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British Sign Language / English Interpreting and Translation MA/PGDip

British Sign Language / English Interpreting and Translation MA/PGDip

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Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas

Translation British Sign Language English Language British Sign Language Interpreting

Course type


Course Summary

The PGDip in British Sign Language/ English Interpreting and Translation includes theoretically based knowledge of language, linguistics and culture required in order to understand the various client groups’ language choices and interact appropriately with them, and the practical language manipulation skills that are required of competent interpreters. Successful completion of the PGDip allows students to register with the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind people (NRCPD)

The course will promote the necessary inter-relationship of these two elements and apply them in strategies for planning, delivering and reviewing your own professional interpreting work. The overall aim of this postgraduate course is to produce practitioners with high order interpreting skills who will be able to interpret between Deaf people whose first or preferred language is BSL and the many hearing people with whom they interact.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Deaf Studies Language laboratory work-based interpreting assignments, classroom-based lectures, workshops, seminars eLearn discussions.

Written assignments, BSL Presentations, self-evaluations, PDP, AV interpreting evidence in live and simulated settings.


Successful students will be eligible to register and work as Professional British Sign Language interpreters. You will also gain PGDip award in this course.


This module is designed to help the student develop his/her British Sign Language competence and production with particular emphasis on the appropriate use of sign to understand and respond to complex information in the workplace. The student will develop the level of understanding and fluency required to contribute to high-level discussions and explore the appropriate registers and discourse styles for delivering formal, prepared, technical reports.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

Fees 2020/21: Part-time: £775 per 20 credits (UK/EU).

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

Please contact university and ask about this fee

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students need intermediate level British Sign Language skills (i.e. CACDP/SIGNATURE/NRCPD Stage 3 or equivalent), an undergraduate degree in a relevant field or equivalent, potential to achieve postgraduate level academic performance (including linguistic performance), potential to function as a competent member of the target work-force.

University information

University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern university based in the centre of Preston. Offering innovation, world-leading research and real-world practicality to inspire their students, the University provides a high-quality experience. The University offers over 200 postgraduate courses – both taught and research – in a range of subjects. What's more, UCLan is ranked in the top 3.7% of universities in the world, while 16...more

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