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Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine
October 2020 entry
The Online Programme in Sleep Medicine leads to a PGDip or MSc. It is hosted by the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, 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), clinical neurophysiologists, applied sleep scientists, sleep technologists, and nurses; as well as those who are relatively early in their careers recently graduating from undergraduate education.
The course offers two potential qualifications: Post-graduate Diploma (PgDip) and Masters (MSc). You can either enrol 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.
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 (there is a one-week compulsory residential school at the end of the first year). Pre-recorded materials (video and written) can be reviewed at your convenience, complemented by moderated online discussion groups (typically weekly). These are held at three different times 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.