Taught course

Forensic & Conservation Genetics

Institution
University of Central Lancashire · School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences
Qualifications
MSc

Entry requirements

Honours degree of the level 2.2 or above from a UK university or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (biology, animal conservation, biomedical sciences, genetics, biochemistry etc); Degree or HNC or HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience; Qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent to any of the above.

Months of entry

September

Course content

MSc Forensic and Conservation Genetics is designed for graduate students interested in developing skills in using genetics for wildlife conservation and animal/wildlife forensic investigations. The course will develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the use of genetics in these fields. Teaching will be carried out using a combination of lectures, practicals and self-directed study, and students will learn the fundamentals of molecular genetics and population genetics that underpin the areas of forensic and conservation genetics. In addition to six taught modules, students will undertake a three-module research project which will develop research skills. Students graduating from this course will be well placed to undertake further research at the doctoral level or take up jobs in forensic/genetics/veterinary/diagnostic/wildlife protection laboratories.

The course is designed for graduate students interested in developing skills in using genetics for wildlife conservation and animal/wildlife forensic investigations. The course will develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the use of genetics in these fields. Teaching will be carried out using a combination of lectures, practicals, and self-directed study, and students will learn the fundamentals of molecular genetics and population genetics that underpin these areas. In addition to 6 taught modules, students will undertake a 3 module research project which will develop research skills. Students graduating from this course will be well placed to undertake further research at the doctoral level or take up jobs in forensic/genetics/veterinary/diagnostic/wildlife protection laboratories.

This course is divided into three parts:

Part 1 lays the foundation for study and includes training in aspects of research and forensic genetics;
Part 2 builds on this knowledge with more detailed specialist training and allows students to work on a group project with simulated casework
Part 3 constitutes the dissertation, a research project undertaken individually by students.

Information for international students

See www.uclan.ac.uk/international

Qualification and course duration

MSc

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Assessment

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

Course contact details

Name
Course Enquiries
Email
cenquiries@uclan.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)1772 892400