• UAB-specific Master's Degree
  • Code: 4086/4
  • 4th edition
  • Modality: Blended
  • Credits: 66 ECTS
  • Start date: 10/10/2022
  • Finish date: 04/06/2023
  • Places: 30
  • Orientation: Professional
  • Price: 4356 €
  • Teaching language: English
  • Location: Hospital de Mataró. Crta. de Cirera s/n 08304 Mataró/ Facultat de Medicina, UAB/ Acadèmia de les Ciències Mèdiques de Catalunya i Balears: Carrer Major de Can Caralleu 1-7, 08017 de Barcelona
Swallowing disorder is a little recognised condition suffered by 30 million Europeans, together with the associated nutritional and respiratory complications. It is very important to heighten awareness of this illness which can lead to serious complications: aspiration pneumonia, increase in cases of asphyxia, malnutrition and dehydration; which can be fatal. Dysphagia also increases the length of stay in hospital and the need for institutional care of the patient.
Populations at risk include both adult and paediatric patients with neurodegenerative diseases, embolism and non-degenerative neurological diseases, brain trauma, the elderly (over 70), patients with head and neck conditions (such as tumours), patients with recurrent pneumonia and respiratory infections.A significant incidence of dysphagia has
also been found in COVID-19 patients, therefore dysphagia being one of its most serious sequelae.
In short, early detection and treatment of oropharyngeal dysphagia is important for preventing complications associated with the illness and reducing the risk of death from malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia.

This Master's degree is multidisciplinary and aims to increase knowledge of dysphagia by offering advanced training in the the specific area of oropharyngeal dysphagia, including professional practice and clinical cases.
The programme is worth 66 ECTS credits and is designed for multidisciplinary professionals from all fields working with dysphagia: geriatrics and rehabilitation, physiotherapy, medicine, nursing, radiology, neurology, ENT, speech therapy, dietetics and nutrition, etc.
This Master's degree does not qualify students for professional practice in itself but aims to increase competences and basic knowledge in the area of dysphagia.

Career opportunities

Given that this postgraduate course is aimed at professionals who are already qualified in different fields, the course does not qualify for professional practice on its own but aims to increase basic competences and knowledge in the area of dysphagia.
The professional areas in which employment opportunities exist are all those in contact with dysphagia: medicine, nursing, radiology, neurology, speech therapy, dietetics and nutrition, ENT, physiotherapy, geriatrics and rehabilitation, etc.

Scholarships and financial aid

Chek all the information on the possibilities for grants and scholarships in the page for UAB financial aids, grants and calls.

Coordinating centres

Departamento de Cirugía

Collaborating centres

Fundació Salut del Consorci Sanitari del Maresme
European Society for Swallowing Disorders


Laura Chércoles

Phone: +34 93 741 7700 ext. 1106

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