The course is designed to provide learners with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in sign language interpreting or translation (SLT/I) within several domains to enhance employability. The qualification with develop theoretical and practical knowledge, skills and performance in interpreting and will be relevant for interpreters who work as sign language interpreters or translators and have English or British Sign Language as one of their working languages.
The course is intellectually stimulating and upon completion learners will have the skills, knowledge and understanding to apply theoretical frameworks to real world interpreting and translation situations, support co-interpreters/translators and engage in complex SLT/I work in the medical, legal and conference domains.
The course adopts an interdisciplinary approach that will enable learners to develop an understanding of complex and challenging SLT/I environments. Skills development includes professionalising working languages, updating your knowledge of new research and its application to our work and critical reflection on one’s own and others practice.
The dissertation will allow the learners to explore an aspect of SLT/I within a research study, after learning appropriate research design for the field.
7IG002 Discourse and Interaction
7IG001 Translanguaging and transnational signed communication
7IG004 Interpreting – Healthcare Settings
7LW019 English Legal System and Legal Skills
7IG005 Interpreting – Legal Settings
7IG006 Interpreting– Conference Settings
7IG003 Critical reflective interpreting practice
7IG007 Interpreting Studies Dissertation (12 months in length)
This programme offers flexibility to students in terms of career choice and meets industry demand because there is a wide appeal amongst employers for students who have both the knowledge, skills and performance as SLT/I and the research skills to develop sector knowledge and expertise.
The course is unique in bringing together situated learning alongside allied professionals, and teaching on the course is undertaken by experienced practitioners (interpreters, translators, nurses, solicitors, etc.). The teaching team have published situated learning and is recognised as a European level for the European forum of sign language interpreters as a leader in training.
The course prepares learners to work as sign language translators/interpreters (SLT/I) within the health, legal and conference domains and is the only course in the country to engage in situated learning alongside allied professions. The profession has been seeking greater levels of specialism for legal and health settings and this course will provide that degree of specialism.
Learners also have the option to progress to higher degree. A master’s qualification prepares graduates for PhD study. Increasingly the department is attracting PhD students in the subject area.
1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems in SLT/I through situational analyses.
2. Act autonomously in planning and implementing of the interpreting task: pre-; during; and post assignment; at a professional or equivalent level.
3. Demonstrate the SLT/I techniques and skills necessary for employment requiring:
4. Critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them.
5. Apply knowledge in an original way, critically analysing how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret knowledge in the discipline.
1. Graduates of the MA Interpreting or those exiting with the Post Graduate Diploma Interpreting will be eligible to apply to NRCPD as Registered Sign Language Interpreter or Registered Sign Language Translator.
2. Graduates exiting with a Post Graduate Certificate, having studied:
7IG003 Critical reflective interpreting practice and;
7IG006 Conference settings and;
7IG004 Interpreting – Healthcare Settings or 7IG005 Interpreting - Legal settings
will be eligible to apply to NRCPD as Registered Sign Language Interpreter.
3. Graduates with a Post Graduate Certificate, having studied:
7IG003 Critical reflective practice and;
7IG004 Interpreting – healthcare settings; and
7IG005 Interpreting – Legal settings
will be eligible to apply to NRCPD as Registered Sign Language Translator.
The entry requirements for the MA Interpreting would include:-
Students may apply for recognition of prior learning (RPL) subject to the guidelines set out in the RPL Handbook. RPL includes accreditation of prior certificated learning and /or accreditation of prior experiential learning.
Applications are also welcome from individuals who do not possess the above qualifications but who have significant interpreting or translation experience and are able to demonstrate previous non-certificated learning equivalent to the above. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
International applicants with an equivalent of a 2:2 or above honours degree in Interpreting of their national sign language and spoken language with either English or BSL at NVQ 6 / C1 fluency and C1 fluency in their native sign language, may be accepted on the course. In such cases, admission to the programme will be based on an evaluation of the applicant’s ability to continue to benefit from and achieve the award. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.
These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/0. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.
Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England was introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan
Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.
University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.
Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (//www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.
If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay.
Please note the fees displayed are for 60 credits applicable each year. If you study additional units, you will be charged accordingly.