Advanced Pain Management with Prescriptive Authority

University College Dublin

24 months
17070 EUR/year
10425 EUR/year
Tuition fee
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This Advanced Pain Management with Prescriptive Authority programme at University College Dublin was developed in collaboration with Mater Miserciordiae University Hospital (MMUH) and the specialist pain modules will be facilitated by Professor Laserina O’Connor and colleagues in the Department of Pain Medicine, MMUH.


The Advanced Pain Management with Prescriptive Authority programme at University College Dublin is about learning opportunities in the delivery of high quality pain care across a variety of multifaceted clinical contexts. The MSc has been developed in a spirit of partnership with a variety of health service providers, including pain experts.  The programme is also about the education and training of nurses/midwives for prescriptive authority in pain management at the point of qualification.

Learning outcomes

The American Society Pain Management Nursing (ASPMN) has awarded international affiliate to this programme. The Irish Pain Society (Chapter IASP) has provided a scholarship for the student with the highest academic achievement.

This programme is for nurses/midwives who wish to provide the highest quality of care by deepening and broadening their knowledge base in the field of pain management across communities. The MSc Advanced Pain Management with Prescriptive Authority programme builds on appropriate undergraduate level study to progress the student’s power of understanding for becoming more effectively, skillfully and humanely engaged in advanced pain practice across a variety of complex environments.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Leadership & Organisational Dynamics 
  • Pain Management 
  • Acute and Persistent Pain: Mechanisms to Treatment 
  • Advanced Health Assessment 
  • Holistic approaches:  Prescribing 
  • Context of Pres:  Prescribing 
  • Research Methods applied to Healthcare 
  • Advanced Clinical Pain Practicum 
  • Implementation Science & Researching Change in Own Organization
  • AR Dissertation 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Applications are assessed on a rolling basis and courses will close once they are filled.




110 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Be registered as a nurse or midwife on the live register with NMBI
  • Applicants must have acquired a level 8 academic award in health or allied health care discipline.
  • Applicants must be currently engaged in clinical practice with patients/clients.
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (within the past 5 years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed
  • Be in possession of competencies recognized at level 8 of the NQAI framework
  • Provide a signed Site declaration form for prescribing modules
  • Provide a site audit form for prescribing modules
  • Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor who will support the student in skills training

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17070 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17070 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    10425 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10425 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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