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Postgraduate Programme in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies)

Barcelona, February - June 2015

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  • Language: Spanish
  • Starting date: 23 February 2015
  • Finishing date: 13 June 2015
  • Class times:

    Classes are taught from Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 7 pm. Saturdays from 9 am to 2 pm.

  • Program type: Postgraduate Program
  • ECTS: 30
  • Modality: On-Campus
  • Tuition fees: 3.920,00 €
  • Internship: optional
  • Location:

    Balmes Building

The Postgraduate Programme in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies) is structured into the following postgraduate courses:

Forensic Phonetics
Authorship Determination/Attribution
Plagiarism Detection

In turn, the Postgraduate Programme in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies), together with the Postgraduate Programme in Forensic Linguistics (Legal and Judicial Language) , make up the University Master in Forensic Linguistics .

Students studying for a diploma in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies) will learn how to:

• Manage information, documentation and knowledge in multilingual environments.
• Compile, label and encode multilingual resources.
• Process natural language.
• Generate IT tools for general and multimedia applications.
• Apply statistical and multivariate analysis to natural language.
• Generate and apply speech technology to identify speakers and establish linguistic profiles, in addition to generating automatic systems for determining and attributing authorship and detecting plagiarism.

This specific training programme in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies) takes advantage of contexts that call for experts who work in the interface between applied linguistics, law and new technologies:

• Geographical context (bilingual [Catalan, Spanish] and multilingual [the Government of Catalonia's language planning policy on the command of a third language; European Union's policy on language planning] reality).
• Social context (business, legal field, public health, social well-being, teaching).
• Professional context (certain professional fields: translators, communicators, linguistic mediators, technical and linguistic consultants).

The main fields of activity of these experts in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies) are:

• In judicial organisations and institutions and in companies:
- Developing speaker identification systems (speech technology).
- Determining and attributing authorship of a text, letter or anonymous notes, in a trial
- Determining the existence of plagiarism.
• In healthcare institutions:
- Developing tools for people with language pathologies and specific communication needs (speech technology).
- Developing tools that enable experts to act in forensic medicine and psychiatry.

Why this program?

  1. Because it has been developed in collaboration with the Forensic Linguistics Laboratory at IULA (University Institute of Applied Linguistics at UPF), one of the most prestigious linguistic research centres in Spain.
  2. Because you will learn to use the most up-to-date technology in forensic phonetics (Computer Speech Lab), plagiarism detection (CopyCatch, VARBRUL and GOLDVARB), and author identification (different programs for forensic analysis of style and idiolect).
  3. Because you will have classes with professors such as Jordi Cicres, expert in forensic linguistics, and professor at the IULA; Malcolm Coulthard, former president of the International Association of Forensic Linguists and linguistic legal counsel in civil and criminal trials; and Francesc Ariza, private detective and expert in evidence collection, legal trials and forensic medicine, as well as forensic linguistic professionals from the FBI and the national police force.


This postgraduate programme is structured into three postgraduate courses that represent the three most relevant areas in Judicial Linguistic Technical Studies: Forensic Phonetics, Plagiarism Detection and Authorship Attribution. They may be studied independently. Passing the three courses enables the student to gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Linguistics (Forensic Linguistic Technical Studies).



Potential candidates

This programme is aimed at graduates of Linguistics, Translation, Philology and other fields such as Law, Journalism and Psychology who wish to specialise in applied forensic linguistics and study the interface between language and law.

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