Taught course

Applied Wildlife Forensics

University of Chester · Department of Biological Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should normally possess a 2:1 degree in a relevant area (or demonstrate equivalent experience in a related field, e.g. forensics, wildlife conservation, habitat or protected areas management, or ex situ conservation).
  • Relevant previous experience in the field is expected.
  • An interview may also be required.

Months of entry


Course content

Course overview

Our course offers you an exciting opportunity to train in the discipline of wildlife forensics, in which the University of Chester is a pioneer. Wildlife conservation is increasingly urgent in today’s world. One key aspect of wildlife conservation is the application of forensic techniques to conservation issues such as wildlife crime. This course focuses on developing professionals who have the specialist academic and practical skills to apply to this problem.

Why Study Applied Wildlife Forensics with us?

We offer this novel area of wildlife conservation in a short course to update or further develop your existing skills. This will be done through the sharing of our expertise in field and lab-based research.

Our staff are passionately involved in pioneering projects, and have helped to lead the development of Wildlife Forensics as an academic subject area, having held the first international conference in October 2010. You will have the opportunity to work closely with staff in this exciting area.

How will I be taught?

Teaching is delivered through Moodle (the University's online platform for teaching), internet discussion boards, and residential school. Residential school includes lectures, lab sessions, field trips and tutorials.

Your learning will include tutor-led, self-directed and peer-based learning. Sessions are typically delivered over a 10-week period; however, some modules are delivered through week-long workshop/lab sessions or field trips.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is via continuous assessment ­– e.g. lab/essay assignments; critical assessments/reviews; reports; in-class individual/group oral presentations; portfolios; and preparation and presentation of posters. There are no examinations.

Modules typically require 200 hours of study time, including:

  • 21 hours of lectures, seminars, group discussions and laboratory/field activities
  • 10 hours of tutorial support
  • 169 hours of directed self-study.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PGCert
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Department of Biological Sciences