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Qualification type

MA - Master of Arts

Subject areas


Course type


Course Summary

This 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.

Career path

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.

What skills will you gain?

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:

  • the exercise of initiative and personal responsibility via clear communication of your in-situ decisions
  • decision-making in complex and unpredictable situations
  • the independent learning ability required for continuing professional development.

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.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


3 years

Start date


Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

The entry requirements for the MA Interpreting would include:- -A first or second class (2:2 minimum) undergraduate honours degree from a UK university or overseas equivalent, or a professional qualification and/or experience considered to be equivalent to the above; -A reference from a tutor who has supervised the applicant’s undergraduate studies and/or employer; -NVQ level 6/C1 fluency in BSL. -And/or NVQ level 6/C1 fluency in English. International Entry Requirements: 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.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more