• Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration

About

Programme Highlights:

The MSc DNA Profiling course syllabus at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) exceeds the recommendation of the Scientific Working Group on DNA Analysis Methods (SWGDAM) USA for the educational requirements for a DNA laboratory technical leader. Intellectually challenging and highly rewarding, the MSc provides excellent hands-on practical learning in various laboratory techniques. It also builds the capabilities to plan and execute a research project. You’ll be well prepared for the forensic DNA profiling sector, including relevant areas like molecular biology, genetics and population genetics.

The MSc was established in 2003 and reflects the research, current practices, and developments within the forensic DNA profiling sector. The students have access to a state of the art molecular biology facility which is equipped with most modern genetic analysers, PCR and Real Time PCR machines and next generation sequencers. The equipment and software’s used during the course has been chosen carefully to reflect a forensic DNA laboratory.

The students also have access to a field taphonomic research facility for relevant outdoor experimentation and a moot court. Our staff includes experienced practitioners who are well known in the field of forensic DNA profiling nationally and internationally. Since we have an active research team with over 16 PhD students, the research environment is a great stimulant during the whole course but especially during the research projects. We have active links with the commercial market leaders within the field.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Forensic Genetics 
  • Laboratory Management and Quality Assurance
  • Evaluation of Genetic Data
  • The Expert Witness in the Legal Process
  • Research Project

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
    Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    91

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Lower Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Lower Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Specific entry requirements for this course are a 2.2 degree in a related field or equivalent professional experience in the discipline.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13950 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13950 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6700 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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Part-time: £3,345 per year for first 2 years (UK/EU)

Living costs for Preston

  • 751 - 1430 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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