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Master of Medicine (Pain Management)

Speciality Classification
Medical Doctors
1 year full time / 2 years part time
the University of Sydney


In response to COVID-19, the University of Sydney has reviewed the availability of courses to be delivered remotely for students commencing their studies in Semester 1, 2021.

This course will be available to study remotely for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely.

Note: The University intends to offer as many units of study as possible in a remote as well as face-to-face learning method of delivery in Semester 1, 2021 and subject to ongoing border closures and public health orders impacting attendance on campus, in Semester 2, 2021. However, some units of study and courses require students to study in-person at the relevant University of Sydney campus/es and host locations for placements and will not be available remotely. 

About this course

The Master of Medicine (Pain Management) is an evidence-based and clinically relevant program that explores the problem of pain in the community and the role of health professionals in managing and treating a range of pain conditions.

100% online course delivery

This course is offered through our interactive online learning environment, giving you the flexibility to tailor your study schedule around your lifestyle.

All stream specific units are online. You may find however; a couple of electives do have a face-to-face component. These can be avoided depending on your individual preferences.  

Why study with us?

This program will provide you with knowledge and strategies to prevent acute and sub-acute pain from progressing to chronic and disabling pain, and refine your ability to work in a multidisciplinary team to achieve this goal.

You will learn from local and international academic clinicians and researchers including neuroscientists, anaesthetists, pharmacologists, clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, nurses, physiotherapists and research personnel, all widely experienced in pain management practice.

Developed and taught by Sydney Medical School's Pain Management Research Institute based at Royal North Shore Hospital and the Kolling Institute of Medical Research, this is the premier international program in pain management.

In 2014 the program was endorsed by the International Association for the Study of Pain, the leading international scientific body representing and supporting about 8000 pain scientists and clinicians around the world. 

Who should complete this course? 

Suitable for graduates in medicine, dentistry, psychology, nursing, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and other relevant health disciplines, this program is offered online and may be completed full time or part-time.

It is recognised for continuing medical education/maintenance of professional standards points by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists.

Course details

  • Faculty/University School: Faculty of Medicine and Health 
  • Credit points required: 48 
  • Course abbreviation: MMed(PainMgt) 
  • USyd code: MAMEPAMA3000 
  • UAC code: N/A 
  • Study mode: Online; Intensive 
  • Study type: PGCW 
  • Location: Camperdown/Darlington 
  • Duration full time: 1 year full time 
  • Duration part time: 2 years part time

What you'll study 

Students complete 48 credit points of coursework. The coursework comprises of:

  • 5 core units of study, including the capstone unit, and
  • 3 electives,

which are normally undertaken part-time over two years. This course is taught online.

Admission criteria

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Medicine (Pain Management) will hold a medical degree from the University of Sydney or an equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances the faculty may admit applicants without these qualifications who, in the opinion of the school, have qualifications and evidence of experience and achievement sufficient to successfully undertake the award.

Master of Medicine (Pain Management)
Speciality Classification
Provider Type
1 year full time / 2 years part time
End Date
CPD Points
Credit points required: 48
Price Details
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $31,500 (indicative only)
Tuition Fee for Domestic Students (Year 1): $31,500 (indicative only)
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