Taught course


Manchester Metropolitan University · Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

The PgCert in Dysphagia can be taken as a stand alone programme or as part of the MSc Advanced Practice in Health and Social Care. Applications to the MSc can be made using our online form. Should you wish to only apply for the PgCert or PgDip, please apply using the postgraduate application form. If you prefer, it is possible to study just one or two of the units available as continuing professional development without completing the full PG Cert.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PCert
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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