Postgraduate Diploma in Sleep Medicine

Differences from 2019/20 to 2022/23

  • 1. The Divisional Board of Medical Sciences shall elect for the supervision of the course an Organising Committee. The Organising Committee will oversee teaching provision and will nominate Examiners for the Examination Board.

  • 2. The Course Committee shall arrange teaching, student supervision and assessments and shall appoint for each candidate an academic adviser.

  • 3. Students admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma who wish to convert to the M.Sc. course will need to reapply.
  • 4. To be eligible for the award a student must have been on the Course Register for a period of not less than two years, and not more than four years.

  • 5. Candidates may be permitted in certain circumstances to suspend status, for a maximum of six terms. Any such period shall not count to the minimum permitted period of registration and no fee liability will be incurred during such periods.

  • 6. Every candidate for a Postgraduate Diploma award will be required to satisfy the examiners in the following:

    • (i) attendance at all modules specified in the Schedule;

    • (ii) completion of each of theend of module MCQ examinations prior to the Final Meeting of the Board of Examinersassessment;

    • (iii) completion of the assessment for modules (i) to (viii) specified in the Schedule. For modules (i), (iii), (v) and (vii), submission of eightone essaysessay per module of not more than 4,000 words. eachFor module (ii), relating to eachcompletion of an online examination. For module (iv), submission of an oral presentation and an online viva voce. For module (vi), completion of a live online case-study-based viva voce examination. For module (viii), submission of a poster presentation and an online viva voce. 

      Assessments will be submitted/conducted as follows: modules (i) toand (viiiii). Two essays will be submitted at the end of Hilary Termterm in eachyear year1 of the course,; modules (iii) and two essays will be submitted(iv) at the end of Trinity Term in eachyear year1 of the course,; onmodules dates(v) toand be(vi) specified byat the Courseend Committeeof andHilary publishedterm in theyear course handbook no later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the first year2 of the course.; Eachand essaymodules topic(vii) willand be selected by the Board of Examiners. The essay topics will be distributed to the students(viii) at the startend of MichaelmasTrinity termTerm in year 2 of the academic year in which the examination is takencourse; 

    • (iv) attendance at the Residential School following at least two terms of study.

  • 7. Candidates who are not registered for an award but are undertaking any module from the Schedule for credit (see clause 13) will submit an essay of not more than 4,000 words each for each module completed. Information on assessment requirements and submission deadlines is provided in the course handbook. Essays
  • 8. Submitted assessments shall be submitted, in electronic format via Moodle Assignment Submission System, to the ChairUniversity ofapproved Examiners,assessment Postgraduateplatform. Diploma in Sleep Medicine. The format of each submission and the deadlines for submission shall be specified by the Course Committee and published in the course handbook no later than the start of Michaelmas Term of the first year of the course.
  • 89. EssaysAll written submissions must be accompanied by a statement that they are the candidate's work except where otherwise indicated.

  • 910. Candidates must pass each assessment in order to pass the examination overall.

  • 1011.  Candidates who fail to satisfy the examiners in the extended essays will be permitted, by 2pm, Thursday of Week 8any of the termassessments followingin clause 6. (iii) may attempt the termfailed in which the results were notified to the candidate, to resubmit work in respect of the part or parts they have failedassessment(s) on notno more than one further occasion usually within one year of the original failure.

  • 1112. Candidates who fail any of the essaysassessments for modules (i)-(viii) at the second attempt will be judged to have failed to reach the necessary standard for the award.

  • 1213.  In the case that a candidate has undertaken a module (as outlined in the Schedule) for credit prior to enrolling onto the PGDip in Sleep Medicine programme, the organising committee shall have discretion to deem satisfactory completion of the module (including the associated assessment material) prior to registration for the PGDip in Sleep Medicine. Theas organising committee shall decide if the candidate hashaving met the attendance and examination requirements in respect of that module under clause 6.i-iii above. Such discretion will normally only be exercised if the time elapsed between commencement of the accredited module concerned and registration for the PGDip in Sleep Medicine is not more than three years. The maximum number of modules taken for credit prior to registration for the PGDip in Sleep Medicine that can contribute to the achievement of the award shall be three.


  • (i) The Physiological Basis of Sleep

  • (ii) Introduction to Sleep Medicine and Methodological Approaches

  • (iii) Circadian Rhythm Disruption and Sleep

  • (iv) Insomnia

  • (v) Sleep-disordered Breathing and Sleep-related Movement Disorders

  • (vi) Hypersomnias and Parasomnias

  • (vii) Sleep in Specialist Populations

  • (viii) Sleep and Society