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?

Recruitment will be after completion of two years of Internal Medicine Training (indicative two years of IM stage 1 training), Acute Care Common Stem Medicine – Internal Medicine (ACCS-IM) or Paediatric Level 1 training (indicative three years). Completion of core training will be evidenced by satisfactory:

  • Foundation competences
  • IMT (2 years) or ACCS-IM (3 years) or Paediatric level 1 training (3 years)
  • Full MRCP(UK) or MRCPC

How long will it take?

All specialist trainees will undertake an indicative five years of training.

What will my training cover?

Training will include experience in allergy, clinical immunology and all aspects laboratory immunology, providing well rounded knowledge and skills in clinical liaison and the ability to investigate and manage patients with suspected or confirmed allergy and immunodeficiency, and ability lead delivery of immunology laboratory service provision. They will develop skills in multidisciplinary management and advanced team working skills. They will be required to gain the requisite knowledge of laboratory test selection, limitations and clinical interpretation.

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.

For further information about the format of exams, visit our exams pages.

The science route

To train to be a consultant clinical scientist specialising in immunology, you’ll first need to become a qualified clinical scientist. You can then enter Higher Specialty Specific Training (HSST) in immunology.