MSc Forensic Linguistics (Distance Learning)

Why choose this course?

  • Only current MSc available in Forensic Linguistics by distance learning
  • The Centre for Forensic Linguistics offers a unique blend of academic and applied experience
  • Special entry route for practitioners with no previous experience of linguistics.

Normally a good UK Honours Degree (minimum upper second class) in English Language, Linguistics or a related discipline, or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references.

Those without a relevant prior qualification in linguistics will normally need a good UK Honours Degree (minimum upper second class) or an overseas degree recognised by Aston University, plus two references. These students must begin by taking the Introduction to Linguistics module. 

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.

Duration: Part-time, 2-3 years. Up to a maximum of 5 years may be possible in some circumstances and with the payment of a continuation fee.

Start date(s): October

Intake: Approximately 10 per year

Fees for 2015/16*: UK/EU and Overseas: £8,000
(Non-standard fee - fee quoted is cost of full course payable split over 3 years 40%, 30%, 30% then continuation fee)

*These figures have not been confirmed, but they are expected to be approximately as stated.

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The MSc in Forensic Linguistics builds on Aston’s world-renowned expertise in this exciting area. It will provide you with knowledge and understanding of the whole field of forensic linguistics, from analysing the language of the legal process, to understanding how linguistic analysis can be used as a vital investigative tool. You will gain plenty of hands-on experience of analysing language data from real-life legal contexts. We use teaching materials from genuine cases, including from the Centre for Forensic Linguistics’ own case files, ensuring that you will gain the best possible insight into the field and ensuring that the programme is relevant, up to date, and based on the realities of professional practice.

Sample module options: The following module descriptions are indications only - the modules on offer and the content of the modules is subject to change. 

Core modules:

  Choose two modules from the following options: 

The MSc in Forensic Linguistics is an online distance learning course which can be completed from anywhere in the world, with no requirement to attend our Birmingham campus. All materials have been specifically designed for distance learning, and modules typically involve a series of online presentations given by leading FL academics, supported by additional written material. Once enrolled in a module, you are free to move through the material in your own time and at your own pace (within an overall maximum of one year from enrolment), meaning that study can easily be fitted around other commitments. Students are provided with small consolidation tasks to complete throughout each module, and discussion boards through which you can interact with others working through the same materials. Full lecturer support is provided. 

Assessment involves the submission of written work, for which guidance is provided. There are no exams. A typical assignment would be a 4000-word academic analysis of data collected by the student.

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. This course offers career development opportunities for both linguistic researchers and professionals within the legal process. The course is also an excellent foundation for studies at PhD level.
You will have access to:
  • Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups
  • The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: http://www.aston.ac.uk/library/additional-information-for/distance-learners/
  • University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

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