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.
Once you have completed this course, you could go on to further masters study in a relevant field.
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.
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.
Our Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Dysphagia course is made up of three individual continuing professional development units. The course has a flexible timeframe, and you can study full-time or part-time. If you choose to study part-time, you’ll usually complete at least one unit (20 credits) each year.
On this course, you’ll typically explore topics including normal swallow through the lifespan, screening and clinical evaluation of swallowing, and ethical considerations. You’ll consider nutrition and hydration, oral hygiene, and how to understand chest X-rays.
We teach you through a variety of methods, usually including online weekly workbooks and group forums. In the group forums, you might critique an article, discuss a topic from the workbook with fellow students or reflect on the practice in your workplace.
Your final assessment on our PgCert Dysphagia course is usually a case study (usually 4,500 words).
We suggest that you complete the assessment and intervention-based units before the independent study module but this isn’t essential. Depending on the order in which you choose to complete the units, you're able to start the course in September or January.
For the full unit descriptions, click read more about this year of study below.
Read more about this year of study
Dysphagia: Evidence-based Practice in Assessment
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.
Normal swallow through the lifespan.
Clinical evaluation of swallowing.
Instrumental assessment of swallowing.
Physiotherapy role in dysphagia.
Dysphagia: Evidence-based Practice in Management and Intervention
In this unit you'll explore the management of swallowing disorders in the context of developmental and acquired conditions. This key content will be supported with exploration of related holistic aspects such as ethical issues of dysphagia management.
Evidence-based management approaches to dysphagia.
Managing psychological and social issues.
Medication and swallowing.
Contemporary Issues in Practice (Independent Study Unit)
We've designed this unit to explore the contemporary issues in intervention, you'll get the opportunity to perform a detailed project that can be used to demonstrate to teams, managers or commissioners that an intervention is underpinned by research and clinical evidence. This information could be used to support a business case. Are there areas where you and your team are undertaking innovative practice? This unit can support you to evaluate and write about innovative work and enable preparation of this work to be disseminated to colleagues, or wider to a more formal healthcare audience.
Assessment weightings and contact hours
10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:
Part-time 10% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 90% independent study
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen
field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning
and appreciation of the wider subject.
UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £2,834 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island students
Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £4,834 studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400
Postgraduate Loan Scheme
Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses
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