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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.
September 2020
Up to 12 months
£77 per credit (UK/EU) *
£112 per credit (INT) *
Course leader
Brooke Townsley

We’re planning to teach through a flexible combination of online and face to face learning for the first few months of the new academic year. If you’re thinking about starting with us in autumn 2020 or spring 2021, check back for more detail on arrangements for this course in July and August, and see our current plans for teaching and learning.

This course is now available in Clearing.
Follow this link or call 020 8411 6565 for more info

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

With a mixture of collaborative interpreting practice, feedback from your tutors, self-study and research projects using our e-learning technologies and individual tutorials, you’ll develop your skills as a professional interpreter for the health care sector.

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. Students without prior experience will take this module between September and January, in parallel with their Medical Specialisation module.

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.

DPSI: Medical specialisation (30 credits)
This module 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.

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How can the Diploma in Medical Interpreting support your career?

The NHS, private health care providers and language service providers require their linguists to have formal interpreting qualifications. Rates of pay are also higher for qualified linguists. The Diploma in Medical Interpreting is one of these qualifications. Graduates of the Diploma in Medical Interpreting go on to work in a range of settings across the whole of the Health Care sector,

including all parts of NHS primary and secondary care, mental health services and private health care providers. 
Diploma in Medical Interpreting students who score between grades 1 -5 on the 20-point scale (equivalent in level to a first class honours degree) can also apply for registration on the National Register of Public Service Interpreters (NRPSI) without the need to take a Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI). For those who want to get a Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIoL) Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) in addition to their university Diploma, the Diploma in Medical Interpreting provides an excellent preparation for the DPSI exam.

Middlesex University is also a CIoL Exam Centre and a CIoL Higher Education Languages Partner.

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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