University of York

University of York

Forensic Speech Science

This course provides a comprehensive foundation in the aims, practices, and principles of speech analysis for forensic purposes. The course will: provide a thorough grounding in the theoretical underpinnings of forensic speech analysis, especially in phonetics, acoustics, and sociolinguistics/language variation; introduce students to the practical techniques used in forensic speech and audio analysis; provide students with an appreciation of theoretical and methodological problems in performing forensic speech and audio analysis; enable students to apply their skills and knowledge to recorded materials from real criminal cases; enable students to perform original research in speaker comparison and speech content analysis; impart understanding of the role and responsibilities of the forensic speech scientist as expert witness.

Entry requirements

You should normally hold or expect to receive at least a 2.1 or equivalent in your 1st degree. If you're a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you're applying to.

Course modules

Module includes: Introduction to forensic speech science; core phonetics and phonology; core language variation and change; quantitative methods; articulatory and impressionistic phonetics; phonological variation and change; research in forensic speech science; dissertation; research training seminar.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

Key information

Postgraduate Administrator
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01904 322652