Training in immunology
To work as a consultant in immunology, you can begin your career as a medical doctor or as a clinical scientist. Medically-qualified doctors need to complete specialty training in immunology, whilst scientists need to complete Higher Specialty Specific Training (HSST) in immunology to become a consultant clinical scientist.
The medical route
What are the entry requirements?
To enter training to be a consultant immunologist, you’ll need to:
- qualify as a doctor
- register with the General Medical Council (GMC)
- complete the UK Foundation Training Programme or equivalent
- complete two years Core Medical Training (CMT) or Acute Care Common Stem (ACCS) training
- gain membership to the Royal College of Physicians.
How long will it take?
After your CMT or ACCS, specialty training in immunology takes five years if you’re training full-time. There might be opportunities to extend your training, by undertaking research or out-of-programme training.
What will my training cover?
Your training will equip you to deliver a diagnostic immunology laboratory service, as you expand your knowledge to investigate and manage cases of congenital and acquired immunodeficiency disorders, autoimmune – including rheumatic – disease, and allergic diseases. You’ll learn the principles underlying organ and stem cell transplantation, and will be required to demonstrate key generic skills like communication and team-working, in accordance with Good Medical Practice.
What exams will I take?
To complete your training, you’ll be required to pass the following.
- FRCPath Part 1 in Immunology – this aims to determine whether you have successfully acquired a core body of knowledge that will underpin your ability to practise in Immunology.
- FRCPath Part 2 in Immunology – this is designed to test your practical skills and understanding, and show that you can apply your expertise appropriately and safely.