M.A. Forensic Linguistics

Cardiff University | Cardiff, United Kingdom
This degree programme has two main aims: (1) To introduce students to linguistic aspects of the criminal justice system including those which centre on policing and the courtroom whist 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 both types of research.

Description of Forensic Linguistics

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The MA/Diploma in Forensic Linguistics is a modular programme with modules taught over two semesters (PG Diploma or for the MA, Stage 1), followed by a supervised dissertation (for the MA, Stage 2) of between 14,000 and 20,000 words between May and September when taken as a 1 year, full time degree programme. Assessment of the taught component is by coursework only. The part-time modular programme involves following the same modules over two years.

Students take the four compulsory modules listed below which provide a thorough and wide-ranging view of language and the law and forensic linguistics from a variety of methodological and theoretical perspectives along with a vital grounding in research methods and processes:

  • Forensic Linguistics I: Language in the Legal Process
  • Forensic Linguistics II: Comprehensibility and Linguistic Evidence
  • Projects in Forensic Linguistics
  • Foundation module: Core Skills, Principles and Issues involved in Language and Communication Research

Below is an indicative list of optional modules

  • Discourse and Social Interaction
  • Multimodality
  • Phonology
  • Research Foundations
  • Language Description
  • Issues in Applied Linguistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics

Detailed Course Facts

Tuition fee Not specified
Start date October  2015
Duration full-time 12 months
Languages
  • English
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Delivery mode On Campus
Educational variant Part-time, Full-time

English Language Requirements

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7
CAE score
193(Grade B)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

Requirements for Forensic Linguistics

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

Work Experience for Forensic Linguistics

No work experience is required.

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