Post Graduate Course in Pain Medicine

General Objectives of the Course

1. Specialized training of Physicians in the field diagnosis, monitoring, intervention and therapeutic control of pain.
2. Contribute to improve quality of the care provided to pain relief and suffering as an answer to the increasing demands for providing care in this field of Pain Medicine.
3. Support and develop pain research activities in order to allow a better knowledge of the prevalence of chronic and acute pain in the Portuguese population.
The Post graduate course in Pain Medicine is organized by means of the European Credit Transfer System in accordance with Decree Law 42/2005, 22nd February; its duration is 2 semesters and it has a total of 60 ECTS.
Scientific fields: Anatomy, Physiology, Physiopathology, Biochemistry, Biology and Epidemiology, Research, Ethics and Legislation, Pharmacology and Pain Clinical Therapeutic, Taxonomy/Classification, Painful Syndromes and Meditation.
Modules and internship.

Admission Requirements

Holders of a Bachelor’s Degree, an Integrated Master’s Degree or a legally equivalent qualification in the fields of Medicine, preferably specialists or interns in Anesthesiology, Medical Oncology, Intern Medicine, Rheumatology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
After curricular appraisal by the Scientific Council may exceptionally be given priority to admission, enrolment and registration of physicians from other medical specializations

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Professional Goals

This course privileges an acquisition of knowledge, competences and skills of “know-how”, evolving from basic science to clinical science and approaching the most relevant pathologies/syndromes. Furthermore, it allows the clinician to implement laboratorial and clinical fields.
The subjects included in the curricular units are required to obtain the competences which are intended to achieve with this post graduate training in Pain Medicine, in accordance with the Core Curriculum for Professional Education in Pain and with admission criteria to the competence in Pain Medicine ruled by Portugal’s Medical Association, that is, specialized training of professional physicians in the field of Pain Medicine.

Mode of Study

The course is delivered in full time or part time attendance and daytime schedule, after working hours.

Teaching / Evaluation language(s)


Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading

As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.

Course Coordinator(s)

Marilia Assunção Rodrigues Ferreira Dourado

Recognition of Prior Learning

The provisions of article 45 in the Decree Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, with the words of Decree Law no.107/2008, 25th June shall apply.

Qualification Requirements and Regulations

The legal framework for the qualification is established by the decrees: Decree-Law no. 74/2006, 24th March, amended and republished by the decree: DL no 107/2008, 25th June; Ordinance no. 782/2009, 23rd de July.

Graduation Requirements

This course duration is 1 year– 60 ECTS.
The semesters consist of a teaching component in the form of theoretical classes and theoretical and practical classes, with mandatory attendance that might be organized into modules.
It is included a laboratorial practice component, organized into modules.
This course structure includes also an internship in hospital pain units/appointments, with the admission criteria to the competence in Pain Medicine ruled by Portugal’s Medical Association

Access to Further Studies

This Post Graduate Course in Pain Medicine does not grant a degree, but it allows students to have access to a higher level training, namely 2nd cycle studies (Master’s Degree).

Study Programme

Post-graduation in Pain Medicine

Academic year

Course Type
Non Degree Course

DGES Code: 3597

Qualification Awarded: Diploma/Certificate

Duration: 2 Semester(s)

ECTS Credits: 60.0

Price : 1500.0


Call for Applications (only in portuguese)


1st Semester
Start date: 12-09-2016
End date: 22-12-2016
2nd Semester
Start date: 06-02-2017
End date: 31-05-2017