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Forensic Linguistics - Double MA with the Hofstra University, New York State


Course Description

Spend two years studying at leading research centres in Forensic Linguistics.

- Develop skills and understanding in forensic linguistics from two leading Centres working with different approaches and under different legal systems.

- The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (http://www.forensiclinguistics.net/) and Hofstra Forensic Linguistics Project (https://www.hofstra.edu/Academics/Colleges/hclas/FLP/index.html) both offers a blend of academic and applied experience.

- Both centres have strong links with police and access to real world data for your teaching and research work.

Visit the website http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/double-ma-forensic-linguistics/

Subject Guide & Modules

An innovative, 2-year Masters programme taught in Birmingham and in New York State (less than an hour by train to Manhattan), which offers students a comparative international perspective on forensic linguistic theory and practice. Students spend the first year at Aston University’s Centre for Forensic Linguistics and the second year of study at Hofstra University’s Forensic Linguistics Project. Successful students will be awarded a full MA from each institution to make up the double award.

Whilst at Aston students are offered identical modules to that of the single MA Forensic Linguistics and will also complete a dissertation whilst studying at Aston.

Successful completion of modules and dissertation is a precondition to progressing to the Hofstra year of study

Learning, Teaching and Assessment

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.

Career Prospects

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.

About LSS

The School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University is one of only a handful of academic units in the UK to span both the Humanities and Social Sciences. In doing so, it draws on a particularly rich and distinguished tradition of teaching, scholarship and research. During the 1970s and 1980s, the Department of Modern Languages (French, German, Linguistics), as it was then known, was one of the UK’s pioneers of the study of language in contemporary society. In 1995, reflecting the growing interest in and awareness of Europe, it became the School of Languages and European Studies. In 2004, we adopted our current title.

Since then, the School has grown rapidly in student numbers and in its academic coverage and now comprises four academic subject groups: English Language, Languages and Translation Studies, Politics and International Relations as well as Sociology and Policy. The School also hosts the Centre for English Language and Communication at Aston (CELCA).

This combination of subjects is almost unique in British Higher Education and leaves the School ideally-placed to investigate how language and society function, both in their own context and in relation to each other. The School is led by its Executive Dean, Professor Simon Green, along with a team of Associate Deans and the Heads of Subject Groups. The School is supported in its work by an Advisory Board comprising key stakeholders in the city of Birmingham and beyond.

Today, therefore, the School of Languages and Social Sciences is a closely integrated, innovative, multilingual and multidisciplinary School with an international outlook. Our degree programmes combine a rigorous disciplinary grounding with a cross-disciplinary, practical and issue-focused perspective. Our main research centres, Aston Centre for Europe (ACE), The Centre for Forensic Linguistics (CFL), The Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture (CCISC), The Centre for Language Education Research at Aston (CLERA) are leaders in their respective fields. We work closely with schools and local partners, both through our research centres and through Routes into Languages and Network for Languages. We play a major role in the University’s Forward 2020 strategy, through providing the Languages for All programme, our research, our placements and our high levels of student satisfaction. In short, the School is at the forefront of delivering ‘employable graduates, exploitable research’.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the Forensic Linguistics - Double MA with the Hofstra University, New York State page on the Aston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Nick Bennellick

I was originally attracted to Aston for my Undergraduate degree because of the emphasis and importance that the university placed on its sandwich year programme. I spent the year working as a teaching assistant in Belgium and the programme gave me the opportunity to gain invaluable skills and experiences.

After having taken modules in Forensic Linguistics during the second and third years of my undergraduate, I became increasingly interested in this topic. Aston is home to the Centre for Forensic Linguistics, and is at the forefront of developments in this field, so it was an ideal place for further studies for me.

As I had completed my undergraduate with Aston, I was entitled to a 10% discount on my postgraduate course. Additionally, I had also applied for, and was awarded, a scholarship offered by the School of Languages and Social Sciences. In exchange for six hours work per week as a conversational English teacher, I was given a further 50% reduction in fees.

The lecturers at Aston are able to communicate their zeal and knowledge of their subjects effectively in lectures and group discussions.

The MA in Applied Linguistics has given me a solid knowledge base for a career in the field of linguistics.

(Student Profile)

Sharon Clampitt

After working for more than 25 years in the field of ESL and bilingual education, I became interested in the field of Forensic Linguistics. Maybe my interest in Forensic Linguistics stemmed from watching an excess of crime scene investigation shows on television, or my close friendships with lawyers and colleagues from the criminal justice department, but after much research I enrolled in Aston University’s Forensic Linguistics program by distance learning.

I had already taken a couple courses when I enrolled in a course called Linguistic Investigation and Evidence. I was very excited when I saw that the course content included authorship attribution! I read with great interest and curiosity about the cases that had been solved related to text messages. It was like reading a mystery novel or watching one of those TV crime shows! "How interesting! I want to do that!" I thought to myself.

When I complete the graduate diploma program, I hope to serve as a consultant to police and legal professionals, and the course LEM 032 Linguistic Investigation and Evidence gave me my first glimpse of what is actually involved in that type of work. It was challenging and fun at the same time!'


(Scholarship)

Scholarships for all MSc/MA students - 3 Awards

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £5,000 scholarships towards tuition fees in the 2015/16 academic year.If you wish to be considered for the scholarship you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following: "How will the LSS MA/MSc Scholarship enhance your career prospects and help you achieve your academic and professional goals? How would you benefit from a scholarship and what difference would it make to you?"

Value of Scholarship(s)

£5,000

Eligibility

The scholarships are available to all students (full-time, part-time, on campus and distance learning) enrolling on LSS MA/ MSc programmes in 2015/16.

Application Procedure

Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA/MSc programme at LSS commencing at Aston University in October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/


(Scholarship)

CELCA Scholarship: For MA students with native speaker competence in English - 3 Awards

The exact nature of this work will be decided at the beginning of the programme but may include providing support to international Postgraduate and International Year Abroad students, the IELTS team, deliver speaking classes for our IYA (International Year Abroad) and KYA (Kansai Year Abroad) students, help conference and workshop organisers, academic visitors or students with special needs. The work will often take place at different times every week - depending on the projects you support.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£3000

Eligibility

The School of Languages and Social Sciences offers 3 x £3000 bursaries towards the cost of the MA tuition fees for students with native speaker competence in English. In return, the students will complete up to six hours a week pastoral work for the School.

Application Procedure

If you wish to be considered for the bursary, you must submit an essay of approximately 1000 words on the following:What do you consider to be your major strengths and weaknesses? How would you be able to support international students on programmes in the School of Languages and Social Sciences?Email your completed essay to [email protected] NOTE: Applicants must hold a conditional or unconditional offer for an MA programme (taught on-campus) at LSS commencing at Aston University October 2015.

Further Information

http://www.aston.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-programmes/languages-social-sciences/fees-financial-support/ma-msc-scholarships-and-bursaries/



Entry Requirements

A good UK Honours Degree (minimum 2.1) in English or a related discipline or an overseas recognised by Aston University, plus two references. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification.

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