MSc Sign Language Interpreting (EUMASLI)

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EUMASLI is an innovative international master study programme that is intended to contribute to the development of the professional field of interpreting between deaf and hearing people in Europe. It aims to prepare participants for research, development, and management functions in their respective countries.

EUMASLI's strength lies in its international outlook and in 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 2.5 years, students travel to participate in block-seminars at all partner universities and engage in online activities and self-study.

Programme duration

The duration of the EUMALSI programme is 2.5 years

September 2024 entry

The deadline for applications from UK students is 30 August 2024. For EU and overseas applicants, we guarantee to consider applications submitted by 2 August 2024.

Course content

Year 1

The programme focuses on three main areas:

  1. international skills and interpreting in international settings
  2. management and development of the profession
  3. doing research

EUMASLI is a 2.5 year part-time programme across 5 semesters.

Semester 1

  • Similarity and Diversity in European Sign Languages
  • Similarity and Diversity in European Deaf Communities
  • Personal Development and Academic Skills

Semester 2

  • Introducing International Sign
  • Interpreting and Translation Studies (incl. Developing Reflective Practice I)

Semester 3

  • Translating Between International Sign and English
  • Developing the Profession (incl. Developing Reflective Practice II)

Semester 4

  • Interpreting Between International Sign and English
  • Research Methods: Sign Language Interpreting and Translation as Profession and Performance (incl. Developing Reflective Practice III)

Semester 5

MA Thesis

For up to date information on individual modules semester dates, please visit the EUMASLI website.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Due to university regulations and national legislation, it is unfortunately impossible to harmonise the fee situation between the different universities. The situation regarding tuition fees varies, depending on the university with which students apply to and enrol.

EUMASLI is a 2.5 year part-time programme across 5 semesters. Fees are due for every semester of enrolment.

For fees for commencement in September, please refer to the EUMASLI website.

In addition to the fees, students are expected to finance travel to and accommodation during block-seminars and other events themselves. Please note that unfortunately we are not able to provide interpreting services into the various sign languages used by deaf participants. However, we aim to provide interpretation between English and International Sign for block seminars, where required.

Scholarships and bursaries

We aim to encourage well-qualified, ambitious students to study with us and we offer a wide variety of scholarships and bursaries to achieve this. Over £6 million worth of opportunities are available in fee and stipend scholarships, and more than 400 students benefit from this support.

View our full range of postgraduate scholarships.

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)

Why Heriot-Watt?

Multilingual Debate

Heriot-Watt University's Multilingual Debate is an annual event that showcases the interpreting skills of students

Clubs and activities

At Heriot-Watt we have an extensive programme of over 90 sports clubs and societies to get involved in. You can try as many as you like or start one of your own!

Edinburgh campus accommodation

Living on our beautiful Edinburgh campus is a great way to meet others from all over the world. Our student accommodation is within easy reach of the teaching buildings, sports facilities, catering venues and the Student Union

Edinburgh Campus facilities

At Heriot-Watt University, we offer a wide range of services to help you deal with all aspects of your life with us, whether these be academic, personal, technical, financial or just plain fun!

Health and wellbeing

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Heriot-Watt Student Union

There's more to university life than simply getting your degree, and Heriot-Watt University Student Union is all about helping you to have the best possible experience while you study here.

Living in Edinburgh

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Sport facilities

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Your career

Employers around the world actively seek out our graduates because they are work-ready. All our degrees are career-focused and relevant to the needs of industry. Around 95% of our students are in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

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