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MSc Forensic Speech Science

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Speech Therapy

Course type


Course Summary

Our MSc in Forensic Speech Science combines general linguistic-phonetic theory and method with extensive practical experience in analysis of forensic materials.

We have designed the MSc in conjunction with one of the world's leading forensic speech laboratories, JP French Associates and you'll have the opportunity to go on site and observe the working practices of the laboratory.

You'll learn about theoretical and methodological problems in performing forensic speech and audio analysis. You'll be able to apply your skills and knowledge to recorded materials from real criminal cases, as well as develop expert witness communication skills. The course also enables you to perform original research in speaker comparison and speech content analysis.

The MSc provides you with the necessary skills for further work in the forensic domain and related employment. It is also excellent preparation for a PhD in phonetics, sociolinguistics, language variation and change, or acoustics.

Course content

In Term 1 you'll study a general introduction to linguistics (especially language variation), phonetics and acoustics, and will be introduced to forensic applications in those areas.

In Term 2 you'll expand your knowledge and skills in speech analysis, and perform detailed work on a variety of recorded materials using a range of practical methods. You'll also attend forensics labs sessions which are not assessed.

In Term 3 you'll apply your knowledge and analytic skills to authentic forensic materials, with a focus on case work in speaker identification. You'll also go to the JP French Associates laboratory to shadow real life forensic work.

Careers and skills

Our graduates have gone on to employment with police services and forensic laboratories, and have become academic researchers. This programme provides you with the requisite skills, understanding, and knowledge to work effectively and increase your employability in forensic domains as well as in related fields such as the police, emergency call services and security services.


This module aims: to develop students' awareness of the core phenomena which phonological theory must account for; to develop students' awareness of different theoretical approaches to the analysis of these core phenomena, and their ability to evaluate competing analyses; to equip students with skills in data analysis methods which can be used to provide empirically based evaluation of theoretical claims and hypotheses in phonology.

Tuition fees

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

2:1 or equivalent.