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. With this comes a growing demand for people with 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, 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.

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.

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.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 - 24 months

Course contact details

Department of Biological Sciences