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Medical Interpreting Diploma

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October 2019
January 2020, depending on modules studied
Up to 18 months, depending on modules studied
£77 per credit (UK/EU) *
£108 per credit (INT) *
Course leader
Brooke Townsley

Recognition of the importance of professional interpreting in medical settings is increasing, both in the NHS and globally. Our Diploma in Medical Interpreting is designed to equip you with the theory and practical experience to provide interpreting and translation in a range of healthcare settings.

Why study the Diploma in Medical Interpreting at Middlesex University?

This flexible programme prepares you for a successful career in Public Service Interpreting and Translation (PSIT) through a mix of self-study, interactive activities, research and reflection and classroom sessions taught by experts with extensive experience and a track record of EU-funded research and development.

You will have access to our digital language laboratory and conference interpreting facilities and have extensive use of e-learning technologies for collaborative learning and teaching activities. The core curriculum can be taken in English, paired with most languages. We don't specify a set list of language combinations.

Course highlights

  • Those new to the field of interpreting and translation will benefit from a short foundation module to prepare you for your specialisation in legal interpreting
  • You will be offered direct registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) if you achieve 1-5 on the University 20-point scale on completion
  • You will be trained to undertake the Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) exams
  • You will gain an undergraduate level stand-alone interpreting qualification in addition to your DPSI training
  • Experienced linguists can apply for Accreditation of Prior Learning allowing for direct entry into the second module
  • You will gain preparation for the IoL Educational Trust Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) examination (pass rates available on request)
  • As a student of this course you'll receive a free electronic textbook for every module.

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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.

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  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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Legal Interpreting Diploma

Start: October 2019, January 2020, depending on modules studied

Duration: Up to 18 months, depending on modules studied

Code: P191

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