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Do you want to become an expert in Allergy?

A dynamic course, recognised for its innovative teaching style, with up-to-the-minute information on new research and clinical practice.

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

Duration: 9 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

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

MSc

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

Key information

Start date: September 2019
Campus: St Mary's
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Overview

Allergy is an increasing global health problem. There is an urgent need both in the UK and worldwide for training in clinical allergy.

Our Allergy courses have been designed to suit all levels of healthcare professionals who deal with patients with allergic conditions, including doctors (GPs, Paediatricians, Specialists in Allergy, Dermatology, Respiratory medicine or ENT) as well as specialist nurses, dietitians, nutritionists and biomedical scientists.

The course enables students to develop advanced knowledge and practical skills to optimally diagnose and manage allergic diseases at all ages.

Teaching is delivered by world-renowned experts in the field and covers all aspects from the basic immune mechanisms underlying allergic diseases to cutting-edge research that may influence clinical practice.

Our courses are structured around a modular teaching week each term at St. Mary's Medical School Campus in Paddington, London, supported by extensive interactive online learning resources. This flexible schedule enables students from around the world to take part. It allows you to fit the course in with your professional commitments and to study in your own time as your personal situation permits.

Course videos

Get an introduction to MSc Allergy from the course director, and hear about the experiences of our students, Tushar and Hannah.

 

Study programme

This course is made up of three phases (Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma and MSc).

You must apply to the Postgraduate Certificate in the first instance. Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section. This can be awarded in its own right or, on successful completion of this component of the programme, you will be offered the opportunity to progress to the PG Diploma or the MSc in Allergy programme.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

The PG Cert in Allergy offers a broad coverage of the scientific basis of allergic disease, a focus on innovations in diagnosis and treatment in allergic diseases as well as a theoretical background to the principles of evidence-based medicine and critical evaluation. There are also opportunities to develop skills in teaching and learning within the discipline of allergy.

By the end of the PG Cert programme, you will have enhanced your understanding of the scientific basis of allergy, your ability to diagnose and manage allergic conditions to the highest standards, as well as your critical appraisal skills and understanding of evidence-based allergy care. You will also have developed skills in the use of computing applied to healthcare and a deeper understanding of your own approach to adult learning.

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

The PG Diploma will allow you to develop your knowledge and skills in more advanced and specialized subjects within allergy, directed towards your own clinical practice and research. You will be required to complete all 5 specialist modules. This level also gives you additional practice in skills such as presentation skills, case report writing, journal article writing and communication with different audiences, from healthcare professionals to patients and families.

Master's Degree (MSc)

The MSc adds a rigorous academic training, an introduction to appropriate research methods and practice and the opportunity for intellectual development within a stimulating yet supportive environment. Through completion of an MSc thesis, you will gain experience in research methodology and techniques, design of a research project or systematic review, data analysis and presentation, literature searching, critical appraisal and presentation of your work at scientific and clinical meetings as well as write-up for publication. In addition, you will have studied in depth a research project or systematic review in Allergy within your own working environment.

The PG Cert and PG Dip modules can also be completed as standalone short courses.

Careers

These qualifications will be of great value to those healthcare professionals holding or wishing to apply for specialist posts in secondary and tertiary care in areas of medicine such as allergy, paediatrics, respiratory medicine, dermatology and gastroenterology.

It will also be very valuable for GPs, specialist nurses, nutritionists and dietitians wishing to further develop their expertise and careers in allergy.

Structure

Modules shown are for the 2019-20 academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this course is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

You take the following three core modules at St. Mary’s Medical School Campus, Paddington, London:

The Scientific Basis of Allergy

Module leaders: Prof Adnan Custovic and Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

In this module, you will explore the scientific basis of allergy, focussing on areas such as the immune mechanisms underlying allergic diseases and how this relates to the aetiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic approach and potential therapeutic targets. You are also introduced to the practicalities of allergy patient care in a scenario-based setting, from how an allergy service is organised to managing severe anaphylaxis effectively.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Disease

Module leader: Dr Helen Cox

This module aims to develop your understanding of the clinical features seen in allergic diseases. This will enable you to conduct appropriate clinical history-taking and tests and arrive at an accurate diagnosis. It also enables you to create a robust treatment plan that can alleviate the symptoms. Additionally, you will develop skills in the use of medical devices and treatments that will enable you to teach the patients in your care.

The Cutting Edge of Allergy

Module leaders: Dr Robert BoyleDr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz and Dr Paul Turner

This module will cover recent research advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and how this can be applied in clinical practice. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to turn ideas into your own research projects. This will be achieved through lectures, interactive sessions, group work, debate, poster creation and oral presentations.

Postgraduate Diploma

Core modules

You complete the following five core modules at St. Mary’s Medical School Campus, Paddington, London.

Allergic Airways Disease and Asthma

Module leaders: Prof Andrew BushProf Sejal Saglani and Dr Louise Fleming

This module will review recent advances on the mechanisms underlying allergic airways diseases, including the role of genetic and environmental factors, and how this may impact future practice. A rational evidence-based approach to the differential diagnosis, diagnostic work-up and management will be discussed through lectures, case-based discussions, group work and interactive sessions. Challenging areas such as difficult asthma, adolescence and poor concordance will be addressed.

Allergic Gastrointestinal Disease

Module leaders: Dr Eleanor MinshallDr John Fell and Dr Jenny Epstein

This module will cover the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, advanced diagnostic work-up (including differential diagnoses) and therapeutic approach for allergic gastrointestinal diseases, such as eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Difficult practical scenarios such as multiple dietary exclusions, functional and protracted symptoms (such as reflux, pain or diarrhoea) will be addressed through lectures, case-based discussions and interactive sessions.

Allergic Rhinitis and Hayfever

Module leaders: Prof Stephen Durham and Dr Guy Scadding

This module will cover the mechanisms, clinical presentation and advanced diagnostic and management strategies for allergic rhinitis. Diagnostic procedures such as rhinoscopy, nasendoscopy and nasal challenges will be demonstrated in practical sessions and differential diagnosis using imaging techniques will be discussed. Allergen immunotherapy, including case-based discussions and key aspects such as efficacy biomarkers and risks/benefits, will be covered.

Allergic Skin Disease

Module leaders: Dr Catherine Hardman

This module will cover a wide range of allergic skin diseases, including atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, urticarias, hereditary and acquired angioedemas, photodermatoses and drug allergies. The underlying mechanisms, diagnostic work-up and advanced management will be discussed through lectures and case-based discussions. Challenging topics such as the role of food allergy in eczema, refractory urticaria and mastocytosis will be addressed.

Food Allergy

Module leaders: Dr Isabel Skypala, Dr Rosan Meyer,

This module will cover the mechanisms, clinical presentation as well as advanced diagnostic and management strategies for the wide range of allergic reactions to foods. Innovative preventive and therapeutic approaches for food allergy will be discussed. Complex areas such as highly restrictive diets, feeding difficulties, molecular tests and high-risk food challenges will be covered through lectures, workshops and case-based discussions.

Paediatric Allergy

Module leaders: Dr Sharon Hall, Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

This module will cover advanced aspects of allergic diseases in childhood, from the mechanisms underlying the ‘atopic march’ to difficult clinical scenarios such as multisystem allergic disease, immunodeficiency, adolescent transition and psychological or safeguarding issues. Interactive sessions, case-based discussions and practical workshops on infant weaning, food challenges and immunotherapy will be available.

Master's degree (MSc)

Core module

Research Skills in Allergy

Module leader: Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

Through completion of an MSc thesis, you will gain experience in research methodology and techniques, design of a research project or systematic review, data analysis and presentation, literature searching, critical appraisal and presentation of your work at scientific and clinical meetings as well as write-up for publication. In addition, you will have studied in depth a research project or systematic review in Allergy within your own working environment.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

In this programme, an emphasis is placed on “Active Learning” by all of the students and “Peer Learning”. Teaching and learning methods include:

The Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment (VLE):

  • Pre-module work to prepare for the teaching
  • Flipped Classroom – where you read, consider and reflect before coming to the class

Face-to-face sessions including:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Interactive quizzes
  • Question and answer sessions
  • Group work
  • Workshops and practical sessions
  • Scenario-based sessions and role play
  • Student-led activities such as a Pro-Con debate, oral presentations and poster or case presentations

Assessment methods

Formative assessments:

  • Tutor and peer verbal responses to your work in classes
  • Group work and interactive sessions
  • Student-led presentations and case-based sessions

Formative online work:

  • Quizzes
  • Diagram completion exercises
  • Case-based scenarios
  • Mock exams

Summative assessments:

  • Computer-based exams
  • Group-work such as:
    • Poster development and presentation
    • Multi-disciplinary team type presentations
  • Individual work such as:
    • Case reports
    • Practical skills-based exams
    • Research proposals
    • Creating posters and presenting them
    • Creating patient or parent leaflets
    • Writing review articles for a journal
    • Writing case reports
    • Presenting “Grand Round” type presentations or quizzes
  • Thesis and presentation via Viva Voce

Entry requirements

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

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree in a healthcare related subject such as nursing, dietetics, immunology, physiology or biomedical science.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

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

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

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.

How to apply

You can submit one application form per year of entry, and usually choose up to two courses.

How to apply

Choosing your course

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

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert) 
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc 

You must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

All applicants to our Master's courses must apply online.

For full details on the online application process, please visit the admissions website.

ATAS certificate

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

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.

Tuition fees and funding

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £11,300 £2,260
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £9,040 £3,390
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £5,650
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (PG Dip), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the PG Dip. The same also applies to move from the PG Dip to the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert and PG Dip are each worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2019 entryFull feeTop-up fee*
MSc £34,500 £6,900
Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) £27,600 £10,350
Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) £17,250
* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

All applicants must apply to the PG Cert in the first instance, and pay the relevant PG Cert full fee.

If you successfully pass the PG Cert and want to progress to the next level of study (PG Dip), you only need to pay the top-up fee for the PG Dip. The same also applies to move from the PG Dip to the MSc.

The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will apply throughout your progression through the different levels of study, though an annual inflationary increase will also be applied each year.

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 for April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you choose to exit the course and then return at a later date to join the next level of study, you will pay the relevant top-up fee advertised in that year of entry. The 2018 entry tuition fees listed above will no longer apply.

Please note, it is not possible to apply for a Postgraduate Master's loan for this course, because the course you apply to in the first instance must be worth at least 90 ECTS credits. The PG Cert and PG Dip are each worth fewer than 90 ECTS credits.

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.

Further information

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Got a question?

Jennifer Haley – Course Administrator
T: +44 (0)20 7594 3985
E: j.haley@imperial.ac.uk

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