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Allergy (PGDip)

Postgraduate Diploma
2 to 4 years
Course Type
Online only
Next course starts
September 2023

About this course

The postgraduate diploma (PGDip) in Allergy is for healthcare professionals who want to: 

  • improve their understanding of allergic diseases in adults and children  
  • use that knowledge in their everyday practice 

It is an online course that you can complete in 2 to 4 years part time or 1 year full time. You must take one mandatory learning module but can then choose from 8 optional ones. 

 Once you complete the PGDip, you can opt to continue your studies on the MSc Allergy, which involves writing a dissertation. 

If you’re a doctor, nurse, dietitian, clinical psychologist or pharmacist working in a hospital or your community, this distance learning course can help you: 

  • better understand the mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic diseases 
  • make more accurate diagnoses, improve patient care and develop innovative solutions to your clinic’s challenges 
  • better communicate your decisions and the reasoning behind them to other professionals, parents and patients 

Depending on what areas you want to develop your clinical practice in, you can choose from modules that cover: 

  • allergic airways disease 
  • skin and drug allergy 
  • food allergy 
  • clinical research skills 
  • teaching allergy to others 
  • developing an innovative clinical solution in an area of your choice 

We are recognised as a Centre of World Allergy Excellence and our courses are taught by leaders in the field of allergy. By the time you’ve completed the PGDip Allergy course, you’ll be well on your way to becoming an expert in real-world allergy care. You’ll also have the skills to share what you've learned. 

Course lead

This PGDip is led by Professor Judith Holloway, who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her work in allergy education. This award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student achievement at university. 

You can get in touch with the team by emailing


“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, graduate

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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