In this programme British Sign Language (BSL) is studied to professional level. Students are trained to work as BSL/English Interpreters and Translators and to use BSL proficiently in related professional areas.
The programme focuses on practical and applied language skills, interpreting and translating skills, communication studies, linguistics, translation and interpreting studies and Deaf studies. Uniquely in this programme during year 3 students can either undertake full-time, compulsory placements working in the UK signing community with organisations in the field (self-financed), or study abroad at one of our partner universities. In year four students have the additional opportunity to work closely with professional interpreters in real-life situations on placement, gaining vital work-place experience.
Graduates successfully completing all specified components of the programme are able to register as full Members of the Register of Sign Language Interpreters with NRCPD, the national registration body in the UK for sign language interpreting, and with SASLI, the Scottish Association of Sign Language Interpreters. (NB to be eligible for full registration with SASLI, students must achieve a minimum of grade D for all Level 4 courses.)
Entry to the programme is open to applicants with or without previous BSL experience.
Accredited by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).
Accredited by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for the purpose of fulfilling the educational requirements to become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter.
Work and study
This is what our MA (Hons) British Sign Language (Interpreting, Translating and Applied Language Studies) students are doing six months after graduating:
- 79% are working
- 16% are studying
- 0% are working and studying.
- 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.
- The average salary of students six months after graduating: £19000
- The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000
These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:
- Artistic, literary and media occupations
- Business and public service associate professionals
- Secretarial and related occupations
- Childcare and related personal services
- Teaching and educational professionals
- Business, research and administrative professionals
- Managers, directors and senior officials
- Welfare professionals
- Sales occupations
- Customer service occupations