These online modules are suitable for registered BSL/English interpreters who would like to evidence advancement of their professional practice or work towards achieving a post-registration qualification at postgraduate level (this qualification is currently subject to validation). The modules can form a valuable component of continuing professional development for interpreters, and the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (SASLI) confirm that one module will meet the requirements of their Continuing Professional Development Policy.

Entry requirements

A typical entry is a first or second class honours degree in BSL/English interpreting, or a relevant professional qualification. Entrants are also expected to be currently registered and have at least three years post-registration BSL/English interpreting experience. However, each application will be considered individually. Students wishing to apply for Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2 will normally be expected to have completed the first module, or had equivalent study experience within a university environment.


We suggest that students should spend at least 15 hours on independent learning/course work each week per module, including engagement with online discussions. Students will be expected to dedicate one regular evening per week to synchronous online activity. Where possible these will be scheduled to meet student preferences.

Teaching, learning and assessment

This is a distance learning course and students will engage with staff members and each other through regular contact within the online teaching and learning environment. An extensive range of learning technologies - including The Hub, eportfolio and multimedia resources - will be available to support directed, independent learning. Learning materials may include narrated PowerPoint lectures, video or audio clips, reading materials, case-based data, guided learning activities, discussion boards and self-assessment quizzes. Online seminars and discussion groups will be scheduled to allow maximum participation. Discussions and seminars will also be archived to allow students to review the content after the event. Assessment for different modules may be through case-based assignments, reflective journals, research reports, electronic portfolio and online discussions. For MSc students there is also a final dissertation.


Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1(15 credits at SCQF Level 11)  - This module will be taught in Semester 1, starting in September 2017. The module includes topic areas on theories and concepts of interpreting, an introduction to Demand Control-Schema, linguistic and contextual challenges, and consideration of how quality in interpreting is evaluated. This will function to refresh and update knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of interpreting work, and allow participants to consider these issues from the perspective of experienced practitioners.

Theory and Practice of Interpreting 2 (15 credits at SCQF Level 11) - This module  will be taught in Semester 2, starting in January 2018. The module includes topic areas on co-working, ethical practice, rapport management, professionalism and self care. This module focusses on the softer skills involved in interpreting practice, and will encourage students to reflect on the relationships and dynamics involved in interpreted interaction, and encourage participants to reflect on the sustainability of their professional practice.

Modules, on specialist areas of interpreting (eg healthcare, mental health, justice and education), will start to become available for study from the 2018/19 academic year.

Studying single modules

Students will register as ‘associate students’ for individual modules. Those who wish to progress to study for a postgraduate award may change their student registration status at a later date.

Key details

Outcome: Validation of a PgCert/PgDip/MSc in Advanced BSL/English Interpreting is in progress and we anticipate this will be completed before the end of the 2017/2018 academic year. This will enable students who successfully complete the first two interpreting modules to go on to achieve a postgraduate award in interpreting should they wish.

Start Date: Modules start in either September or January each year.

Duration: Each module is taught over one Semester.   Students wishing to complete postgraduate awards must attain 60 within four years for a PgCert, 120 credits within five years for a PgDip and 180 credits within seven years for an MSc

Application deadline: The deadline for applications for Theory and Practice 2 2017/18 is 24 November 2017. The deadline for applications for the 2018 September intake will be announced in the New Year.

Delivery/ location: Online

Professional registration: N/A

Fees: Fees are charged per module. The module fee for the interpreting modules in the 2017/2018 academic year is £475.

For further information, including application process, please contact: Dr Ben Matthews or Dr Rachel Mapson at or  on  0131 474 0000.

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Course Overview

Each module is taught over one semester.
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January 2018
September 2018
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