Forensic Linguistics, MA/PgDip

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition Fee
    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition fee
  • English
    Language
University rank #99 (ARWU) ,
This programme develops a theoretical and practical understanding of communication in legal settings, including methods of data collection and analysis and training in the examination of Forensic Linguistic evidence.

About

The MA in Forensic Linguistics is an innovative programme which provides you with theory and techniques to critically analyse the use of language in a variety of legal contexts, to critically evaluate expert testimony on forensic matters and to consider the role of expertise in legal systems more generally.

You will receive a grounding in research methods and issues and debates in forensic linguistics. You will acquire tools for evaluating and examining a range of legal language in relation to issues such as power and comprehensibility.

You will develop skills in research and writing at higher degree level and learn to engage with the legal system as a site of social life where important decisions are made through language.

On successful completion of the MA programme you  will have achieved the following outcomes:

  • the application of descriptive data analysis skills in a wide range of spoken and written discourse contexts within the legal process, including emergency calls, police interviews, courtroom interaction, judicial judgments;
  • a critical understanding of investigative data analysis skills in both spoken and written discourse contexts, including such areas as disputed authorship and plagiarism detection;
  • a critical understanding of the work of linguists as advisers and activists on legal systems and settings.

This degree programme has two main aims:

1.         To introduce you to linguistic aspects of the criminal justice system including those which centre on policing and the courtroom whilst also looking to the surrounding legal system. The programme examines issues of justice, fairness and equality in law as they relate to language and communication.

2.         To explore the role of the linguist when interacting with legal and legislative systems by examining the actual or potential impact of linguistics (broadly defined) on criminal investigations and on legal activities and procedures. Here, we examine the work of expert witnesses and linguistic consultants on language and law and consider the opportunities and challenges inherent in research for each purpose.

Distinctive features

  • This innovative programme is the longest running Master's level course on a forensic linguistic topic in the world. It is well-established and internationally recognised.
  • The Centre for Language and Communication Research has a strong reputation in a broad range of teaching and research areas, alongside forensic linguistics, including sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodality, health communication, systemic functional grammar, phonology, corpus linguistics and language education. 
  • You will become involved in the lively research culture in forensic linguistics.
  • You will come into contact with many staff on the forensic linguistics programme who bring expertise on a wide range of forensic topics.
  • As well as undertaking taught modules, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a practical module where you will work on an authentic research project on a forensic linguistic topic. This will provide you with experience of research work, team working and collaboration and an opportunity to hone your research abilities.

Programme Structure

Courses include

  • Language Description
  • Discourse and Social Interaction
  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Text and Social Context
  • Second Language Development and Pedagogy

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    7

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

A 1st or upper 2nd class UK honours degree, or equivalent is usually required. The MA/Diploma in Forensic Linguistics is suitable for graduates who hold degrees related to language, linguistics or law-related disciplines. No legal background will be assumed.

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have a minimum IELTS score of 7 overall.

Some candidates will be invited to attend interview, in person or via Skype. Others will be asked to write a short essay.

There is no fixed deadline although applications which arrive less than a month before the official start date of the course may not be processed in time for a smooth start.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    15500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15500 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7000 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time programme cost:

  • EEA: £3,500
  • Non-EEA: £7,750

Funding

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