Heriot-Watt University

British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) MA (Hons)

Heriot-Watt University
In Currie

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Typology Bachelor's degree
Location Currie (Scotland)
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  • Bachelor's degree
  • Currie (Scotland)
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Home Undergraduate Languages and Intercultural Studies British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) MA (Hons)British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) MA (Hons) How to apply »UCAS codeQ196QualificationMA (Hons)DurationUp to 4 yearsStudy locationEdinburghDelivery typeFull-timeOverviewProgramme contentEmployabilityEntry requirementsFees & scholarshipsOverviewIn this programme British Sign Language (BSL) is studied to professional level. Students are trained to work as BSL/English Interpreters and Translators and to use BSL proficiently in related professional areas. The programme focuses on practical and applied language skills, interpreting and translating skills, communication studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies and Deaf studies. Uniquely in this programme during year 3 students can either undertake full-time, compulsory placements working in the UK signing community with organisations in the field (self-financed), or study abroad at one of our partner universities. In year four students have the additional opportunity to work closely with professional interpreters in real-life situations on placement, gaining vital work-place experience. Graduates successfully completing all specified components of the programme are able to register as full Members of the Register of Sign Language Interpreters with NRCPD, the national registration body in the UK for sign language interpreting, and with SASLI, the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters. (NB to be eligible for full registration with SASLI, students must achieve a minimum of grade D for all Level 4 courses.) Entry to the programme is open to applicants with or without previous BSL experience.AccreditationAccredited by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI). Accredited by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for...

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Edinburgh Campus, Riccarton, EH14 4AS

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What you'll learn on the course

IT
Interpreting
Sign language
BSL
Skills and Training
Translation
Communication Training

Course programme

Year 1

Students take two intensive, practically-oriented courses in British Sign Language, one course in Introduction to Deaf History and Culture, one course in Introduction to Languages and Intercultural Studies, and two Elective courses.

Learning and teaching
  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%
Assessment
  • Written: 6%
  • Practical:0%
  • Coursework: 94%

Year 2

Students again take two intensive, practically-oriented courses in BSL Advanced (which includes language tuition and an introduction to translation and interpreting skills), and one course each in Deaf People in Society and Comparative Studies, General Linguistics, Sign Linguistics and Working with Deaf Communities.

Learning and teaching
  • Scheduled learning: 25%
  • Independent study: 75%
Assessment
  • Written: 0%
  • Practical: 28%
  • Coursework: 72%

Additional information

OverviewIn this programme British Sign Language (BSL) is studied to professional level. Students are trained to work as BSL/English Interpreters and Translators and to use BSL proficiently in related professional areas. The programme focuses on practical and applied language skills, interpreting and translating skills, communication studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies and Deaf studies. Uniquely in this programme during year 3 students can either undertake full-time, compulsory placements working in the UK signing community with organisations in the field...

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