Pain Management - PgCert

Course Overview

The essential course information

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Part Time (1 year)
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work
City South

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You should study this course if you care about making a difference to those in your care. It will hone your skills providing you with the knowledge and understanding regarding management of the complex needs of patients in pain and improve the quality of pain management, whilst giving your career a boost.

As a multi-professional course it is relevant to all professionals working in pain management.

After studying at PG Cert level, senior experienced professionals will be better able to understand the broader issues involved that improve pain management within a variety of clinical settings.

If you are dyslexic, have a specific learning difference or a disability, we have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

Key Facts

The aim of the course is to:

  • Develop practitioners who are able to respond appropriately and be proactive in managing the care of the patient in pain with complex needs, in a variety of settings.
  • Enhance and expand the specialist knowledge and skills of practitioners in order for them to facilitate the development of pain management within the health care arena so as to improve care provision
  • Facilitate practitioners to critically analyse their own, and others, clinical practice in order to challenge established ideas and methods regarding pain and its management.
  • Promote a multi disciplinary team (MDT) approach to pain management in relation to relevant evidence based guidelines incorporating expertise from other specialist fields of practice.

Birmingham City University is close to my place of work and offered the freedom and flexibility of a minimal contact course which would minimise the impact to my job role.
This course…… will teach you to critically analyse how and why you are treating your patients and challenge previously conceived ideas and treatments” Student JE, 2012

Very supportive staff...Good central location”
Student AH, 2012

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally satisfy the general requirements of the programme, which are as follows:

  • Have a professional qualification and/or registration with the appropriate professional body
  • Possess either a degree or equivalent level qualification, or provide evidence of relevant experience to undertake the programme.

All offers are subject to references.

How to Apply

Please visit our Applying to a CPD Course pages.

Fees and Finance

Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2015 PT 1 year PgCert £620 per module
Sep 2015 PT 1 year PgCert NHS funded

The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.

New scholarships for 2015/16

Postgraduate Scholarships We’re aiming to make a postgraduate qualification affordable to everyone and can offer awards of up to £10,000 to selected students.

Find out more about scholarship opportunities for 2015/16

International Students

International Students at BCU

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Postgraduate Open Event

Our next Postgraduate Open Day is on Wednesday 22 April 2015 (2-7pm). Registration is now open – you can sign up at the foot of this page.

PG Open Evening

Our postgraduate open event offers you the chance to:

  • Meet with lecturers and other prospective students to discuss study options
  • Meet and chat with our current students
  • Obtain advice on fees and funding opportunities.

93 per cent of our graduates find work or further study within six months (DLHE). Explore your potential at our open evening.

Who is it for?

Whether you are coming to the end of your undergraduate studies, or have been in your job for a while and want to progress in your career or change direction, a postgraduate qualification gives you the opportunity to stand out from the crowd in a competitive market.

Our graduates are already shaping the world in a variety of high-profile roles – and you could be next. Read some of our inspiring case studies.

For more information, visit our Open Days page or call our Course Enquiries Team on +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Postgraduate Open Day - 22 April 2015

University Approach to Employability

Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.

Read our Employability Statement to find out more.

Employment Opportunities

The course equips you to further your career in the specialised field of pain management. Assessment methods such as poster presentations may be used to present at conferences etc.

Further Studies

Following completion of the PG Cert you can progress to MSc Programme.

Course Structure

Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert)

You will study four single modules (each with a credit rating of 15 MSc level credits).

Learning will be delivered via a combination of lead lectures, group/individual tutorial sessions and seminar presentations. You will also receive support from both clinical and academic staff.

Contact time

This consists of three days per module. Tutorial time is available on a weekly basis upon request.

There is a mixture of teaching with an increasing emphasis on student centred learning and the use of e-technology and self directed study.

How much study is involved?

30 hours contact time per module with an additional

120 hours of student centred study.

Course Modules

PG Cert
  • The Physiology of Pain and it’s Pharmacological Management
  • Pharmacological Management of Pain
  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Symptom Management of Palliative and End of Life Care

Any module can be taken from the Postgraduate Degree Scheme following discussion with the course directors and module leaders.

Students may also be able to APEL credits from previous study. For further information please contact our professional navigators Adele Millington and Nicola Clarke:

Assessment Methods

A variety of assessments are used throughout the course including reflective essays, seminar presentations, poster presentations, portfolios and case studies. The various assessments will allow you to explore, develop and progress your ideas related to pain management whilst enhancing your experience and aiding employability.


Prospective students from the UK
  • Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
  • If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
  • Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK


For an overview of our postgraduate courses and a range of other information please download our Postgraduate Prospectus (10Mb).

Further Information

Course Director:
Meriel Swann
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 7137