MAS in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana

The Academy of Sleep and Consciousness ASC offers unique postgraduate education which provides advanced medical and scientific insights into sleep medicine.

An international team of specialist lecturers ensure that course subject matter is on the latest scientific knowledge. The course offers a variety of efficient learning methods, such as seminars and remote online learning.
The first year (CAS) contains four modules and offers a variety of efficient learning methods, such as classroom lectures, seminars and online distance learning in order to support the  knowledge transfer and to ensure a stimulating learning environment. The participant’s professional knowledge and experience will constitute part of the teaching and learning process.

Building up on year one, the second year (DAS) consists of four online modules. Additionally to 25 in-depth podcasts, the course teaches theoretical and practical skills in Sleep Scoring and offers the opportunity for students to immerse into their area of interest with the support of a mentor during the production of the DAS thesis.

Building up on the CAS and the DAS programs, the modules of the final year will offer more specific learning content depending on the student’s preferences. In addition each participant will be able to gain international working experience by completing a four weeks (or longer) internship in one of our partner labs all around the world. The MAS Thesis will be the final module in order to complete the full program.

Further information: www.asc.unibe.ch

Summary
Degree Master of Advanced Studies in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders (MAS SCD Unibe USI)
Start 07/2021
Length Juli 2021 – Juli 2024
Scope 60 ECTS
Cycle Every 2 years
Flexible entry possible Yes
Single module visitable Yes
Place Switzerland, EU, online
Due to the pandemic situation and the related official requirements, we would like to point out that individual course modules or parts of them can be replaced by distance learning or postponed.
Language English
Admission The MAS SCD is intended for professionals with a degree in health related disciplines, natural science or engineering who wish to gain an in-depth knowledge of sleep medicine.
Registration until 2021/04/30
Cost CHF 29’000
Organising institutions Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern, Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana
Partner Inselspital Bern, Ente Ospedaliero Cantonale, European Sleep Foundation
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The first year (CAS) contains four modules and offers a variety of efficient learning methods, such as classroom lectures, seminars and online distance learning in order to support the  knowledge transfer and to ensure a stimulating learning environment. The participant’s professional knowledge and experience will constitute part of the teaching and learning process.

Building up on year one, the second year (DAS) consists of four online modules. Additionally to 25 in-depth podcasts, the course teaches theoretical and practical skills in Sleep Scoring and offers the opportunity for students to immerse into their area of interest with the support of a mentor during the production of the DAS thesis.

Building up on the CAS and the DAS programs, the modules of the final year will offer more specific learning content depending on the student’s preferences. In addition each participant will be able to gain international working experience by completing a four weeks (or longer) internship in one of our partner labs all around the world. The MAS Thesis will be the final module in order to complete the full program.

English is the official language of tuition.

YEAR 1

CAS Module 1

Sleep Medicine Summer School

Deepens the basic clinical knowledge on the main sleep disorders and provides further in-depths expertise in managing the diagnosis and treatment of disorders. The Summer School 2021 is the 6th edition of a well consolidated course with great success in the past, formerly known as the Alpine Sleep Summer School and will be held in Europe for one entire week in Summer 2021.

The module will combine theoretical lessons in the mornings, case discussions, and practical exercises in the afternoons.

Courses / Key Topics

  • Physiology and chronobiology
  • Insomnia and circadian disorders
  • Hypersomnia and neurological sleep disorders
  • Movement disorders and parasomnia and epilepsy
  • Respiratory disorder

Duration: 75-90 hours

Credits: 3 ECTS

Location: Europe

Exams: Multiple-choice

CAS Module 2

Lecture series / e-learning

Provides basic insight into sleep and consciousness in a self-study mode. It analyzes and explains the definition of sleep, sleep regulation, as well as how sleep, vigilance and circadian rhythms can be assessed.

This first module will be accessible online.

Duration: 50-60 hours of self-study

Credits: 2 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: The examination will consist in multiple-choice questions. Students are required to pass in order to gain access to the next lectures.

CAS Module 3

Sleep Science Winter School

Deepens the understanding of the basic scientific know-how and addresses more advanced scientific topics such as regulation and function of sleep, circadian rhythms of sleep, and methods of sleep/consciousness research.

The lectures seminar will be held in Europe over the course of 4 days.

Courses / Key lectures

  • The regulation of sleep
  • The function of sleep
  • Circadian rhythms
  • Sleep and consciousness
  • Methods in sleep research - basic
  • Methods in sleep research - human

Duration: 50-60 hours of self-study

Credits: 2 ECTS

Location: Europe

Exams: Multiple choice

CAS Module 4

CAS Thesis

Consists in 75–90 hours (3 ECTS) dedicated to research and writing a CAS thesis. It provides therefore the know-how of systematical literature research (systematic reviews) and the quantative and qualitative summarising of existing studies. The student will also learn how to read scientific literature and will be capable to understand and summarize it. A pool of topics and mentors will be provided to the students; nevertheless, every student is free to choose a topic and a specialist in the field of sleep medicine, subject to approval by the CAS program lead.

It is highly recommended to choose a comparative thesis.

Duration: 75-90 hours

Credits: 3 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: CAS Thesis

YEAR 2

DAS Module 1

Lecture series / e-learning

The Module consist of 12 Podcasts within the categories of “Basic Science” and “Primary Sleep Disorders” as well as corresponding papers

Duration: 125-150 hours of self-study

Credits: 5 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: The examination will consist in multiple-choice questions.

DAS Module 2

Sleep Scoring

The Module provides in-depth theoretical and practical insights into sleep scoring in a self-study mode through a specific software, which can be accessed online from your private computer. Technical support, how-to tutorials and theoretical basics will also be provided.

Duration: 100-120 hours of self-study

Credits: 4 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: There will be an exmination at the end of the module.

DAS Module 3

Lecture series / e-learning

Provides advanced insights into sleep and consciousness in a self-study mode (video podcasts) with a focus on clinical topics such as insomnia, hypersomnia, parasomnia, pediatric disorders, disorders of consciousness and many more.

Duration: 125-150 hours of self-study

Credits: 5 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: The examination will consist in multiple-choice questions

DAS Module 4

DAS Thesis

Consists in 150–180 hours (6 ECTS) dedicated to research and writing a DAS thesis. A pool of topics and mentors will be provided to the students; nevertheless, every student is free to choose a topic and a specialist in the field of sleep medicine, subject to approval by the DAS program lead.

Duration: 150-180 hours of self-study

Credits: 6 ECTS

Location: Self-Study

Exams: DAS Thesis

YEAR 3

(more detailed information coming soon, for updates please visit https://www.asc.unibe.ch/program/mas/)

MAS Module 1

e-learning

Credits: 5 ECTS

MAS Module 2

e-learning

Credits: 4 ECTS

MAS Module 3

Practical work/internship

Credits: 3 ECTS

MAS Module 4

MAS Thesis

Credits: 15 ECTS

MAS Module 5

Transferable Skills

Credits: 3 ECTS

Organising Institutions

Faculty of Medicine of the University of Bern,

Faculty of Biomedical Sciences of the Università della Svizzera italiana

Faculty and Scientific Board

The faculty members have extensive experience in academic teaching and knowledge of best practices in the fields of sleep medicine/research, consciousness and related disorders.

Their diverse international backgrounds are a key ingredient of the program’s dynamic environment.

Local Faculty

  • Prof. Antoine Adamantidis
  • Dr. med. Panagiotis Bargiotas
  • Prof. Claudio Bassetti
  • Dr. med. Anna Castelnovo
  • Dr. med. Corrado Garbazza
  • Prof. Mauro Manconi
  • Prof. Kaspar Schindler
  • Dr. med. Frédéric Zubler

 

  1.  In addition to professional experience, following requirements shall be met for the admission 
    • a higher degree at Master’s level in medicine or psychology,
    • b higher degree at Bachelor’s level or higher in the field of health sciences,
    • c higher degree at Master’s level in the field of sciences or engineering   
  2. For above items b and c the Academic Program Committee may decide on further conditions for the admission in order to make sure that the program will be completed successfully.  
  3. The Academic Program Committee may grant exceptions “sur dossier” in the admission. For candidates without higher degree or practical experience the Academic Program Committee may decide on further admission requirements in order to make sure that the program will be completed successfully.   
  4. It is possible to participate in individual modules, provided that there are still places available.   
  5. Upon request of the Program coordinators, the Academic Program Committee decides on the admission to the programs. No claim can be made on the admission.

To register for the program in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders, please fill in the online application form

The application deadline for the CAS in Sleep, Consciousness and Related Disorders program is 30 April 2021.

Tuition fee: CHF 29’000.-

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