Medical discussionPG Certificate: 9 months part-time
: 2 or 3 years part-time

Start date: October 2017
St Mary's

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

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

About the course


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. 


All students enrol on the PG Certificate in Allergy in the first instance. This is also the first year of the MSc course. 

Students successfully completing all elements of Year 1 may choose to leave the programme with the PG Cert qualification, or waive this degree and proceed to the full MSc, which can be completed in a further one or two years.

Students not wishing to progress to the MSc can still study the Year 2 clinical modules as short courses with Continuing Professional Development accreditation. These short courses are also available to external students who have not registered for the PG Cert/MSc programmes.

Year 1 (PG Cert):  You attend St. Mary’s Hospital Medical School for three five-day (Monday-Friday) blocks as follows:

  • October – The Scientific Basis of Allergy
  • January – The Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Disease
  • April – The Cutting Edge of Allergy

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.

Assessments:  Module 1 assessment is an examination that takes place on the first day of Module 2 teaching week. The written assignments for Modules 2 and 3 each comprise a 2,500-word assignment which is submitted online.

Years 2 and 3:  In the second year you choose four out of six optional two-day teaching modules to attend at St. Mary's Hospital (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 choose your preferred modules from the following topics:

  • Food Allergy module (November)
  • Allergic Gastrointestinal Disease module (November)
  • Asthma and Allergic Airways Disease module (March)
  • Allergic Rhinitis and Hay Fever module (March)
  • Allergic Skin Disease module (June)
  • Paediatric Allergy module (June)

MSc students 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.

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

Entry requirements

Minimum academic requirement

2:1 Honours degree in a healthcare-related subject, typically 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 requirements

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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £5,000
  • MSc: £750 per module
  • MSc project: £2,000

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • PG Cert: £15,300
  • MSc: £3,200 per module
  • MSc project: £6,100

Please note that the tuition fee amount you will pay may increase each year.

Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Please note that students taking the course over three years are not eligible for the Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Further information

Find out more about these courses, including detailed course content:

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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

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 2017 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.

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