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Legal Interpreting Diploma

Get the skills to help meet the increased demand for qualified legal interpreters and translators caused by global migration.
October 2019
January 2020, depending on modules studied
Up to 18 months, depending on modules studied
£77 per credit (UK/EU) *
£112 per credit (INT) *
Course leader
Brooke Townsley

Why study legal interpreting with us

Qualified legal interpreters and translators are in high demand – and our legal interpreting course gives you the expert knowledge and practical experience to pursue exciting career opportunities in both the UK and abroad.

Through a mix of classroom sessions, self-study, interactive activities and research and reflection, you’ll gain the essential training to take the Institute of Linguists Educational Trust Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) exam.

As well as your DPSI training, you’ll also gain a stand-alone interpreting qualification that will open up career opportunities in both criminal and civil justice settings.

Develop your legal interpreting skills with us

You’ll have access to our digital language laboratory and conference interpreting facilities – and you’ll learn to work collaboratively using our e-learning technologies.

Additionally, you’ll get the flexibility to tailor your studies to your preferred language combinations.

If you’re an experienced linguist, you’ll be able to apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning, which will give you direct entry into the second module.

Get the support you need to succeed

We ensure every student has adequate support throughout their time with us. That’s why you’ll get matched with a Personal Tutor as well as a Student Learning Assistant and a Graduate Academic Assistant. They’ll have experience in your subject area and will be able to help whenever you need.

If you achieve 1-5 on the University 20-point scale, you’ll automatically be able to register on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI).

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What will you study on the Diploma in Legal Interpreting?

The Diploma in Legal Interpreting consists of two modules:

DPSI: Foundations (15 credits)
This module is designed for those new to the discipline of interpreting and translation. It is a spring term module and runs from January to June each year.

DPSI: Legal Specialisation (30 credits)
This module builds on the foundations laid in the Foundations module and teaches you the skills you need to work as a medical interpreter. The module runs from October to April/May. In addition to preparing you to graduate with an undergraduate level interpreting and translation qualification, the module prepares you for the Chartered Institute of Linguists Educational Trust Diploma in Public Service Interpreting, legal option.

Those with 100 hours of accredited interpreting experience, the Level 3 Certificate in Community Interpreting or an academic background in languages can apply to be considered for direct entry into the Legal Specialisation module.

  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. How to apply
  1. UK & EU
  2. International
  3. Additional costs

How can the Diploma in Legal Interpreting support your career?

The Court Service and UK Police forces, and the language service providers who supply them, increasingly require their interpreters to have formal interpreting qualifications. This is usually the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) or an equivalent Level 6 qualification. Graduates of the Diploma in Legal Interpreting go on to work in a range of judicial settings, such as police stations, Magistrates and Crown Courts, tribunal hearings, prisons and probation services.

Brooke Townsley
Course Leader

Brooke Townsley (MA, RPSI, FCIOL) is senior lecturer in public service interpreting and translation in the School of Health and Education. He worked as a legal interpreter and translator with English and Turkish in the Criminal and Civil justice systems before joining the university in 2000, having lectured in legal interpreting and translation.

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