Sleep Medicine: The Physiological Basis of Sleep (Online)
The Sleep & Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), within The Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN) is now offering an online programme in Sleep Medicine and in conjunction with this programme it is pleased to present standalone modules for those wishing to study only one or two aspects of the programme to facilitate professional practice. Modules will be available when they are running for the main programme and you will join the rest of the group at this time.
This is one module encompassed within the Online programme in Sleep Medicine which leads to an MSc or PgDip.
It is expected that after completion of this module students will be able:
- To gain an understanding of sleep as a complex, strictly regulated process, ubiquitous across ontogeny and phylogeny
- To develop knowledge of basic neurophysiologic and genetic underpinning of sleep
- To get insights into methodology used for classifying sleep states, and investigating sleep in animals, human subjects and patients
- To understand how leading theories on sleep regulation and function aid prevention and treatment of sleep disorders
- To develop understanding of the link between sleep and bodily functions, including immune system, thermoregulation and metabolism
Applicants will need to satisfy the same IT requirements as for the PgDip in Sleep Medicine.
Dr Nicola Barclay
BA(Hons), MSc, PhD
Prof Colin Espie
BSc, MAppSci, PhD, DSc(Med), CPsychol, CSci, FRSM, FBPsS
Dr Christopher-James Harvey
Dr Simon Kyle
MA (First Class Hons.), PhD
Dr Sumathi Sekaran
Dr Vladyslav Vyazovskly
Dr Katharina Wulff
All lectures are online and viewed through the course website.
To support the lectures there will be regular online discussion groups. These will use conferencing software and students will come together with a member of the teaching team to discuss aspects of that week’s topic and complete class assignments.
There is an extended essay of no more than 4,000 words associated with this module.
We strongly recommend that you download and save files before completing to ensure that all your changes are saved.
This course requires you to complete the application form and submit it alongside a short essay, a copy of your CV and a reference form.
Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.
- Accredited Short Course Application Form and Guidance Notes
- Short Essay
- As part of the application you should submit a short essay of no more than 1,000 words. The essay should outline the importance of sleep for general health and well-being, with reference to contemporary work. Excerpts from longer pieces are not accepted.
- This will be assessed for understanding of the subject area; understanding of problems in the area; ability to construct and defend an argument; powers of expression; and quality of written English.
- You can reuse the same essay for multiple module applications.
- Reference Form
- Please complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion.
Level and demands
This course will be of interest to a wide range of physicians (e.g. respiratory physicians, neurologists, psychiatrists, paediatricians, geriatricians, GPs), specialists who are focussed on ‘behavioural sleep medicine’ (e.g. clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists) as well as applied sleep scientists, sleep technologists, and nurses.
Applicants will need to satisfy the same entry requirements as for the PgDip in Sleep Medicine.
Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions for applicants and students on this course
Sources of funding
Information on financial support
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.
Modules from the Online Programme in Sleep Medicine are being offered to those wishing to study only one or two aspects of the programme to facilitate professional practice.