Taught course

Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI)

Heriot-Watt University · School of Management and Languages

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)

Months of entry


Course content


Our innovative international MSc Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) programme is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between deaf and hearing people in Europe. This master’s degree will prepare you to participate in research, development and management functions in your respective country.

Our programme’s strength lies in its international outlook and 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 two and a half years, you’ll travel to participate in block seminars at all partner universities and engage in online activities and self-study.

Our Expertise

Our MSc Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) degree is taught by experienced, leading academics who, in many cases, have published the research which shapes their disciplines and written the books which will guide your learning. Many academics balance teaching time with continued professional practice as translators, interpreters, practitioner psychologists, tax and finance specialists and management consultants. They bring real-world experience to the classroom.

Your learning environment

Our MSc Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI) programme has excellent facilities and is taught in a hybrid mode. The degree combines regular online contact with pre-recorded videos, discussion boards and in-person teaching blocks in the UK, Germany and Finland using lectures, seminars, and practical translation and interpreting activities. This allows you to get to know and build relationships with your peers, the teaching staff and academics.

Additionally, you can join Heriot-Watt’s Languages Society, which holds regular social events in a welcoming environment. They encourage a safe, culturally diverse community where you can explore language and linguistics.

Customise your learning

You’ll learn from nine courses on the syllabus and complete a dissertation.

Your dissertation will allow you to undertake an independent study related to the professional structure and/or the performance of sign language interpreting and translating. You’ll be expected to demonstrate an ability to develop and sustain a logical and consistent argument about the analysis of relevant issues.

This programme is only available part-time. This flexibility allows you to fit your postgraduate studies around your lifestyle.

You may have the opportunity to Go Global on our Inter-Campus Transfer. Opportunities for postgraduate study abroad are assessed on a case-by-case basis and if you are interested in studying at our Dubai campus or Malaysia campus for a semester or longer, you should contact the Go Global Team.


We work with many deaf-lead organisations worldwide, as well as sign language interpreting professional associations, including the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters, to host our research presentations. This ensures that our programme is up-to-date and reflects the current and emerging needs of industry and employers. You’ll gain the right blend of knowledge, practical skills and soft skills to set you up for life after graduation.

Fees and funding

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Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    30 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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