Short courses

Postgraduate and Short Courses in Pain Management

What are the options for studying pain management?

The program is offered at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma, and master’s degree levels. More information on admission requirements, study unit subjects and fees can be found here:

You can also choose to complete individual units of study for professional development by enrolling as a non-scholarship student. This will allow you to count the credit earned as a result of successfully completing a unit of study towards one of our degrees, provided it is claimed within two years of completing the unit of study .

How will this help my career?

Many former students said the degree increased their enjoyment and job satisfaction by increasing their understanding and confidence for clinical work and teaching.

Our program is approved for continuing education and professional development credits by a number of professional associations. Learn more about professional recognition here.

A postgraduate degree is also often very useful for getting promoted and applying for jobs. It should be noted that this is an academic qualification and without recognized clinical training it is not a means of gaining specialist recognition. It is, however, an ideal step to prepare for undertaking specialist training in anesthesia, pain medicine, intensive care, general medicine, rheumatology and other medical fields caring for patients with pain.

What study units are offered?

You can read the descriptions of our study units and their assessment requirements here.

What is the difference between a Master of Medicine and a Master of Science in Medicine?

A Master of Medicine (Pain Management) is open to applicants with a medical degree. The Master of Science in Medicine (Pain Management) is open to applicants with a non-medical qualification in the healthcare field. Both masters offer the same curriculum.

What are the closing dates for applications?

You can apply to start your studies in the first or second semester of each year. Applications to start studies in semester 1 close on February 11 of each year. Applications to start studies in semester 2 on July 15 of each year.

What happens after I apply?

The university admissions office will send you formal notification of the outcome of your application via email. Your application is assessed by both the admissions office and the faculty.

If successful, the University will send you an “unconditional” or “conditional” offer by email. An “unconditional” offer means that your application is complete and you can now accept your offer online. If you receive a “conditional offer”, you will be required to provide additional information to meet the conditions stated on your offer.

Should I take lessons?

No, there are no face-to-face lessons. The program is completed entirely online using the University’s Canvas learning management system.

How much study time is needed?

It varies from person to person. During the semester, most people taking two units of study must devote 20 hours per week to reading, online activities, and assessment tasks.

Alternatively, you can choose to study in what is called “slow progression”, which means completing only one unit per semester (see below).

Can I study only one unit per semester?

Yes, you can study one unit per semester. This is particularly suitable for people who also work full time and/or with significant time commitments.

You can choose to return to part-time study mode (two units per semester) in subsequent semesters. After accepting an enrollment offer letter, you will simply enroll in one unit in your next semester.

What are the fees for your study programs?

Indicative fee information for domestic and international students is listed on each course page.

What are my payment options?

You can choose to pay in advance or eligible Australian students can defer payment using the government’s FEE-HELP scheme. More information is available here.