Keele University

Keele University

Pain Science and Management

This course provides students with a sound understanding of the physiology and pharmacology of pain, the psychosocial aspects of pain, and the assessment of pain. It also provides a thorough understanding of research methodology.

Entry requirements

The course is open to allied health professionals, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and psychologists interested in this field. Applicants should normally have a 1st or 2nd Class Honours degree (2.1 or 2.2) (or overseas equivalent) in a relevant subject or an equivalent professional qualification. In addition, registration with your professional council is strongly recommended; if this is not obtained then this will severely limit your choice of options since you will not be able to undertake practical clinical modules. All students must have 3rd party insurance for modules that involve practical skills. For students whose 1st language is not English, evidence will be required of successful completion of an English language qualification such as TOEFL (minimum 600) or IELTS (minimum 6.5 with at least 6 in each sub-test). All applications are assessed on an individual basis. Applicants should ensure that their personal statements identify why they wish to study this course.

Course modules

Core modules: research methods in health; evidence-based practice; physiology and pharmacology of pain; psychosocial aspects of pain; assessment and measurement. Option modules: introducing acupuncture; principles and practice of joint and soft tissue injection; motor control retraining of movement dysfunction; essentials of manual therapy for spinal dysfunction; essentials of manual therapy for peripheral joint dysfunction; musculoskeletal management at the interface; applied clinical anatomy 1; physiology of neuromusculoskeletal tissue; concepts of neurological rehabilitation; independent study; dynamic ultrasound imaging; performance stability; assistive technologies in neuromuscular rehabilitation; applied clinical anatomy 2.

Assessment methods

The programme is assessed by a variety of techniques chosen to reflect the aims and objectives and teaching methods of individual modules, for example: critical evaluation, paper review, seminar presentations, examination, the use of the virtual learning environment, and dissertation. The pass mark for all modules is 50 per cent.

Sponsorship information

Students are often wholly or partially funded by their employer; the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy offers some funding to graduate students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,800 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgCert Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,640 per Year 1 (England) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Keele Campus Keele ST5 5BG West Midlands

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Key information

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01782 734010