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  • Study Type

    Distance learning & Part time available

  • Subject Areas



  • Start Date


  • Course Duration

    2 years

  • Course Type


  • Course Fees

    £9,391 pa Home & EU students, £12,586 pa Overseas students

  • Last Updated

    10 November 2016

Course content

Structure, content and assessment

The MSc is a part-time course, spread over two years. During that time you will complete eight modules, providing a comprehensive overview of sleep medicine that is in line with the European Sleep Research Society's teaching and training guidelines. These modules include:

The Physiological Basis of Sleep
Introduction to Sleep Medicine and Methodological Approaches
Circadian Rhythm Disruption and Sleep
Sleep Disordered Breathing and Sleep-related Movement Disorders
Hypersomnias and Parasomnias
Sleep in Specialist Populations
Sleep and Society

Each module will be assessed by an extended essay, entailing a total of four extended essays submitted every academic year: two at the end of the second and third terms. Throughout the course you will be expected to work on your dissertation, which is the final piece of coursework, to be submitted at the end of the course. This will take the form of a systematic review and a research study design, including ethical considerations and budgeting. To support this process you will also have to complete two modules in research methods.

Pattern of teaching, learning and supervision

The course is designed to give as much flexibility as possible, whilst still providing necessary support and community. Lectures are pre-recorded and available for you to watch in your own time, alongside any relevant reading, case studies and activities.

You will join regular online discussion groups. These are run using conferencing software, allowing you to interact in real-time with classmates and teaching faculty and will typically last one hour. For these sessions you will be expected to prepare short essays and/or presentations for discussion.

For the purposes of the dissertation you will be assigned an academic advisor, who you will meet with as and when necessary. You will also be expected to attend a week-long residential school in person at Oxford. A significant component of the course involves self-directed learning to build on taught materials.

Visit the MSc Sleep Medicine - Oxford Online Programme page on the University of Oxford website for more details!






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