Forensic Linguistics Institute


Founded 1994

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Only the Forensic Linguistics Institute offers such a wealth of learning material from real criminal cases to students of our courses. You will learn about language and crime in a direct, practical, professional way.

Who studies Forensic Linguistics?

In the 10 years we have been running these courses we have had judges, lawyers, prison officers, homemakers, students of law, linguistics and psychology, traffic wardens, and people from many other walks of life.

Certificate in Forensic Linguistics

Practical, straightforward Forensic Linguistics introduced in down to earth language. We get right down to the nuts and bolts of textual analysis and measurement, comparisons between texts, transcription skills and the analysis of suicide and threat texts. Graduates of this course include police and prison officers, lawyers and forensic scientists.


The Advanced Certificate in Forensic Linguistics

The Advanced Certificate in Forensic Linguistics builds on the knowledge you have gained at Certificate level, and prepares you for the more detailed material of the Diploma. In this course you will learn to take an investigative approach to language and crime, and develop your observation skills to a high degree using actual case material from real criminal cases.


Diploma in Forensic Linguistics

The Forensic Linguistics Institute Diploma corresponds to Level 6 in the UK National Qualifications Framework, which is the equivalent of an Honours Degree (BA or BSc).

For graduate students in Linguistics and allied disciplines. Builds on and incorporates the Certificate in Forensic Linguistics and adds the following modules: authorship, cell/mobile phone text authorship, forensic transcription, case analysis of two major criminal cases and an independent research project.

Now only £420.00

Forensic Transcription Certificate

In this course you will learn how to transcribe both audio and written material to a high standard of accuracy. The Forensic Transcription Course is an ideal way to make a valuable contribution to the justice system using your language skills.


Advanced Diploma Course in Forensic Linguistics

The Certificate introduces you to Forensic Linguistics: you learn about the main areas of the subject and basic ways of analysing text. The Advanced Certificate takes you somewhat further. You look at reports and are introduced to the role of the forensic linguist. The Diploma represents a considerable step up from your previous work. For the Diploma you look at cases involving forensic linguistic expertise and learn to comment on linguistic evidence. You also undertake an original piece of research on any topic within forensic linguistics. Previous mini-dissertations have been as long as 10,000 words with over 100 bibliographic references.

The Advanced Diploma in Forensic Linguistics takes you to another level: you will learn how to write reports for a court. This will involve studying the forensic linguistic evidence in detail, understanding what is important and what is not, and how to present your conclusions. You will also learn some aspects of the law in relation to expert evidence. Places on the Advanced Diploma are limited. You will need to give some information about your previous academic and/or professional background. Once accepted, you will receive joining instructions. Click here to enquire, giving details of your academic and/or professional background.


For returning or continuing students

If you have already completed the Certificate in Forensic Linguistics course and now wish to take the Advanced Certificate:

If you have already completed the Certificate in Forensic Linguistics course and now wish to take the Diploma in Forensic Linguistics:

If you have already completed the Certificate in Forensic Linguistics course and now wish to take the Forensic Transcription Certificate:


Free introductory units on general linguistics with every course, if required

Forensic Linguistics Institute