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MSc Allergy

Our MSc Allergy course is designed to help health care professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, nurses, dieticians and professionals in many health care sectors to gain a greater understanding of allergic diseases and to be able to translate this knowledge into their everyday practice.

This course is available full time and part time and provides flexibility to enable you to study alongside your other commitments. The programme can be tailored to fulfil your career aspirations, with individual planning for each student when they start the course. This programme aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease. It is also available as a Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate.

The core module gives a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and management of allergic diseases, and we offer a widespread range of optional modules.

We offer a high level of support, both for your hospital-based and distance learning. There is also an excellent distance learning library, with access to many online journals and course documentation to ensure you are well supported in your study.

The MSc Allergy is the flagship of the allergy education provided at Southampton, and our education, clinical innovation and research has been recognised with the award of the World Allergy Organisation's Centre of Excellence 2014-19. Professor Hasan Arshad, our Food Allergy module leader, a consultant at Southampton General and chair of allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Southampton, said: "To be named the world centre of excellence is a tremendous achievement and testament to the magnificent progress in education, patient care and research by some truly exceptional people."

Be at the frontline of scientific development battling allergies such as eczema, asthma, hayfever and coeliac disease. Our Masters in Allergy course is ideal for health care professionals who want to specialise in the treatment and diagnosis of allergic disease. This course is designed to create the next generation of healthcare pioneers and has recently been awarded the title of 'The World Allergy Organisation's Centre for Excellence'.

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Introducing your degree

Our MSc Allergy course is designed to help health care professionals including GPs, hospital-based doctors, nurses and dietitians to gain a greater understanding of allergic diseases and to be able to translate this knowledge into their everyday practice.  This masters degree programme, which holds the status of World Allergy Organisation Centre of Excellence, aims to develop knowledge and understanding of the mechanisms and management of allergic disease.  Our interprofessional approach enables students from different disciplines and professions to interact and learn from each other.

Understanding allergies


Duration: 1 year full time, up to 5 years part time

This postgraduate programme is designed to help you treat your patients better; we provide health care professionals with effective education and training in the mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and management of allergic disease. Our course will enable you to manage both adults and children with allergy more effectively.

Through the knowledge and understanding you will gain with us, you will also be able to develop and improve your health care provision, through your ability to cascade education to your colleagues, and adult and paediatric patients and their families.

The programme in the Faculty of Medicine provides opportunities for you to develop and demonstrate scientific understanding, clinical knowledge, practical skills, and critical thinking qualities.

This programme aims to:

  • Enhance your educational and professional expertise in all core areas of allergy, having developed appropriate knowledge, understanding and professional skills to improve your practice.
  • Develop your ability to integrate research evidence into all aspects of decision making and to apply knowledge, analytical and critical thinking skills to make sound judgements about data applicable to the care of allergic patients.
  • Enable you to demonstrate leadership in clinical allergy and allergy-related issues.
  • Evaluate the psychological impact of living with allergy so that through empathy, the diagnosis, management and eventual compliance of patients can be improved.
  • Develop your approach to solving problems, building on a logical and hierarchical approach that allows you to justify personal and professional decisions through critical evaluation and synthesis of relevant theories, empirical evidence and experience to best optimise professional practice.
  • Develop strategies for your continuing professional development (CPD) and lifelong learning in relevant aspects of allergy.
  • Apply an evidence-based approach to critically evaluate current literature, and develop the skills needed to successfully complete a research project or professional review.

Visit the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

To apply please click on the Apply Now button on the top right of the page. Please note this programme is offered by the Faculty of Medicine, please choose the Faculty of Medicine in the drop down menu on the application form.

Please visit the Entry requirements tab above for further information on the application process.

Applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the module/programme. In addition, you must have supplied all of the required supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your module/programme.

Course enquiries and information

Admissions Team
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 4231
+44(0)23 8120 6585

Programme Leader: Dr Judith Holloway




Our programme is recognised by the World Allergy Organisation, accredited by the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and is quotable through the Hong Kong Medical Council.

Programme Structure

The programme can be tailored to best meet your career aspirations, and lets you plan your specific programme route at the start of your studies with us.  Our part time course provides flexibility to cater for the needs of a diverse range of students, enabling you to study alongside your other commitments. 

We also accommodate students on our "step on, step off" programme allowing you to start the programme and complete the full MSc, or exit with a Postgraduate Certificate in Allergy, the Principles of Allergy or a Postgraduate Diploma.

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Allergy (PG Cert): Up to 2 years (30 ECTS)
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Allergy (PG Dip): Up to 4 years (60 ECTS)
  • Master of Science in Allergy (MSc): Up to 5 years (90 ECTS)

Single Modules

All our modules are available as stand alone modules where successful students will be awarded the relevant credits gained. These awards are Postgraduate Credits in Medicine.  The total credits that students can do should be less than 30 ECTS (the credits required for the PG Cert).

CPD Short Courses

Our modules are also available as CPD short courses where participants can benefit from the knowledge without undergoing assessment.  The name of this programme is the PG Non-credit Medicine programme.

Key Facts

  • Allergy Programme Leader Dr Judith Holloway has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy.
  • Our MSc programme is fit for purpose, and designed to provide you with the skills to be able to treat patients better through your education at Southampton, and to be able to pass your specialist allergy knowledge on to your colleagues.
  • We will provide you with key translatable and transferrable skills which can be used to write up your work as manuscripts for publication, present posters at national or international conferences, give oral presentations to your colleagues, develop education materials for your patients and importantly reflect on your experiences and how they will translate to your practice.
  • Our Dissertation now includes the option of a Professional Project, a route that provides an alternative to traditional research and which gives our students a choice that may be more relevant to their practice.
  • The MSc Allergy is endorsed by the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology which is the national professional and academic society that represents the specialty of allergy at all levels.
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“When I researched MSc options relating to immunology, and the Southampton MSc in Allergy suited me best as it was a great combination of science and it's clinical application to understanding the diseases and their treatments.”

Johanne Bonner - MSc Allergy
World Allergy Organisation 2014
World Allergy Organisation 2014
British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Improving allergy care
MSc Allergy leaflet

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

Application Requirements

Second class honours degree, or ability to study at HE7 in the form of (i) a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level or (ii) relevant post-qualifying professional experience. The programme is also open to undergraduate medical students who wish to intercalate during their medical studies, who must have successfully completed at least three years of their medical degree and achieved 60% or above in all Year 3 assessments.

As part of the application process, candidates are asked to write a personal statement to explain their motivation for wishing to take the course and to indicate their future career plans. This should also cover the following areas:

What is your professional role?

In that role, what are your experiences of working with allergic disease?

Why do you want to study a postgraduate qualification in Allergy?

How do you intend to use your qualification in the future?

Two academic references will also be required.

To Apply 

The MSc Allergy course is now taking applications for the PG Certificate, PG Diploma and MSc Allergy itself (see below). Applications are considered throughout the year and successful students are offered a place on the course. Places are limited, so we therefore encourage anyone interested in the course to apply as soon as possible.

Dates: The start date for all programmes is September/October on our Foundations of Allergic Disease module. The (provisional) module dates for the 2017-18 academic year are given on the individual module pages. These dates are subject to confirmation by the Curriculum team. To apply for the MSc Allergy, please use our online application form. Please state Faculty of Medicine when asked on the online form. 

Applications must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the programme. In addition, you must have supplied all of the required supporting documentation two weeks prior to starting your programme. We recommend that international students apply at least 6 weeks before the programme starts to ensure that they are able meet our requirements and are able to apply for a visa in time. We cannot guarantee that students who apply later than this, will be able to begin the programme that year.

Students applying for a single module should complete the paper form which can be requested from the admissions team. The application must be received no later than four weeks before the start of the module.

The Admissions Office in Medicine will keep in contact with you throughout the admissions process and we will ensure you have all the information you need before you arrive here to make your first few weeks easier for you.

International students

Medicine's International Student Advisor is available to assist and support students both before arriving in Southampton and during their studies here. Information on medical care, accommodation, English language support, settling in, and postgraduate life in the UK can also be found on our website.

The MSc Allergy is also approved as a quotable qualification by the Hong Kong Medical Council.

Visa information for full time students can be found on this website.  For the part time MSc Allergy course our students are only eligible to apply for entry to the UK as a visiting student. Visiting student visas are issued for up to 6 months at a time. For further information about applying for a student visitor visa please contact

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


Typical course content

Our Core module, the Foundations of Allergic Disease, gives a comprehensive overview of the mechanisms and management of allergic diseases.  In addition we offer a range of optional modules for students to tailor the course to their needs.  All MSc students will also receive training in research skills and statistics in preparation for their dissertation.

Year 1

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

Our optional modules are:

(i) Food Allergy, (ii) Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis and (iii) Allergic Airways Disease. There are practical sessions both taught in the modules and available as optional extras.

The Work Based Learning module allows students to design their own learning experience in allergy to benefit their needs. Training is provided in the Clinical Research Skills module and the Dissertation is undertaken for the MSc itself and can be the traditional research route or via a Professional Project.

In addition, it is also possible for students to take modules relevant to Health Care from a choice across the University. In this way, students can gain additional experience in subjects such as Leadership in the NHS, Assessment of Nutritional Status and more.

You will receive online copies of teaching material as well as links to useful study materials for all of our taught modules. This will allow you to continue your investigation in your own home and/or work environments when producing your course work. We pride ourselves on having helpful and approachable teaching and support staff and encourage students to contact us whenever support or guidance is needed.

Teaching dates for 2017-18 are:

Foundations of Allergic Disease: 27-29 Sept 2017 (Block 1) and 18-20 Oct 2017 (Block 2) 
Food Allergy:   8-10 Nov 2017 (Block 1) and 29 Nov - 1 Dec 2017 (Block 2)
Teaching the Teachers to Teach:  12-15 Dec 2017
Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis:   10-12 Jan 2018 (Block 1) and 31 Jan, 1-2 Feb 2018 (Block 2)
Allergic Airways Disease:   21-23 Feb 2018 (Block 1) and 14-16 Mar 2018 (Block 2)
Clinical Research Skills:   16-20 Apr 2018
Work Based Learning:   17 Jan - 28 Mar 2018 (virtual) 
Dissertation FT:   11 Jun 2018 - 19 Sep 2018 
Dissertation PT:  11 Jun 2018 - 4 Apr 2019 

Foundations of Allergic Disease

The Foundations of Allergic Disease module is compulsory for all awards, and lays the foundations of knowledge of the immunological mechanisms underlying common allergic manifestations and the most up-to-date diagnostic and therapeutic techniques available to manage allergic disease. There are practical sessions both taught in the modules, and available as optional extras. This module is worth 10 ECTS (20 CATS).

Foundations of Allergic Disease
Clinical Research Skills
Allergy Dissertation
Food Allergy
Eczema, Urticaria and Anaphylaxis
Allergic Airways Diseases
Clinical Research Skills
Work Based Learning in Allergy
Teaching the Teachers to Teach

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.

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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:

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

Learning & Assessment

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