Forensic Genetics and Human Identification

In Telford

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  • Typology

    Bachelor's degree

  • Location


  • Duration

    12 Years


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.

Student Services and Guidance

A two week orientation prior to the programme provides assistance and advice for managing the day to day life and familiarisation with the university facilities. The School of Applied Sciences also provides an optional one week transition program for international students. Our student support offices, and nternational Centre provide comprehensive support throughout the entire course of study.

Postgraduate Bursaries:

If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary




Telford (Shropshire)
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Level 3 Southwater One, Southwater Sqare, Southwater Way, TF3 4JG


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To take into account

2018 Entry 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. International Applicants Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements. English Language requirements are normally IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each area (unless otherwise stated) or equivalent accepted qualification

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Course programme

Course syllabus

Module Content Forensic Genetics

DNA analysis methodology. Population genetics. Related statistics and stochastics. Independent study seminars.

Forensic Anthropology Full spectrum of methodology for the Anthropological analysis of skeletal human remains. Morphognostic, metric, histological and molecular analysis. Post mortem decomposition and PMI determination. Osteological practical. Human Identification from Physical Characteristics Biometric identification methodology. Friction ridge analysis. Facial recognition. Retinal scanning and vein mapping. Individual identifying characteristics (scars, tattoos, etc.). Mass fatality incident identification (Disaster Victim Identification: DVI). Professional Skills in Forensic Science The Forensic process and its stages. Case files and court reports. Court room skills. Quality control and assurance. Management of mass fatality incidents. Laboratory techniques Practical skills tool kit. Hands-on lab practicals in Molecular Biology / DNA manipulation. Molecular Genetics and Genomics Molecular Biology – Theory Module. DNA sequencing and cloning. Chromosomal aberrations and analysis. Hereditary diseases, inheritance and diagnostic Gene therapy. Use of internet based tools such as Pubmed and OMIM. Research Methods Research skills tool kit. Project specific literature review. Experimental design and project planning. Oral presentation. Statistics and experimental problems Research Project Research-based experimental project (10 weeks). Independent research in collaboration with a supervisor. Presentation of findings in a seminar. Research thesis.

Forensic Genetics and Human Identification

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