12 months
6600 EUR/year
6600 EUR/year
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This interdisciplinary Advanced Master of Deglutology at KU Leuven focuses on a theoretical in-depth, research-based approach to train you as a competent professional in the science of deglutition. You will learn a variety of skills, gain hands-on experience, and develop tools used extensively in clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic settings related to this expanding field.

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The Advanced Master of Deglutology at KU Leuven   originated from a high demand for professionals specialised in the care of patients with swallowing disorders in the mouth, throat or oesophagus. 

This interdisciplinary programme will cover all the associated areas of study and equip the student with the necessary tools and experience to enter the workplace with confidence to solve problems and to face the current challenges in clinical care.

Career opportunities

As a deglutologist, you will be an immediately employable professional, able to care for patients of all ages presenting with dysphagia, whose swallowing may have been affected by a variety of underlying medical pathologies such as prematurity, cerebral palsy, stroke, head and neck cancer, neurodegenerative disease, upper gastrointestinal disorders etc. 

Deglutologists find careers in the life sciences domain in the broadest sense, including healthcare, academia and industry. The growing need for deglutologists in medical care and science ensures a large variety of job opportunities in clinical and applied research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Science and Research Training in Deglutology
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Pathophysiology of Deglutition
  • Deglutition and its Disorders in the Paediatric Population
  • Deglutition and its Disorders in Adult Population
  • Assessment of Deglutition in Adult Population
  • Clinical Diagnostic Skills in Deglutology


The programme targets students or professionals with a master's degree in medicine or speech language pathology from an accredited university.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

The programme is intended for candidates or professionals who hold a:

  •  Master’s Degree in Medicine, Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Dentistry. All other relevant Master’s Degrees will be carefully considered and evaluated per individual request.
  • 4 or 5 year University Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy or Dentistry with access to higher degree education (e.g. honours programme providing access to PhD).

  • All applicants will be evaluated by the admission committee.
    •  Credentials regarding prior education: In order to gauge whether the expected entry level matches the applicants curriculum, it is required that the applicant submits a complete transcript of his/her academic records.
    • - Certified copies of transcripts and diplomas are required for all applicants.
    • - A complete list of course titles for which the student has obtained a credit

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 EUR per year during 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6600 EUR/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 6600 EUR per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Leuven

810 - 1280 EUR /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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