Professional/Short course Sleep Disorders

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Applied Sciences
12 months
Hybrid (on-campus practical with online learning)
Course Director
Dr Lizzie Hill

30 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 16 May 2024


This 30 credit Level 7 module, Sleep Disorders, aims to provide grounding knowledge and understanding of a range of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders to enable you to gain an in-depth theoretical knowledge and understanding of the pathophysiology associated with a range of sleep disorders, which is required for effective diagnosis and management within the clinical setting.

By undertaking this module alongside Introduction to Sleep Medicine (USSKJF-30-M), the programme will allow you to select and perform appropriate diagnostic tests, and to critically evaluate management and treatment options based on the outcomes.

On successful completion of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate a range of sleep disorders from the common signs and symptoms.
  • apply an integrative knowledge of the aetiology, mechanisms, characteristics and presentation of a range of respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders to the selection of basic (associated) diagnostic investigations.
  • critically appraise the role of diagnostic investigations in respiratory and non-respiratory disorders, evaluate signals and characteristics, and interpret results using national and international guidelines.
  • critically evaluate management and treatment options for a range of sleep disorders considering optimisation and effectiveness.
  • effectively and appropriately communicate patient-centred plans for investigation and management of sleep disorders to patients, relatives/carers, and multidisciplinary healthcare colleagues.



The module syllabus typically includes the following topics:

  • respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders, including their pathophysiology, signs and symptoms, risk factors that may need further investigation if suspected as an underlying cause, and the management and treatment options.
  • clinical investigations and subjective assessments for respiratory and non-respiratory sleep disorders, including application and appropriate use, diagnostic criteria, quality assurance and risks.
  • Interpretation of results, with reference to national and international guidelines for sleep investigations.


Learning and Teaching

The level 7 (Master module) module will be delivered through a combination of online learning and teaching, and on-campus sessions. On-campus sessions will be taught over a series of block weeks and will include both theoretical and practical laboratory sessions.


Assessment for this module comprises three parts:

  • A case-based presentation, where you must demonstrate your knowledge of patient history, diagnosis, and treatment strategies to present and defend a case selected from your own practice.
  • An Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), taken under controlled conditions.
  • A work-based portfolio, evidencing competence to practice in the area of sleep medicine.


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Prices and dates

Supplementary fee information

This course is funded by NHS England - there is no published fee data for this course.


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How to apply

How to apply

Recruitment of students and provision of funding for this module is managed by the National School of Health Care Science with NHS England, with details being provided to UWE Bristol subsequently in order to compete the admissions process.

Once funding has been approved, students must apply for both modules (Introduction to Sleep Medicine, and this module, Sleep Disorders) using the links provided by UWE Bristol.

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Extra information

If the course you are applying for is fully online or blended learning, please note that you are expected to provide your own headsets/microphones.

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