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 holding 4 sessions

Tuesday November 7th at 12 noon (UK time)

Tuesday November 7th at 7pm (UK time)

Tuesday December 5th at 12 noon (UK time)

Tuesday December 5th and 7pm (UK time)

If you are interested in joining us for a session then please e-mail our Administration team with your preferred date and time.

Applications will open for the 2018/19 Academic Year on September 1st 2017

How to apply

 Please monitor the relevant course pages for information about 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.


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.


A comprehensive induction programme will be scheduled the week prior to the start of the formal teaching. The induction programme will orient students with the course website, resources, IT training, library training, and primer material.


No experimental facilities are provided as students will not be undertaking research during the course. When you visit Oxford you will have access to the libraries and college facilities, but you will not have a dedicated work space as the course is mainly provided online.

Opportunities for work experience and internships

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.

Pastoral and welfare support

Academic support is available through any member of the academic team, as well as through your assigned dissertation supervisor (MSc). Pastoral support can be sought through your college advisor (MSc), course advisor (PgDip) or through the programme’s Associate Director. The department also has a widening access officer should you need advice on learning disabilities, special equipment requirements or access issues.


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.