Postgraduate course

Pain physiology

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeMANT301A
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageNorwegian
  • Resources

Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring (first semester)

Objectives and Content


The course gives the student a depth knowledge in pain mechanisms related to the development of painful conditions and how both acute and long-lasting pain may be treated.


The subject is presented as lectures, groupe work and demonstrations related to the physiology of pain and how pain may be modulated (increased or decreased). The integration of pain knowledge/pain physiology to clinical work and the patient`s experience of pain will be emphasized. Several tools used in assessment of pain will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

The students should be able to explain and discuss

- nociceptor function and sensory tracts

- pain from muscles

- pain modulation mechanisms: peripheral and central

- main transmitter substances and receptors

- experience of pain, and coping strategies

- autonomic reactions from pain, and changes in function and morphology in the nervous system due to acute and long-lasting pain

- pain modulation related to therapeutic measures

- categorization of pain mechanism related to different pathological conditions, as neuropathic pain, dysfunctional pain, radicular pain and radiating pain

The student

- should be able to obtain and analyze relevant clinical information from the patient's medical history and examinations. Based on patient information, the student should be able to adapt appropriate treatment measures.

General competence:
The student

- can analyze relevant subject, occupational and research ethical issues related to individuals and society

- can communicate theoretical issues, analyses and insights in the field with both researcher and the general public

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

Lectures, groupe work, practical demonstration and self-study.

The 5 credits correspond to a workload of about 3 weeks work, รก 40 hours, including lectures, demonstrations, preliminary and supplementary work, self-study, preparing for the exam and the actual exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Attendance is compulsory

Forms of Assessment

3 hours written individual exam.

Internal and external examiner

Grading Scale

Grading scale A-F

Reading List

Relevant literature related to the subject will be given. A reading list covering relevant books, chapters and articles will be given.


Contact Information

Department of Public Health and Primary Health Care.

Email: studie@isf.uib.no, tel 5586100

Course coordinator:

Roar Jensen. E-mail: roar.jensen@broadpark.no