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MSc/ PgDip BSL/ English Interpreting (Post-Registration)

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date


  • Duration

    2 years

Course summary

If you’re an experienced BSL/English interpreting practitioner this course provides a unique master’s level opportunity to achieve a recognised academic qualification with a focus on specialist areas of interpreting practice. This course is delivered online making it accessible to interpreters throughout the UK.

The course is designed to provide an online post-registration qualification for British Sign Language (BSL)/ English interpreters in the UK. You will be able to achieve a recognised qualification in your current specialist areas of interpreting or in the areas you wish to develop your practice (for example, healthcare, mental healthcare, legal settings, arts and culture or education). Interpreters will be able to use study on this course to fulfil the CPD requirements of their professional registration body, either by undertaking the full programme or by taking single modules as an associate student.

Why QMU?

  • This unique online course is perfect if you’re a BSL/English interpreter in the UK looking for accessible further study to develop your professional practice within a research-informed framework.
  • You can gain accredited master’s level training for CPD purposes.
  • The course will advance the much-needed recognition of specialist areas of interpreting through the delivery of modules on a range of specialisms.

Course overview

You will complete a range of modules. Two core modules in the Theory and Practice of Interpreting will enable you to gain a grounding in current translation and interpreting concepts and practice. Elective modules will allow you to tailor your study to the areas of professional practice in which you are currently engaged, or areas in which you would like your work to develop.

Exit awards

MSc (180 credits)/ PgDip (120 credits)/ PgCert (60 credits)


To obtain a specific postgraduate award at QMU you must complete a number of credit-bearing modules. You can opt to study for the full MSc, a PgDip or a PgCert. You can also register as an associate student to complete a single module for CPD. On completion of a single module, you may wish to complete further modules and progress your studies to a named award.

Teaching, learning and assessement

The entire course is delivered online. You will use an extensive range of learning technologies and multimedia resources to support directed, independent learning. Contact between staff and students can involve recorded or live online lectures, seminars, case-based discussions and tutorials.

Your performance on the course will be assessed through your engagement with online discussion, case studies, essays and e-portfolios. Students completing the MSc will also complete a dissertation.

Links with industry/ professional bodies

Successful participation in individual modules is recognised as fulfilling the annual mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of the National Register for Communication with Deaf and Deaf-blind People (NRCPD), and the Scottish Register of Language Professionals with the Deaf Community (SRLPDC).


There are no placements on this course, but you will be required to relate your learning to your specialist area of practice. Relevant professional practice or work shadowing is therefore a requirement for enrolment to some modules.


Graduates of this course will be able to bring a more analytical, reflective and evidence-based approach to their professional practice and apply the principles of ethical decision-making to their work in a wide range of contexts.

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University information

Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh

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  • Campus address

    Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Queen Margaret University Drive, Musselburgh, Edinburgh, EH21 6UU, Scotland

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