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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: October 2021
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 current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

There are limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses. See what changes we may make and how we will tell you about them.

Find out more about potential changes

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 across the developmental spectrum on the mechanisms underlying allergic airways diseases, including the role of genetic and environmental factors, the microbiome, and how this will impact future practice. There will be talks on assessing pulmonary physiology and other diagnostic tests. A rational evidence-based approach to the differential diagnosis, diagnostic work-up and management will be discussed. Challenging areas such as difficult asthma, adolescence and poor concordance will be addressed

Food Hypersensitivity

Module leaders: Dr Isabel SkypalaDr Rosan Meyer, Dr Eleanor MinshallDr John Fell and Dr Jenny Epstein

This module will cover the epidemiology, mechanisms, clinical presentation as well as advanced diagnostic and management strategies for the wide range of manifestations of food hypersensitivy, from immediate allergies to allergic gastrointestinal diseases, such eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. Innovative preventive and therapeutic approaches will be discussed. Complex areas such as highly restrictive diets, feeding difficulties, functional and protracted symptoms, molecular tests and high-risk food challenges will be covered.

Rhinitis, rhinosinusitis and immunotherapy

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 and rhinosinusitis in adults and children. It includes hands-on demonstrations on diagnostic procedures such as rhinoscopy, nasendoscopy and nasal challenges, as well as interactive differential diagnosis sessions using nasal imaging. Key aspects of allergen-specific immunotherapy will be reviewed, including efficacy biomarkers, clinical risks and benefits, as well as case-based discussions.

Allergic Skin Disease

Module leaders: Dr Catherine Hardman and Dr Tim Watts

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.

Paediatric Allergy

Module leaders: Dr Sharon Hall and 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

This module will cover a general overview of research methods in allergy medicine and emphasise the importance of research for the development and evaluation of clinical practice. It will help you develop the knowledge and skills required to conduct your own original research project or systematic review under the supervision of the Programme staff and usually a local supervisor.

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 usually 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:

All courses
  • 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 
For PG Dip and MSc
  • 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
For MSc
  • 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 medicine and 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

How to apply

Application deadlines

We will start considering applications in October. We consider applications in batches and make a proportion of offers at a set point each month, starting from November.

It takes four to six weeks to process an application and make a decision. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to interview.

Please note that there is not a set application deadline for this course but we strongly encourage candidates to apply before 1 July.

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

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

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

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

Full fee - £12,600
Top-up fee* - £2,520

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £10,080
Top-up fee* - £3,780

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £6,300

* 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 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

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 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.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

Full fee - £36,700
Top-up fee* - £7,340

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £29,360
Top-up fee* - £11,010

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £18,350

* 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 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 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

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 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.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships 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: allergypgs@imperial.ac.uk

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