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Pain Management & Research Centre

Douglas Building, Royal North Shore Hospital

Reserve Road, St Leonards

T: +61 (0)2 9463 1500

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Education & Training

Postgraduate Degree Program: Course Structure


All participants must complete four core units (PAIN5001, PAIN5002, PAIN5003 and PAIN5004) that comprise the Graduate Certificate in Pain Management. These core units of study introduce students to the key concepts and principles underlying the mechanisms and management of pain.

Continuing students are then able to choose from a range of elective subjects, providing an opportunity to study areas of interest in more depth.




Students normally undertake these programs in a part-time study mode which means studying two units per semester. This is strongly recommended for professionals who are also working in addition to study.

Slow progression, or studying one unit per semester, is also available to assist students who may wish to reduce their workload and take longer to complete their award. 

All units of study are completed online.




The Graduate Studies in Pain Management program is a three stage Masters course, with the option of entry and exit at the level of Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma, and Masters.

Course Award

Total Study Units

Total Credit Points

Graduate Certificate

Graduate Diploma


4 core units

4 core units + 2 electives

4 core units + 4 electives





The Graduate Certificate provides a foundational core knowledge base for practitioners who work with complex pain problems. The certificate comprises 24 credit points of coursework and is normally completed in one year of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.




The Graduate Diploma builds on the Graduate Certificate and involves the study of 2 elective units of study (an additional 12 credit points). The Graduate Diploma is an excellent option for students who do not want to commit to a full master’s, but still need a solid grounding in pain management. The elective units offer students an opportunity to tailor study to meet their professional needs and interests.A total of 36 credit points of coursework is required for this award and can be completed in one and a half years of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.




Masters programs are ideal for graduates who need specialised knowledge and skills that will help them take the next step in their career and to develop further professional expertise.The Masters degree is fully articulated with the Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. This means that any coursework undertaken for the Graduate Certificate may be counted towards credit points required for the Graduate Diploma. Similarly, coursework undertaken for the Graduate Diploma may be counted towards credit points required for the Masters.The Masters comprises 48 credit points of coursework and can be completed in two years of part-time study at the normal rate of progression.




In each unit of study students complete summative (formal) assessments which are generally comprised of a mix of essays, online quizzes, case studies or literature critiques. A percentage of the total mark for each unit is also awarded to students for contributions to online discussion.A number of formative (informal) assessments and activities, such as online quizzes and learning activities, are also included in some units of study. These assessments and activities are designed to provide students with support and feedback as they work through the unit content and learning materials.