University of Huddersfield

Degree level: Undergraduate

Linguistics and Criminology

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Course summary

Language is central to the way all aspects of society are conducted, including crime and the criminal justice system. This course enables you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and develop a thorough understanding of the major criminological concepts, theories and perspectives. Why Linguistics and Criminology?

  • State-of-the-art facilities including a forensic linguistics lab, a research and resource centre and conference labs.
  • Opportunity to take a five-week placement as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module.
  • Get involved in the writing, editing and production of the popular department linguistics magazine, Babel (
  • Our team of English academic staff are ranked in the top 5 in the UK for the quality of their research publications (REF 2014).
  • You’ll have the chance to hear from guest speakers such as police officers, drug outreach workers or criminal justice staff.
  • You’ll take part in debates about the latest issues, such as why people commit crime as well as the opportunity to investigate some fascinating topics such as sexual offending, cyber and environmental crime.
The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you with particular relevance to the criminal justice system. The kinds of careers that relate most closely to this course lie in the police and criminal justice system as well as in forensic linguistics and speech analysis. Additional Costs: Placements - The nature and suitability of your work placement is decided in consultation with your tutors. You are responsible for making your own arrangements for any travel or incurred costs in relation to the placement module, or in relation to the optional placement year if you chose to undertake one as part of your degree.

Course details


Year 1 Core modules: Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics Approaches to Language Study Sociolinguistics Introduction to Criminology and Criminal Justice Myths and Realities of Crime Year 2 Core modules: Language in the Workplace Phonetics and Phonology Criminological Explanations Option modules: Choose one from a list which may include: Field Linguistics Corpus Linguistics Pragmatics Then choose EITHER Gender Sexuality and Crime and one module from either pool A or pool B OR one from pool A and one from pool B from a list which may include: Pool A Working with offenders and Victims Approaches to Policing Pool B Organised and International Crime Reducing Crime Violent Crime Year 3 - optional placement year Placement Year Final year Core module: Dissertation in English Language and Linguistics Forensic Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics Option modules: Choose three from a list which may include: Contemporary and Comparative Criminology Experiencing Punishment and the Penal System Substance Misuse and Crime Offenders and Mental Disorder

Assessment method

A variety of assessment methods are used, in order to take into account different learning styles and skills. Methods used include formal reports, essays, textual analysis, formal examinations and oral presentations. Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Mature applicants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Applicants with prior learning or prior experiential learning will be considered individually by the School of Arts and Humanities. Accreditation and applications from international students will be considered on an individual basis, and with advice from the University's International Office. Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

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English language requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to meet the minimum requirements of an English Language qualification. The minimum for IELTS is 6.5 overall with no element lower than 5.5, or equivalent will be considered acceptable.

Read more about the University’s entry requirements for students outside of the UK on our 'Where are you from?' information pages.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Scotland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
EU £15000* Year 1
International £15000* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

This information is for applicants applying to study at the University of Huddersfield in the academic year 2021/22. Please note that your tuition fees for subsequent years may rise in line with inflation (RPI-X). This webpage will be updated with 2022/23 tuition fees as information becomes available. If you are an EU or International student coming to study at the University of Huddersfield, please visit the International Fees and Finance pages for full details of tuition fees and support available - Please email the Student Finance Office ([email protected]) or call 01484 472210 for more information about fees and finance.

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