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MSc Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting

This MSc Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting course is for experienced interpreters working between a signed and spoken language and 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 from across the UK and internationally. 

Why QMU?

  • Unique opportunity to further your studies: This accessible  online course is perfect for signed/spoken language interpreters looking for  further study to develop  professional practice within a research-informed framework.
  • Staff expertise and experience:  This course is designed and delivered by practising sign language interpreters with experience of research in applied linguistics/translation and interpreting studies.
  • A flexible route to an academic qualification or CPD : Delivered online, this course offers the option to study single modules or study for the full MSc.
  • Responsive: The  course advances the recognition of interpreting skills in specialist domains of work.
  • A practice profession approach to interpreting: Demand Control-Schema is embedded throughout the course to equip students to advance their reflective practice and ethical decision-making.

Who is this course for?

The course is designed to provide a qualification for interpreters working between signed and spoken languages.

More about MSc Advancing Practice in Signed/Spoken Language Interpreting and what you will achieve

This course will enable you 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).

Where applicable, 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 course or by taking single modules as an associate student.

For the MSc, 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)

Structure

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.

Teaching hours and attendance

The course is part-time, with all course material delivered online. Each 20-credit module will equate with approximately 200 hours of study, which will include regular online contact and independent experiential learning. Tutorials are normally scheduled on weekday evenings, for students’ convenience.

Links with industry/professional bodies

In the UK, successful participation in individual modules is recognised as fulfilling the annual mandatory continuing professional development (CPD) requirements of The National Registers for Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD), and the Scottish Register of Language Professionals with the Deaf Community (SRLPDC).

Modules

Core modules:

  • Theory and Practice of Interpreting 1 (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester One. 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 (20 credits):This module will be taught in Semester Two. 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.

The following elective modules, on specialist areas of interpreting, build on the knowledge developed in the core modules*:

  • Interpreting in Healthcare Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester One. Participants will reflect on their professional practice in a range of healthcare contexts, including primary and secondary care environments.
  • Interpreting in Mental Healthcare Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester Two. The module enables participants to explore the dynamics of interpreted interaction in a range of mental healthcare environments.
  • Interpreting in Justice Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester One. The module includes focus on the terminology, protocols and policies of the justice sector in the UK, reflecting on participants’ work in a variety of contexts including police stations, court and prison.
  • Interpreting in Educational Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester Two. The module enables participants to develop understanding of the different stages of education (nursery/primary/secondary/tertiary/higher) and the most effective ways of practicing in these different contexts.
  • Interpreting in Arts and Culture Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester One. The module covers interpreting in both performative and non-performative settings and a range of media (visual arts, dance, drama, poetry, literature and film).
  • Interpreting in Employment Settings (20 credits): This module will be taught in Semester Two. The module extends participants’ knowledge of working effectively with Deaf employees in a range of employment settings, and the social and political influences that impact on interpreters’ practice.
  • Supportive Practice (20 credits): This module is taught in Semester 2, with an extended period of evidence collection extending to August. The module enables participants to extend their own reflective practice towards facilitating the professional development of colleagues.

If studying for the MSc you will also complete a module on Research Methods (20 credits) and a dissertation module (60 credits).

The modules listed are correct at time of publication (October 2022) but are subject to change. In the event that modules change, QMU will seek to use reasonable endeavours to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on students.

*Please check with staff for availability of specialist modules as these offerings will vary from year to year.

Single modules for CPD

Available. Register as an associate student to study single modules in areas of interest. Contact the Programme Team (interpreting@qmu.ac.uk) for more information.

Class sizes

We expect around 5-16 students to enrol for this course each year.

Placement

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.

Careers

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.

Entry requirements

  • Up-to-date registration for BSL/English interpreters from the UK.
  • A minimum of three years of experience post-registration, or  at least three years of experience for those for whom registration is not available.

As applicants are likely to come from a wide variety of backgrounds in relation to previous academic qualifications, each application will be considered individually.

Two references are required (usually from a supervisor and/or colleague in a higher position).

International: International students should be registered as interpreters in their country, where this is available, and have at least three years of experience post-registration or equivalent. This course is delivered in English. Applicants may not need to provide proof of their English Language skills when applying for this course, but all applicants should consider whether they have sufficient English competence to study at this level.

Interview: Online interviews with applicants may be arranged. Applications are welcome throughout the year, but the main entry point for new students is in September each year and applications from these students need to be received by the end of June. Places will be offered on a first come first served basis, and applicants are advised to apply as early as possible.

Start date

MSc: September 2023. Students that have previously studied at graduate level may be considered for early entry directly to the second core module in January.

Single module study: September 2023 and January 2024 start dates are available for associate students studying single modules.

Application deadline

MSc (September entry only): 30 June 2023 

Single module study (September 2022 entry): 30 June 2023

Single module study (January 2023 entry): 30 October 2023

More information and contacts

Course presentation 2022

Please Note:

The delivery of this course is subject to the terms and conditions set out in our 2023/24 Entry - Terms and Conditions (Postgraduate).

Teaching staff is subject to change.

Course Overview

Delivery
Online
Duration
2-7 years part-time
Start Date
September 2023
Start Date
January 2024
Study Abroad
No
School
School of Health Sciences
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