Faculty of Medical Sciences Online Learning


Allergy (E-learning)

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  • Module Leader: Dr Gill Vance
  • Lecturer: Dr Neil Davidson, Dr Louise Michaelis, Dr Helen Bourne, Dr Paul Whitaker; Dr Suzy Leech, Dr Matt Thomas, Dr Mike McKean  
Module length: 14 weeks (includes induction week, 8 topic weeks, 3 assessment weeks and a ‘breather’ week)
Starts: April
Credit value:  20
Study hours: 200


This module is accredited by the Royal College of General Practitioner (RCGP) and endorsed by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) for continuing professional development.  The module enables you to gain a greater understanding of the theoretical and immunological basis of allergy and link this with every day clinical practice.

Allergy affects the skin, gut, nose and chest, and can result in anaphylaxis.  Allergy is the commonest chronic condition of childhood, and indeed, this group of disorders is becoming increasingly prevalent, but more complex. Effective recognition and management can have significant benefits for patient symptoms, risk of fatality and day-day quality of life.

The module takes you through the core allergy topics of immunology, anaphylaxis, food allergy (including non-IgE allergy [previously known as intolerance]), eczema, urticaria, drug allergy, asthma and allergic rhinitis. It is designed to integrate ‘theory and practice’, taking account of new research findings and emerging treatments.

It is an ideal course for medical trainees, GPs or hospital doctors, nurses or allied health professionals who see adults or children with these disorders and wish to develop their knowledge and understanding of the problems and enhance their clinical skill set.  

Student Accolades 

“A high point of the allergy module was the webinars which brought learners ‘virtually’ together and allowed fantastic faculty facilitated discussion that was a refreshing way to learn and network. Short bite sized tutorials, interactive group work, quiz, self-directed reflective logs and case scenarios all built the momentum and prepared us for the assignment.  The programme will go a long way in raising the standards of managing and delivering allergy services.” Sachin Mannikar, Consultant Paediatrician

“I absolutely loved the allergy module and would recommend it to any professional who is involved with allergy within their professional life.” Anne Conway, Health Visitor, Copeland Health Visiting Team

Online Teaching 

You’ll have opportunity to utilise a number of teaching modalities, as well as direct tutor dialogue through webinar and collaboration with other students in online activities. The activities are intended to promote critical appraisal, case management and greater understanding of the relevant evidence based practice and emerging treatments. These activities are:   

  • Guided Independent Study
  • Online recorded mini-lectures
  • Case interpretation
  • Student-led group activity
  • Topic specific webinars
  • Reflective learning activity
  • Discussion boards

Online Assessment

You will submit your work for assessment via Blackboard virtual learning environment and will receive feedback electronically.  Online assessment will be through a blend of:

  • Recorded presentation of a clinical case
  • Critical appraisal of the literature
  • Case-based assessment – data interpretation and management  

Funding opportunities

We have received sponsorship from several pharmaceutical companies to allow us to allocate a limited number of funded places on the Allergy module, each year:

  • Allergy Therapeutics (UK) Ltd
  • ALK-Abello Ltd
  • Aptamil Professional 
  • Danone Nutricia (Early Life Nutrition)
  • Mead Johnson
  • Meda Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutricia Advanced Medical Nutrition
  • The Graham and Jenny Watson Memorial Fund
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific

Any health professional who provides allergy clinical care and who would like to develop their practice in this field can apply.

Please contact us stating your interest in applying for the Allergy module funding.

Educational bursaries are also available from Allergy UK.

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