Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities

Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI) (English Law)

The course runs from October 2014 to May 2015

Key information

Key information about this course

LocationMoorgate/Calcutta House
FacultyFaculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Additional accreditationPrepatory course for the DPSI Examination at Chartered Institute of Linguists
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Study LevelShort Course
Course LengthOctober 2014 - May 2015
EntryOctober 2014
Attendance typesFull Time
Full time cost UK and EU students: £1900 or £1710 if paid in full by 16 September 2014
International students: £1900 or £1710 if paid in full by 16 September 2014
Part time cost

Course overview and entry requirements

Course overview

In the last five years the course has been available in the following languages:

Arabic, Czech, Farsi/Dari, French, Hausa, Italian, Lithuanian, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian and European), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Urdu

If your language is not listed, please contact us. However, please note that new language pathways can only be opened for a minimum of 3 students.

English is the main teaching language. Language-specific tutorials are delivered in the respective languages.

Who is it for?

This course is for dedicated students who are committed to developing professional skills to embrace their new career as a public service interpreter.

No previous experience in interpreting is required.

This course is for students with an awareness and understanding of multicultural environments.


Entry requirements

- English and one other language

- Native proficiency in the mother tongue

- Near-native proficiency in the second language

- If English is not your mother tongue: a very good command of English (IELTS 6.5 or TEOFL 267 minimum)

- Very clear pronunciation and elocution

- Students who demonstrate the appropriate entry criteria on their application form  will be invited for an aptitude entry test

What is the aptitude test?

- Translation from English into the Other Language

- Consecutive interpreting from English into the Other Language

- Presentation in English

- Interview with the admissions tutor

- Computer-based English grammar test

- Essay writing in English

Course structure and assessment

Course structure

Morning sessions will be dedicated to learning interpreting skills applied to a specific legal setting. Afternoon sessions will be dedicated to language specific tutorials.

Homework is set after every session. Students will be able to use the London Metropolitan University Library and also the London Metropolitan University’s virtual platform, to learn collaboratively by accessing teaching materials, discussions and other tasks.

The course includes two mock exams to provide students with opportunities to experience the exam process and learn from specific feedback.

Students on the DPSI will be invited to extracurricular activities such as visits, guest speakers, events at no extra cost.


Career opportunities

Career opportunities

Students will develop the required skills to work as  professional Public Service Interpreters in the legal field:

- Consecutive interpreting (in and out of English) 
- Simultaneous interpreting (whispering into English and   out of English)
- Sight translation  (in and out of English)
- Written translation (in and out of English)
- Students will also learn about  the professional legal settings applying to the DPSI English Law option (Immigration, Police, Courts)

Interpreting and Translation Brochure 2013/14


London Metropolitan University further offers a wide range of interpreting courses:

MA Interpreting

MA Public Service Interpreting (Health)

MA Public Service Interpreting (Legal)

MA Conference Interpreting

We were the first university in England to develop the MA in Public Service Interpreting (Health and Legal), demonstrating our expertise in this specific field.

Students from the DPSI will be offered the same extra curricular activities as the postgraduate interpreting students (virtual learning platform, visits, guest speakers, events) at no extra cost.

Excellent facilities with digital recording facilities, filming opportunities, library and online resources.

A dedicated team of lecturers with experience in interpreting and pedagogy applied to the DPSI.

Easy access (next to Tube stations in the City).

Applying and entry

How to apply

Click on the link here and fill the application form and send it to us. Places are limited. We advise you to apply as soon as possible:


DPSI (English Law) Application Form 2014-15


When to apply

10 % discount if course fee is paid in full by 16 September 2014

Payment can also be made by two instalments of £950:  

- first instalment to be paid by 16 September 2014
- second instalment to be paid by 31 January 2015)


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