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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.

Information sessions

We will be running information sessions for this course on 13th June at 12pm and 7pm.

If you are interested in joining us for one of these sessions then please e-mail our Administration team with details on which session you would like to register for.

How to apply

Applicants are asked to monitor the relevant course pages for further information about the closing dates.


The course will draw on expertise here at Oxford and include contributions from international colleagues. This collaboration with subject specialists means our programme content will always reflect the most recent research findings. The core team is:


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. 

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


For the PgDip, applicants will need a good 2:1 degree or equivalent in a health-related discipline. Applications will also be judged on the quality of a personal statement and the submission of an essay on a preset topic. 

For the MSc, applicants will need a good 2:1 degree or equivalent in a health-related discipline. Applications will also be judged based on the submission of a research proposal outline highlighting the areas to be covered in the dissertation, and performance at interview.


The course is almost entirely online. Prerecorded materials (video and written) can be reviewed at your convenience, complemented by moderated online discussion groups, which will be scheduled to accommodate the different time-zones of students on the course. An active online learning community keeps students in touch with each other.

Course Content

MSc table

Both the PgDip and the MSc will cover eight teaching modules. Each module runs for an average of ten weeks. The modules provide comprehensive coverage of sleep medicine, based on the European Sleep Research Society’s accreditation criteria, and the extensive expertise available at the University of Oxford. You will complete four modules per academic year. MSc students also have to complete two blocks of research methods teaching, covering scientific technique, analysis, science writing and critique. All students must attend a 1 week summer school during their period of study. This will offer a chance to engage in practical skills training, and an opportunity to connect with classmates and faculty in person.


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.