Circadian Rhythm Disruption and 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.

Programme details

It is expected that after completion of this module students will be able:

  • To develop knowledge of how to assess human circadian rhythms using subjective and objective methods
  • To understand the complex pathophysiology of circadian rhythm disruption
  • To understand the implications of misalignment between endogenous and exogenous factors in the development of circadian rhythm disruption
  • To describe associations between circadian rhythm disruption and disease
  • To understand the treatment options available for circadian rhythm disruption and consider their mode of action


Description Costs
Home £1481.00
Overseas £2283.00

Teaching methods


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.

Assessment methods

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.

  1. Accredited Short Course Application Form and Guidance Notes
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Selection criteria

Applicants will need to satisfy the same entry requirements as for the PgDip in Sleep Medicine.

IT requirements

Applicants will need to satisfy the same IT requirements as for the PgDip in Sleep Medicine.