Taught course

Forensic and Conservation Genetics

University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an honours degree of 2.2 or above from a UK university (or its equivalent) in an appropriate discipline eg, biology, zoology, animal conservation, forensic science, genetics. Typically, our students have a 2.1 degree or higher qualification.

Months of entry


Course content

This course, which uniquely combines forensic genetic and conservation genetic elements within one of the largest forensic science academic departments in the world, runs in conjunction with other well established and popular MSc courses. Students will learn the fundamentals of molecular genetics, population genetics and phylogenetics that underpin the disciplines of forensic and conservation genetics and develop both theoretical knowledge and practical application.

Small cohort sizes will allow the use of a diverse range of assessments and the provision of considerable student support. Teaching will be carried out using a combination of lectures, tutorials, practicals, computer workshops and self-directed study. In addition to six taught modules, students will undertake a three-module research project which will develop laboratory and research skills. Depending on availability, students may also have an opportunity to visit and gain field experience at the Maasai Centre for Field Studies in Kenya.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations25
Written coursework / continuous assessment31
Research project44

Course contact details

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