Manchester Metropolitan University


On this course, you'll consider the evidence behind the assessment and management of dysphagia (difficulties eating, drinking and swallowing). It's designed for professionals working across the health, social care and education sectors. You might be a speech and language therapist, a nurse, or a physiotherapist. You might work with clients who have acquired difficulties as a result of a stroke or Parkinson's disease, for example. Or, you may work with children with swallowing difficulties. Whichever sector you work in, through our Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Dysphagia, you'll reflect on assessment and management practices for dysphagia across adults and children. You'll explore topics including the neurobiological causes of dysphagia, the psycho-social impact on clients, and current management and intervention approaches. You'll complete an independent study project, too. This allows you to apply your new knowledge to a work-based project that's unique to your interests, experience and workplace. At Manchester Met, our academic team has clinical and research experience in the field of dysphagia. In 2015, they completed a study for Health Education North West on developing dysphagia competencies in the speech and language therapy profession. This course builds upon the findings of that project and offers support to increase evidence-based knowledge of working with children and adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties. You can take this as a standalone course or as part of our MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care. Can't fit full-time study around your career? You don't have to complete the full PgCert, you can also study one or two of the units as part of your continuing professional development.

Entry requirements

Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert: Applicants must have a UK Honours degree (or International equivalent) in a relevant discipline. As the assessment involves a case study of a client with dysphagia students should be working with children or adults with dysphagia.

Assessment methods

An assignment of 4500 words or equivalent, appropriate to the student's field of practice.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Postgraduate Certificate - PgCert Part-time September 2019 - 1 Years

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