PG Cert in Allergy

The PG Cert content has been chosen and structured to ensure that it covers both the immunological mechanisms underlying common allergic manifestations and the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic techniques available to manage allergic disease.

Having learned these aspects of the discipline you will then apply them to understanding the areas of allergy which are at the forefront of leading research programmes to further elucidate potential targets both for prevention and treatment of allergic disease.


Modules

The PG Cert consists of three equally weighted 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) modules which are all core to the programme. Each module includes one week of face-to-face teaching at Imperial College followed by a structured programme of e-learning tasks which are all available on the web for distance learning. During the week at Imperial, you will learn by attending lectures, workshops and tutorials with associated time spent in allergy clinics to observe and monitor gold standard practice. At the end of the three modules (nine months study) you can be awarded the PG Cert or upgrade to the MSc programme.

Modules for PG Cert

Modules for PG Cert

The scientific basis of allergy: 9-13 October 2017

(30 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians)

The syllabus will include: orientation to Masters study and online study in Blackboard VLE, important national initiatives in Allergy, basic immunological mechanisms, T cells and cytokines, adhesion and co-stimulatory molecules, allergens and allergic inflammation, ontogeny of immune responses, genetic regulation, epidemiology of allergic disease, the immunological basis of asthma, rhinitis, eczema, food allergy and drug allergy. Assessment will be examination incorporating extended matching items and one best answer questions. Written exam: 9 January 2018


Diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease: 8-12 January 2018

(30 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians)

This module will cover the range of scientific and clinical diagnostic and therapeutic techniques required to manage allergic disease. The relative importance and choice of both in vivo and in-vitro diagnostic tests will be explored. The techniques available to investigate the manifestations of allergic disease in the lung, the nose, the skin, the gut and the eye will be researched and assessed in the form of an extended case history including a critical appraisal of recent research literature in the area. Practical exam: 24 April 2018; assignment due: 5 March 2018.


The cutting edge of allergy: 23-27 April 2018

(30 CPD credits from the Royal College of Physicians)

This module will address areas of allergy that are currently at the forefront of allergy research programmes. It will build on the previous modules to investigate immune modulation and genetic advances in allergic disease and will highlight preventive strategies and predictive factors. Both inter- and intra-cellular mechanisms will be covered. Topics will include: Pre- and probiotics, peptide vaccines, immunomodulation with small molecules, signal transduction, dendritic cells, smooth muscle and remodelling and imaging. Assessment will be by written assignment investigating novel approaches to defining disease progression or management. Assignment due: 25 June 2018