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MSc Allergy

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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.

We are also delighted to be able to offer Natasha Bursaries following a very generous gift from the Natasha Allergy Research Foundation. These bursaries are available to UK citizens studying on all our programmes, including single modules, the PG Certificate, PG Diploma and the MSc Allergy itself. To find out details of how to apply, visit Fees and Funding Bursaries page.

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.

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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
Understanding allergies

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).

Please note this programme is subject to revalidation

Download the relevant programme specification:

View the MSc programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification addendum for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification addendum for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the programme specification addendum for this course for 2020/21 entrants

View the MSc programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

View the PG Cert programme specification for this course for 2021/22 entrants

View the PG Dip programme specification for this course for 2021/22 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:

For general admissions and application enquiries: Email: Tel: +44(0)23 80594408



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.

Find out what our students have to say about their experiences

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 Prof 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, 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 FoxPostgraduate Diploma in Allergy

Typical entry requirements

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

The course is taught entirely in English. We require a minimum overall IELTS score of 7.0, with at least 6.0 per component, or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University, visit our English Language Proficiency page for more information. Those for whom English is not their first language are asked to indicate what level of English they have attained. If you don't have these English Language qualifications, you might be able to take a pre-master's course, which will give you a direct route onto this master's course, improve your subject knowledge and develop your English language skills.

Find out more about our premaster's programmes.

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

Typical course content

Our modules are available for you to take as part of your programme (PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc) or as a single module, either for Continued Professional Development (CPD) or with assessment for credits.

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.


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).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
AllergyMSc 2020Full-time£9,250£18,812
Allergy (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)MSc 2020Part-time£4,625£9,406
Allergy (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGDip 2020Part-time£3,083£6,270
AllergyPGCert 2020Full-time£3,083 £6,270
Allergy (fees charged in years 1 and 2 only)PGCert 2020Part-time£1,542£3,135
Allergy single modules 10 ects 2019n/a£1,028£2,135
View the full list of course fees


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:

List of additional costs for this course
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:£0.50-0.50

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

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

Our programme is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your specific needs, whether that is to enhance your professional skills by taking a single module, or further your career by taking the PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc in Allergy.

You will be supported by internationally renowned specialists to develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease, and gain practical training in the methods used to diagnose them.

The programme includes a variety of teaching and learning methods including seminars, tutorials, lectures, discussions, practicals, and problem-solving activities and you will receive online copies of teaching material, as well as links to useful study materials for all taught modules.

You will be tested through a combination of formative and summative assessments that may include essays and other written assignments, multiple choice questions, practical work, questions and answers, and oral presentations.

We ensure all of our students, whether UK or overseas, receive all the support they need to make the most of their time studying at Southampton


Study locations

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