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MSc Allergy

Our flexible programme will ensure you are ready to meet the global challenge of the rise in the number of people suffering from allergic diseases. One fifth of the world’s population (particularly children and young adults) is now affected by allergy, and the complexity and severity of their conditions is increasing.

As a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, we will give you a greater understanding of allergic diseases and how to provide better treatment for your patients by translating your knowledge into your everyday practice. You will be based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton.

Introducing your degree

The MSc Allergy programme draws on our clinical, research and education strengths. Its multidisciplinary nature makes it suitable for GPs, hospital-based doctors, nurses, dietitians and scientists who are involved with adult and paediatric patients.

You will be brought up to date with current best practice, allowing you to improve your management of patients with allergies. You will also gain the skills to share your allergy knowledge with colleagues and patients.

Our flexible postgraduate course offers you the option of tailoring your learning to suit your needs. You can choose from studying single modules, PG Certificate, PG Diploma or the full MSc Allergy. We have full time and part time study options.

Understanding allergies

Overview

You will be based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton – and will get the opportunity to improve your skills in supporting all allergy patients more effectively; develop your scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills and critical thinking qualities; and improve your ability to disseminate your expertise.

You can choose from single modules, a full-time MSc programme (one year) and part-time PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc programmes (two to five years).

Download the relevant programme specification

View the programme specification for the full-time course for 2018/19 entrants

View the programme specification for the part-time course for 2018/19 entrants

View the postgraduate certificate programme specification for this full-time course for 2018/19 entrants

View the postgraduate certificate programme specification for this part-time course for 2018/19 entrants

View the postgraduate diploma programme specification for this full-time course for 2018/19 entrants

View the postgraduate diploma programme specification for this part-time course for 2018/19 entrants

 

To Apply

Applications for the MSc, PG Diploma and PG Certificate in Allergy, and single modules are considered throughout the year. Places are limited, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. The start date for all programmes is September/October. Start dates for single modules can be found on the module tab.

Applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the programme (or single module) and you must supply all supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your course. We recommend international students apply at least six weeks before the start of the programme to ensure they are able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time. We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their programme that year.

Course enquiries and information

For specific enquiries about allergy programmes and modules:

Email: allergy@southampton.ac.uk

For general admissions and application enquiries:

Email: pgtapply.fm@southampton.ac.uk

Tel: +44(0)23 8059 4231

Programme Leader: Dr Judith Holloway

Accreditation

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Our MSc Allergy programme is:

Recognised by the World Allergy Organization

Accredited by the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Quotable through the Medical Council of Hong Kong

Programme Structure

Southampton’s MSc Allergy is a flexible, multidisciplinary masters programme giving you the choice of studying full time for one year, or completing the course in two to five years on a part-time basis.

A range of options are on offer, allowing you to tailor the course to meet your specific learning needs, and to help you achieve your career aspirations.

The flexibility of our programme means you don’t have to commit to the full MSc from the beginning. You can start by taking a single module and then upgrade to the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or MSc in Allergy.

Modules are typically offered in blocks of three to four days, making it ideal to study alongside your other commitments, and accessible for international students or those who live outside the region.

The MSc programme will lead to 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The award is classified as pass, merit or distinction. The Postgraduate Certificate will lead to 30 ECTS and the Postgraduate Diploma will lead to 60 ECTS.

Key Facts

  • A World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, one of only two in the UK
  • Our MSc is endorsed by the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
  • Programme designed by Dr Judith Holloway – winner of a National Teaching Fellowship award from the Higher Education Academy
  • Integrated course comprehensively covering both paediatric and adult allergy
  • Provides you with the skills to treat patients better and pass on your specialist knowledge to colleagues
  • Develop a greater understanding of the complexities of allergy management
  • A flexible programme offering a ‘step on, step off’ approach, allowing you to study single modules , a postgraduate certificate, a postgraduate diploma or the full MSc
  • A range of bursaries are available
  • Based at one of the country’s leading teaching hospitals – University Hospital Southampton
  • Draws on Southampton’s clinical, research and education strengths

MSc Allergy

Programme Lead and National Teaching Fellow, Associate Professor Judith Holloway, talks about her passion for teaching the allergy experts.

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“The University provides students with an excellent grounding in the immunology and clinical aspects of allergy from a world class faculty coupled with unrivalled support from course leaders.”

Adam Fox - Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy
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“It is thanks to my training at Southampton that I am a world-leading dietitian in the field of allergic diseases.”

Carina Venter - Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy, 2003; PhD in Allergy and Immunology

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Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

English language requirement

The course is taught entirely in English. The Faculty of Medicine requires a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0 or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate what level of English they have attained.

Selection process

Intake: Approximately 25

A second-class honours degree is required, or the ability to study at HE7 in the form of a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level, or relevant post-qualifying professional experience.

The programme is also open to undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies and have successfully completed at least three years of their degree and achieved 60 percent or above in all of their Year 3 assessments.

Applicants will be asked to submit a personal statement explaining their motivation for wanting to take the course and indicating their future career plans. It should also include information about the following:

  • your professional role
  • your experience of working with allergic disease
  • why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in allergy
  • how you intend to use your qualification in the future

Two academic references are also required.

English language requirements

For entry onto our courses, you will need an acceptable English language qualification such as IELTS 7.0 overall, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

Our modules are available for you to take singly, either as Continued Professional Development (CPD) or with assessment, or the modules can be taken as part of your programme (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc).

Introductory core module:

  • Foundations of Allergic Disease - provides basic science and clinical knowledge along with study skills, giving you with the underpinning for the rest of your postgraduate studies

Optional modules (covering all aspects of allergic disease):

Training is also provided in Clinical Research Skills (core for MSc) which prepares you for your Dissertation project (core for MSc). This can be the traditional research route or via a professional project.

You can gain additional experience by choosing from health care-relevant modules offered across the University. For a full list of optional modules visit the Medicine CPD page and the Health Sciences CPD page.

Module dates

ModulesDate
 Foundations of Allergic Disease Block 1  26-28 September, 2018
 Foundations of Allergic Disease Block 2  17-19 October, 2018
 Allergic Airways Disease Block 1  7-9 November, 2018
 Allergic Airways Disease Block 2  28-30, November
 Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis Block 1  13-15 February, 2019
 Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis Block 2  6-8 March, 2019
 Food Allergy Block 1  27-29 March, 2019
 Food Allergy Block 2  24-26 April, 2019
 Teaching the Teachers to Teach  29 Jan – 1 Feb, 2019
 Work Based Learning  13 March - 22 May, 2019
 Clinical Research Skills Block 1  12-14 December, 2018
 Clinical Research Skills Block 2  9-11th January, 2019
 Dissertation FT (full-time)  3 June – 17 Sept, 2019 
 Dissertation PT (part-time)  3 June – 7 April, 2020 

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name.

View the full list of course fees

Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In addition to this, students registered for this programme typically also have to pay for:

TypeDescriptionCost
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted online. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit online and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. The University printing costs are currently: A4 – 5p per side (black and white) or 25p per side (colour). A3 – 10p per side (black and white) or 50p per side (colour). Details about printing costs for academic posters can be found here: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/printcentre/exhibition/academicposters.page£0.50-0.50

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryApproved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570. This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
EquipmentIT: Hardware Across all campuses and most halls of residence approximately 1700 computer workstations are available. Students may wish to purchase their own desktop/laptop/tablet computer to support their studies. This is entirely optional.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Our programme is aimed at healthcare professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, nurses, dietitians and scientists who are involved with adult and paediatric patients with allergy.

You can enhance your professional skills and improve your career potential by developing a greater understanding of the complexities of allergy management.

You will:

  • enhance your educational and professional expertise in all core areas of allergy;
  • develop your ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision making;
  • be able to demonstrate leadership in clinical allergy and allergy-related issues;
  • be prepared to move your career forward as an allergy nurse, a dietitian, or a hospital doctor or GP with a special interest in allergy
  • evaluate the psychological impact of living with allergy to improve the diagnosis, management and compliance of patients;
  • develop your approach to problem-solving to best optimise professional practice;
  • develop strategies for your continuing professional development and lifelong learning;
  • be able to apply an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate current literature and develop the skills required to successfully complete a dissertation project;
  • develop skills to teach your colleagues and improve your clinical service delivery.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

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