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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
* Research Foundations
* Language Description
* Issues in Applied Linguistics
* Qualitative Research Methods
* Current Issues in Sociolinguistics