Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) (MSc)

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About Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) at Heriot-Watt University

EUMASLI is an innovative international master study programme that is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between deaf and hearing people in Europe. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries.

EUMASLI's strength lies in its international outlook and in its collaborative spirit. Organised and delivered by Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences (Germany), Humak University of Applied Sciences (Finland) and Heriot-Watt University (Scotland), the programme brings together teachers and students from around the world in a joint effort to move the field of sign language interpreting forward. It affords scope for individual development and encourages cooperation across geographical, cultural and conceptual borders.

Over the study period of 2.5 years, students travel to participate in block-seminars at all partner universities and engage in online activities and self-study.

Programme duration

The duration of the EUMALSI programme is 2.5 years

Semester 1
Kick-off event (online): Tuesday, 10 September 2013
Block seminar I (Helsinki): 23-27 September 2013
Block seminar II (Magdeburg): 28 October - 1 November 2013
Block seminar III (Edinburgh): 2-6 December 2013

Semester 2
Block seminar (Magdeburg): 17-28 March 2014

Semester 3
Block seminar (Edinburgh): 1-12 September 2014

Semester 4
Block seminar (Finland): 2-13 February 2015
Concluding event (place to be confirmed): 9-10 April 2015

Semester 5
Registration for MA dissertation: 15 May 2015
Deadline for MA dissertation: 2 October 2015
Colloquium: Mid-November 2015
Course completed by December 2015

Heriot-Watt University: June 2016

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Notes about fees for this course

Status*Part-timeScotland / Non-UK EU£3,480England / Northern Ireland / Wales£3,480Overseas£7,560

* If you are unsure which category you fall in to, you should complete a fee status enquiry form, which allows us to assess your fees.

Additional fees information

Due to national legislation and university regulations it has not been possible to harmonise the fee situation for students on the EUMASLI programme. The situation regarding tuition fees varies depending on the university with which students enrol.

  • Heriot-Watt University: £1588 for Scotland and non-UK EU students (per semester); £1875 for England, Northern Ireland or Wales students (per semester); £3375 for Overseas students (per semester).
  • Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences: 1000 € for the study programme per semester plus a general university fee of 63 € per semester (for all students).
  • Humak University of Applied Sciences: no fees (all students)

In addition to the fees, students are expected to finance travel to and accommodation during block-seminars and other events themselves. Please note that we are not able to provide interpreting services into the various sign languages used by Deaf participants.We appreciate that participation in EUMASLI is a considerable financial commitment, and we aim to minimise costs where possible.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate taught scholarships.

Entry requirements

  • First academic degree: preferably but not necessarily in sign language interpreting or related subjects.
  • Minimum of three year's work experience as a practising professional sign language interpreter by the time of admission to the programme.
  • English language equivalent to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System, IELTS, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages.

While the programme is not specifically designed for Deaf interpreters, we welcome applications by Deaf people who fulfil the general requirements.

English language requirements

Appropriate English language to fully participate in the programme (equivalent to level 6.5 of the International English Language Testing System, IELTS, corresponding to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Languages)

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