Edinburgh attracts an international and multi-professional student cohort and offers a unique opportunity to have direct contact with others working in pain management across the world. Within this context, students will gain the knowledge, understanding and evaluative skills to provide advanced clinical care so as to improve outcomes for people living in pain.

This part-time, fully online programme will support the need for up-to-date knowledge, skills and theory in a wide variety of clinical areas in pain management.

This programme is affiliated with the University's Global Health Academy.

Career opportunities

There are many and diverse prospects for employment depending on where graduates want to work, the area of the world where they are currently based, and, previous experience and interest.

By combining academic excellence with the University of Edinburgh’s world-class reputation, graduates from our suite of programme are well placed to continue and advance their clinical careers within the NHS or other health services, pursue advanced academic study, or work in industry. Equally, graduates can expect to be academically confident and may choose to pursue academic careers in related fields.

Programme Structure

Courses Included

  • Pain - A Multidimensional Phenomenon
  • Assessment, Measurement and the Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology and its Relevance to Pain Management
  • Understanding the Pharmacological Management of Pain
  • Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management
  • Introduction to Pain Management in Practice

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      MSc: 3-6 years PgDip: 4 years PgCert: 2 years

  • Credits
    50 alternative credits
    • MSc: 180 credits
    • PgDip: 120 credits
    • PgCert: 60 credits
    • PgProfDev: 50 credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in medicine (MBChB or equivalent), nursing, dentistry, psychology, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, pharmacology or any other allied health care profession involved in the management of pain.

We will also consider your application if you have a professional qualification, such as RGN, with appropriate clinical experience.

English language requirements

All applicants must have one of the following qualifications as evidence of their English language ability:

  • PTE(A): total 61 (at least 56 in each of the "Communicative Skills" sections; the "Enabling Skills" sections are not considered)
  • Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa! (Unless that chair you're sitting on is in a foreign country...)

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    730 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 730 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    730 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 730 GBP per module and a duration of 24 months.
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Home / EU / Overseas

  • 10 credits £730
  • 20 credits £1,460
  • 60 credits £4,370


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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