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The Online Programme in Sleep Medicine leads to a PGDip or MSc. It is hosted by the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), University of Oxford. The SCNi brings together world leading expertise in basic and human sleep and circadian research, and in the evaluation and management of sleep disorders.


Sleep medicine is a rapidly growing specialty. This course will be of interest, therefore, to a wide range of physicians (e.g. respiratory physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, geriatricians, GPs, specialists who are focused on ‘behavioural sleep medicine’ (e.g. clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists) as well as applied sleep scientists, sleep technologists, and nurses.


The course offers two potential qualifications: Post-graduate Diploma (PgDip) and Masters (MSc). You can either enroll for a two-year PgDip or a two-year MSc. Students who complete the PgDip can apply to convert to the MSc after completion of a third year. Elements of the course may also be offered as CPD modules. 

MSc students are affiliated to Somerville College

Before applying it is important to decide which route would work best for you. 

As an Oxford graduate you will obtain a specialist credential to promote your development and practice. This course will also help you prepare for professional sleep society examinations. The programme however does not in itself confer a licence to practice. You would be expected to practise within your own professional codes and the boundaries of your professional certification. 


The course is almost entirely online.   Prerecorded materials (video and written) can be reviewed at your convenience, complemented by moderated online discussion groups.  These are held at 3 different times (10am, 12pm and 7pm), to accommodate the different time-zones of students on the course. Attendance is required at these sessions.  An active online learning community keeps students in touch with each other.

MSc students will be assigned a college advisor who will monitor your progress through the course, and a dissertation supervisor who will support you through the production of your dissertation.  PgDip students will be assigned a course advisor who will monitor your progress through the course.


Whilst the programme does not offer work experience or internships, students will attend the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute in Oxford for one week as part of the compulsory residential school. This will provide the opportunity to meet with leading sleep scientists and clinicians and to further develop skills in sleep medicine.

Information Sessions

If you are interested in joining us for an information session, held via Zoom video conferencing, then please e-mail our Administration team

Sessions are held at 12pm and 7pm UK time once each month






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