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Medical Interpreting Diploma

Learn how to interpret and translate medical situations in a range of healthcare settings with our Medical Interpreting Diploma.
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 medical interpreting with us

Our short and flexible medical interpreting course is an ideal starting point for launching a successful career in Public Service Interpreting and Translation (PSIT).

Guided by experts with vast experience in the field, you’ll develop your knowledge through a mix of classroom sessions, self-study, interactive activities and research and reflection. You’ll also 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 earn a stand-alone interpreting qualification that will open up career opportunities in healthcare settings that range from hospitals to paramedical services.

Develop your medical interpreting skills with us

You’ll gain practical experience using our digital language laboratory and conference interpreting facilities. You’ll also learn to work collaboratively using our e-learning technologies.

We’ll also give you 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 know sometimes you’ll need assistance and support when it comes to your studies. During your time with us you'll get assistance from a Personal Tutor. If you require a little extra help we have Student Learning Assistants and Graduate Academic Assistants on hand to help.

If you achieve 1-5 on the University 20-point scale, you’ll be offered direct registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI).

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What will you study on the Diploma in Medical Interpreting?

The Diploma in Medical Interpreting consists of two modules:

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

DPSI: Medical specialisation (30 credits)
This module builds on the learning developed in the Foundation module and teaches you the skills you need to work as a medical interpreter. This 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, health 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 Medical Specialisation module.

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

How can the Diploma in Medical Interpreting support your career?

Public sector and commercial language service providers and private clients 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 Medical Interpreting go on to work in a range of healthcare settings, such as GP surgeries, hospitals and para-medical 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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