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Full time | Manchester Campus | 1 year | SEP

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

Postgraduate Certificate

Subject areas

Eating Disorders: Counselling

Course type


Course Summary


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 neurochanges in swallowing through life, 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. This means you’ll be taught by experts who understand the theoretical and practical sides of your day-to-day role, and the challenges within 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.

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 (CPD).


Once you have completed this course, you could go on to study a PgDip or MSc degree in your chosen specialism.

This course also supports your work with children and adults with eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties in health, social care or educational settings. Please note, this award is not a certificate of practical competence in dysphagia assessment/management.


In this unit you'll study the assessment of swallowing disorders in the context of developmental and acquired conditions. This key content will be supported with exploration of holistic dysphagia assessment such as multi-disciplinary and ethical aspects of dysphagia assessment.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Part-time fee: £2,400 studied per year. This can be taken as guide for full time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK/ international students

Part-time fee: £5,500 studied per year. This can be taken as guide for full time students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants must have a UK honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject such as health or social care. Applicants with a diploma who have gained significant clinical and professional expertise in the field of dysphagia, or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties, may also be able to enter the course. All applicants should have a basic understanding of eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and practical experience will be an added advantage.

University information

Manchester Metropolitan University offers a welcoming, stimulating and supportive environment in which to study for your postgraduate qualification. More than 6,000 students choose to study for a postgraduate qualification at Manchester Met. In total, the University offers more than 250 postgraduate taught programmes and dozens of postgraduate research areas. The campus is perfectly placed for you to enjoy Manchester, a city world-renowned...more

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