MA in Forensic Linguistics

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Eleanna Mataragka
MA in Foresnic Linguistics

Entry requirements

A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2.1) in English or a related discipline.

 Alongside linguistics modules, students will learn about the legal and forensic contexts. You will explore how linguists have developed understandings and critiques of the language of the law and methods of analysis to provide evidence in a variety of legal contexts

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Strong links with police give you unique access to real world data for your teaching and research work.
Unique practical applications of Forensic Linguistics give you hands on experiences and possibly a placement in the field.
Aston's Forensic Linguistics academics help improve the delivery of justice.
Apply linguistic skills to forensic texts and contexts

Duration: Full time 12 months. Part-time 24 months.
Start date(s): October

Entry requirements:
A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2.1) in English or a related discipline or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. 
Mathematics - C/4 or above at GCSE (or equivalent).

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Fees for 2018/19: 
UK/ EU: £6,500 
Non-EU: £14,400 
*Part-time students pay a pro-rata version of full-time fees.  

Application: We recommend that overseas students apply before the end of June due to visa requirements as these can take a few weeks to process.

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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. To complete the programme students complete a short practical project or placement and then research for a dissertation.

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only -  the University reserves the right to change the modules on offer, the module content and the assessment methods.

Core modules:
  • Lexicogrammar (LEM051) 
  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse (LEM001) 
  • Analysing Written and Spoken Discourse II (LEM050) 
  • Research Methods (LRM001) 
  • Linguistics in Legal contexts (LEM012) 
  • Language as Evidence (LEM059) 
  • Practical Applications in Forensic Linguistics (LEM060) 
  • Dissertation (LRM005)


You will 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.
The course is for students interested in a career in research in this important and growing area, or those whose existing careers would be advanced by specialised training. The  course is also an excellent foundation for studies at PhD level.
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