About this course
We are a World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence.
Develop your professional practice and improve your patient outcomes with this part-time or full-time, flexible PGDip Allergy course. We'll ensure you can translate current best practice into improved patient care.
This diploma comprehensively covers allergic disease in both paediatric and adult patients and is suitable if you're working in a hospital or community, as a doctor, nurse, dietitian or pharmacist. It’s our ambition that you leave this PGDip allergy course as a leader in real-world allergy care, able to disseminate knowledge on to your teams.
The course is highly flexible, and you can choose to study part-time over 2 to 4 years, or full-time for 1 year. Through our online delivery, we provide a flexible learning environment that gives you control over how, when and where you study. Our course is a blend of synchronous live and asynchronous recorded sessions, designed to allow you to engage with our expert teachers and your fellow students, whilst enabling you to personalise your experience and learn at your own pace.
Our online programme is delivered through our award winning virtual learning environment.
You can choose to focus on:
- allergic airways disease
- skin and drug allergy
- food allergy
- clinical research skills
- teaching the teachers to teach
- designing your own learning experience in allergy to benefit your work needs
The course lecturers are all actively involved in clinical practice or research.
Develop your professional practice and improve your patient outcomes with this part-time or full-time, flexible PG Dip Allergy course. We'll ensure you can translate current best practice into improved patient care.
If you prefer, you can apply to study this course as:
- a full-time PG Diploma - study the same course content over 1 year
- a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) - you can choose to study full-time over 1 year or part-time over 2 years, and will not need to write a dissertation
- an MSc Allergy degree - study part-time 2 to 5 years or full-time for 1 year
If you are not quite ready for the PG Diploma yet, then you can start the PG Cert and progress to this when you are ready. If you then want to carry on, you can complete the dissertation and get the full MSc.
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option.
This PG Dip Allergy course is led by Professor Judith Holloway, who was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2017 for her work in allergy education. This award recognises individuals who have made an outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education.
For more information visit Judith's staff profile
“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.”
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
You need at least a 2:2 degree in a relevant subject.
This course is also available as an intercalation degree for undergraduate medical students.
We may also consider an application if you have a relevant professional qualification, for example you may be a registered nurse without an undergraduate degree.
You must submit all supporting documents, including evidence that you can satisfy our English language requirement, when you submit your application.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
This part-time diploma is taken from 2 to 4 years. If you'd like to complete the diploma sooner you can choose to study full-time for 1 year, from September to September. The diploma can also be a building-block to a full master's in Allergy.
We take a mixed learning approach. Most of our students continue to work while studying, so our online modules allow you to join us for live sessions where you will engage with our expert teachers and your fellow students and benefit from rich discussions. Additional recorded sessions can be watched each week at your convenience which makes it possible to study alongside your other commitments. Engaging with the blend of live sessions and recordings within each teaching week allows you to synthesise your learning as you go to get the most from our modules.
Don't worry if you haven't studied for a while; study skills are embedded into your modules and you'll get plenty of support to help you back into studying.
For this postgraduate diploma you must complete and pass the core module ‘Foundations of Allergic Disease’. This gives you a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and management of allergic diseases, along with study skills.
You'll then choose between 4 and 6 optional modules, depending on their size. Each module is taught just once each year and represents up to 200 hours of study time.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
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.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following module:
You must also choose from the following modules:
Learning and assessment
This is a highly interactive degree, where you'll learn to make informed judgements in clinical and scientific context and communicate these to other professionals, parents and patients. Our online modules are delivered using a blend of live online teaching sessions which you should attend, and additional supplementary recordings. During your sessions learning will be as applied as possible. Between these sessions you'll use our e-learning portal to engage with tutors and fellow students and develop your learning.
As well as lectures and tutorials you'll learn through:
- interactive case histories
- developing an allergy action plan
- teaching session planning and delivery
- patient diagnosis and management plans
- critical appraisal of own teaching practice
- professional portfolio of clinical experience
This is a practical allergy testing course with demonstrations in:
- skin prick and lung function testing
- adrenaline autoinjectors
- inhalers and nasal sprays
- history taking and examinations
- IgE (immunoglobulin E) allergen testing and food challenges
We'll assess you through a variety of methods, including:
- reflective accounts and written assignments
- clinical case reports
- data analysis and reporting
There is also a science e-learning package available with self-assessment.
You won't need to complete a dissertation as part of the diploma course, however, once you've completed this diploma if you did want to study further and do a dissertation you'll be able to progress to a full master's award.
You'll have your own personal academic tutor, and you'll have individual support, with access to the Faculty of Medicine’s staff and resources. Group support will be available through regular online tutorials.
This PGDip Allergy course is aimed at healthcare professionals including doctors, nurses, dietitians and pharmacists providing clinical care both in the community and hospitals for adult and paediatric patients with allergy. It’s our ambition to create tomorrow’s leaders in the field of allergy management.
As well as learning about multiple aspects of allergy this course will:
- develop your problem-solving and research evidence skills
- make you part of a community of allergy specialists, learning from the experience of your peers around the world, as well as our staff
- develop your leadership skills in clinical allergy and allergy-related issues
- give you strategies for your continuing professional development and lifelong learning
- give you the skills to teach your colleagues, which will improve your clinical service delivery
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a thriving entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study (charged in years 1 and 2 only):
- UK students pay £3,083.
- EU and international students pay £6,898.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and any exams.
Find out how to pay your tuition fees.
Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Extra costs you might have to pay
The fees stated are for the part-time version of this course, please see the fees table for the full-time fees for this course.
You only pay tuition fees in years 1 and 2 when studying part-time on this course.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
MSc Allergy Natasha Bursaries (UK only)
We are delighted to be able to offer MSc Allergy Natasha Bursaries following a very generous gift from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation.
These bursaries are designed to help meet the cost of tuition fees and are available to UK citizens studying on any of our Allergy courses, including single modules, the Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or the Master's.
Applications open on 1st April and must be submitted by the deadline of 30th June 2022 for all study to be undertaken in 2022-23.
Please ensure that the responses to all questions on your application form are as informative as possible to enhance your chance of a successful outcome. All applications are considered in competition with others in the same round.
Other postgraduate funding options
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page, or if you have any questions. email the programme team at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are an international student, you do not need a visa to study online with us.
Make sure we receive your application at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. This gives us time to consider your application, if there are still places available.
Make sure we receive your application at least 6 weeks before the start of the course.
This gives us time to consider your application, if there are still places available. It will also give you time to apply for a visa if we offer you a place.
Application assessment fee
We’ll ask you to pay a £50 application assessment fee if you’re applying for any postgraduate taught course that starts in or after September 2021.
This is an extra one-off charge which is separate to your tuition fees. It covers the work and time it takes us to assess your application. You’ll be prompted to pay when you submit your application which won’t progress until you've paid.
If you're a current or former University of Southampton student, if you're applying for a Master of Research (MRes) degree, or if you're applying for a PGCE course via UCAS, you will not need to pay the fee. Find out if you’re exempt on our terms and conditions page.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
- a personal statement
- evidence of professional qualifications
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We'll assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll aim to get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
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