The course

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Up to 4 years
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The Languages Interpreting and Translating (LINT) degree at Heriot-Watt University allows you to study French and British Sign Language to degree level.

Students with only one language at post-Higher/A-Level follow an accelerated intensive language course during Year 1 and join the mainstream language courses from Year 2. The degrees focus on practical language skills, communication studies, European studies and linguistics/ translation studies.

In Year 3 of this course you will spend 1 semester abroad at one of our partner institutions immeresed in the French language. The other semester of Year 3 will be spent on an in-work placement in the UK signing community immersed in British Sign Language.


The Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting (ITI).

Accredited by the National Registers of Communication Professionals working with Deaf and Deafblind People (NRCPD) for the purpose of fulfilling the educational requirements to become a Registered Sign Language Interpreter.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Introduction to Language and Intercultural Studies
  • French: Intermediate (1)
  • British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners (1)

Semester 2

  • Introduction to European History and Culture
  • French: Intermediate (2)
  • British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners (2)

British Sign Language: Intensive for Beginners is the equivalent of two standard 15 credit courses. 

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Societies and Institutions in Contemporary Europe
  • French: Advanced (1)
  • British Sign Language: Advanced (1)

Semester 2

  • General Linguistics
  • French: Advanced (2)
  • British Sign Language: Advanced (2) 

BSL: Advanced is the equivalent of two standard 15 credit courses.

Year 3

Students taking BSL and a European language complete two five-month placements. One placement is in the country where their foreign language is spoken (France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico). The other placement is work-based within the UK signing community with an organisation in the field, further developing sign language skills and cultural awareness.

Year 4

Semester 1

  • Dissertation (1)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (1)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (1)
  • International Politics and Organisation

Semester 2

  • Dissertation (2)
  • Translation and Language Proficiency (2)
  • Advanced Interpreting Skills (2)
  • Option

Course Options

  • Translation and Interpreting Studies
  • Applied Linguistics
  • Sustainable Development and Intercultural Context
  • National Perspectives and EU Context
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Work and study

This is what our MA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) (French/British Sign Language) students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 81% are working
  • 5% are studying
  • 0% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 80% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.


  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £18000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £18000


These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Artistic, literary and media occupations
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Teaching and educational professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Leisure, travel and related personal service occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers AAAB including A in language(s) (over two sittings)
  • A-Levels BBB including B in language(s)
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with at least 5 HL in the language(s) to be studied
  • HNC/HND Students who can demonstrate the required language skills will be considered

Additional information

  • Entry routes As our Languages courses include a compulsory year abroad at Level 3, the normal entry route for all Languages courses is to Level 1 of a four-year Honours course. However, candidates with outstanding Advanced Highers or A-Level results may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Intermediate 2 / National 5 / GCSE English is required for all Languages courses.
  • English language requirements Students who are non-native speakers of English will need to achieve either the IELTS test with 7.5 or the CPE with B. The second language may be studied from beginner’s level or from a post-Standard Grade/GCSE level.
  • BTEC Relevant BTEC qualifications are accepted; please contact Admissions Tutor for further details


Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £14,640

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.