Forensic Linguistics, M.A.

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Cardiff University ,
The MA/Diploma in Forensic Linguistics at Cardiff University is an innovative programme which provides students with theory and techniques to critically analyse the use of language in a variety of legal contexts and to critically evaluate expert testimony on forensic matters.
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Course Aims

This degree programme has two main aims:

  • To introduce students 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.
  • 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.
Special Features
  • This innovative programme is the longest running Master’s level course on a forensic linguistic topic. It is well-established and internationally recognised.
  • The Centre for Language and Communication Research has a well established reputation in a broad range of teaching and research areas, including sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, multimodality, health communication, forensic linguistics, systemic functional grammar, phonology, and language education.
  • Graduates have gone on to further study (e.g. a PhD or law degree) or have pursued careers in a number of relevant areas such as policing, the courts and Government.
Skills Acquired

Many of the learning outcomes listed above involve practising skills that are transferable to numerous areas of employment. In addition, students who engage with the programme will practise and develop the ability to:

  • Communicate effectively with others via writing, speech and other means;
  • Think carefully and systematically about problems;
  • Synthesise a range of information efficiently;
  • Use electronic and other sources of information as appropriate to a range of tasks;
  • Plan and manage time effectively;
  • Take responsibility for their own learning programme and professional development.

Programme Structure

Available Modules

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 Legal Processes
  • Forensic Linguistics II: Linguistic Expertise in Legal Processes
  • 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
  • Phonology
  • Language Description
  • Text and Social Context
  • Current Issues in Sociolinguistics
  • Second Language Development and Pedagogy
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Quantitative Research Methods

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
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Academic Requirements

Entry 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 in degrees related to language, linguistics, forensic science, psychology and 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 14750 International
  • GBP 6250 EU/EEA

Part-time programme cost:

  • EEA: £3,125
  • Non-EEA: £7,375


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