Allergy

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Postgraduate Certificate

Duration: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Master's degree

Duration: 2–3 years part-time
(including PG Cert)

Key information

Start date: October 2018
Campus: St Mary's

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Overview

These courses are designed for students with a wide range of background skills who require a detailed understanding of allergic disease.

This course is made up of two progressional levels (PG Cert and MSc), and you must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the admissions section.

Allergy is an increasing global health problem, and there is an urgent need both UK and worldwide for training in clinical allergy for all levels of the medical profession who diagnose and manage patients with allergic conditions.

Our Allergy courses have been designed for students with a wide range of background skills who require a detailed understanding of allergic disease, such as hospital doctors, paediatricians, GPs, nurses, dieticians, nutritionists, scientists and health visitors.

These qualifications will be of great value to those holding, or wishing to apply for, specialist posts in secondary care in areas of medicine such as respiratory medicine, dermatology and paediatrics, where allergic mechanisms may be responsible for the underlying pathogenesis of disease entities.

Our courses are structured around a modular teaching week and supported by extensive interactive online learning resources, enabling students from around the world to take part.

The dynamic nature of the course will enable you to receive up-to-the-minute information on new research and clinical practice parameters, and has been recognised for its innovative teaching style.

This is supported by teaching from faculty staff made up of the wide pool of world renowned experts at Imperial and from around the UK.

The Allergy programmes will mainly be located at St. Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

You take the three core modules below at St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School.

  • The Scientific Basis on Allergy
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Disease
  • The Cutting Edge of Allergy

Master's degree (MSc)

Core module

  • Research Project

Optional modules

You choose four optional modules from the list below.

  • Allergic Airways Disease and Asthma
  • Allergic Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Allergic Skin Disease
  • Food Allergy
  • Paediatric Allergy
  • Rhinitis and Hayfever

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
  • Clinic attachments
  • Independent research project
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

Assessment methods

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essays
  • Practical examinations
  • Reports
  • Written examinations

Course timetable

Postgraduate Certificate

You attend five-day (Monday-Friday) blocks for each Postgraduate Certificate module (see the Structure section). You also complete extensive additional studies through online learning resources. This schedule enables you to fit the course in with your professional commitments and to study in your own time as your personal situation permits.

Master's degree (MSc)

You attend St. Mary's Hospital for four optional modules, each lasting two-days (these are organised so that two modules are run in the same week, to help minimise travel) and submit an assignment on each module.

You will complete a research project and write up a dissertation; this can either be submitted in Year 2, or in Year 3 for those wishing to spread the academic workload.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Register for our Postgraduate Funding Webinar at 3pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017 for advice on how to fund postgraduate study at Imperial.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £5,300
Postgraduate Diploma* £3,180
MSc £2,120
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text. * Conversion fee paid in year two.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £16,250
Postgraduate Diploma* £9,750
MSc £6,500
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text. * Conversion fee paid in year two.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

Consequently, if on successful completion of the PG Cert, you choose to progress to the next level (PG Dip), the tuition fee for the PG Dip may be higher than the fee listed here – which is for students starting the PG Dip in 2018. All students must apply to the PG Certificate in the first instance.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan for this course from the UK government because the loan is only available for the MSc and it is not possible to apply for the MSc as a standalone qualification in the first instance.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Admissions

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree in a healthcare related subject, nursing, dietetics, immunology, physiology or biomedical science.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

Choosing your course

This course is divided into two progressional levels of study. Each level of study leads to a separate qualification:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) – entry point for all students
  • MSc – highest level of study

You must successfully pass each stage of study before you can progress to the level above.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply early. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Further information

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Contact us

Karen Davies – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 7594 3985
E: karen.davies@imperial.ac.uk

Imperial students

Applying for your visa

Visit the International Student Support website for information on applying for a visa.

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Scholarships

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