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MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification

MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification

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Full time | City Campus | 12 months | 20-SEP-21

Study mode

Full time

Duration

12 months

Start date

20-SEP-21

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Genetics Forensic Science (Non-Medical)

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Why choose this course?

The MSc Forensic Genetics and Human Identification is a comprehensive course on Human Identification and Mass Fatality Incident Analysis incorporating the full methodological repertoire of Forensic Genetics and DNA analysis, Physical Anthropology, Crime Scene Investigation and Human Identification based on biometric assessment of a variety of physical characteristics.

Intensive Course Program

We deliver our masters programmes in two semesters of taught subject materials, followed by a full-time intensive research project over the summer.

Throughout the taught section of the program, current and advanced topics in Human Identification are taught by forensic scientists and practitioners in comprehensive lecture series. Lecture topics are discussed in seminars and reinforced in practical teaching sessions.

During our methods units, students learn advanced research techniques and topic related professional skills.
Subsequently, students carry out their independent research project (in one of the featured subjects) in collaboration with a member of the Forensic Science department, based upon a comprehensive literature review and project design.

The ten week full-time research project is accompanied by training in scientific writing, project design and oral presentation skills.

Career Paths

This course will be good preparation for graduates looking for a career in the disaster victim identification/ mass disaster victim identification areas.

Modules

This module aims to provide the postgraduate student with an in dept understanding of the methodology and theoretical background required for the genetic analysis of biological samples in the Forensic context. This will include topics as sampling and preservation of sample material, DNA analysis methodology, the different marker loci applied, concepts in human and population genetics, DNA analysis statistics and stochastics, Bayes? theorem and its application, Human and non-human DNA analysis. Theoretical background and methodology will be introduced in a series of lectures, while associated practical sessions will provide opportunity for application of methodology and the development of topic relevant practical skills.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£10,900

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (per year)

£14,450

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree at 2.2 or above (BSc or equivalent) in Forensic Science or a related subject including Biosciences (Molecular Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics), Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Criminalistics.

University information

The University of Wolverhampton prides itself on being a career-focused university, with extensive business links across a wide range of industries. It has a 98% employability rating for its postgraduate students and offers over 150 postgraduate qualifications. Located in the heart of England, Wolverhampton is within easy reach of the rest of the UK, less than 20 minutes to Birmingham with London, Manchester and Liverpool in easy reach on the...more