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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 2018
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.

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.

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

You complete three modules by attending a five-day (Monday-Friday) teaching block for each module in one academic year (usually in October, January and April). You also complete extensive additional studies through online learning resources.

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

After completing the PG Cert modules in year 1, you attend six core modules in Year 2. Each module lasts two days (these are organised so that two modules run in the same week, to help minimise travel to London). These modules are usually run in November, February and June. You submit an assignment on each module.

Master's Degree (MSc)

In addition to completing the PgCert and PGDip modules, you will complete a research project and write up a dissertation. You can submit this either in Year 2, or in Year 3 for those wishing to spread the academic workload.

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.

Structure

Postgraduate Certificate

Core modules

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

The Scientific Basis on Allergy

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

This module covers the immune mechanisms underlying the spectrum of allergic diseases, and how this relates to their clinical presentation, classification, diagnostic tests and therapeutic strategies. Interactive and practical sessions, group work as well as extensive online materials will facilitate learning. Students will also have exposure to patients attending a specialist tertiary allergy centre.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Disease

Module leader: Dr Helen Cox

This module will enable students to develop advanced evidence-based knowledge and skills to diagnose and manage allergic diseases in children and adults. Clinical manifestations, differential diagnoses, impact on quality of life, diagnostic tests and management strategies will be covered through lectures, interactive sessions and case-based discussions. Practical skills such as history taking, clinical decision making and treatment administration will be developed through ‘messy play’, group work and ‘rol play’ sessions.

The Cutting Edge of Allergy

Module leaders: Dr Robert Boyle and Dr Marta Vazquez-Ortiz

This module will cover the most recent research advances advances in prevention, diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases and how this can be applied in clinical practice. It will also enable students acquire the knowledge and skills to turn ideas into their own research projects. This will be done through lectures, interactive sessions, group work, pro-con debate, poster and oral presentations.

Postgraduate Diploma

Core modules

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

Allergic Airways Disease and Asthma

Module leaders: Prof Andrew Bush, Prof 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 Jenny Epstein, Dr John Fell and Dr Eleanor Minshall

This module will cover the pathophysiology, clinical presentation, advanced diagnostic work-up (including differential diagnoses) and therapeutic approach for allergic gastrointestinal diseases, such 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 Skin Disease

Module leaders: Dr Sarah Wakelin and 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 and 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 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

Rhinitis, Rhinosinusitis and Allergen 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. 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.

Master's degree (MSc)

Core module

  • Research Project

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods

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

Assessment methods

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

Entry requirements

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).

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.

How to apply

All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.

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 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 the PG Cert before you can progress to the MSc.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

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.

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)

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.

Contact us

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Got a question?

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

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