Aston University

Aston University

Forensic Linguistics

This programme is designed for students of linguistics and aims to improve students' linguistic skills and understanding such that they can apply them to forensic texts and contexts. There is a strong ethos throughout this programme that forensic linguistics is an application of linguistics and thus students study and improve their knowledge and abilities in the linguistic analysis of spoken and written language. Alongside the linguistics modules students then learn about the legal and forensic contexts and how linguists have developed understandings and critiques of the language of the law and how linguists analyse language to provide evidence in a variety of legal contexts.

Entry requirements

Normally a good UK Honours Degree (minimum of an upper 2nd class) in English or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University; 2 references; applicants whose 1st language is not English must also have: IELTS: 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each component.

Course modules

Core modules: lexicogrammar; analysing written and spoken discourse; analysing written and spoken discourse ii; research methods; linguistics in legal contexts; language as evidence; practical applications in forensic linguistics; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Students take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and supervised practical work. Successful completion of the taught modules is a precondition for proceeding to a 15,000-word dissertation leading to the MA.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time - 1 years
MA Part-time - 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Aston Campus Birmingham B4 7ET West Midlands

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