12 months
14200 GBP/year
6900 GBP/year
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The MSc DNA Profiling at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a Forensic Science Society UK (FSSoc) accredited course that aims to instruct in current concepts in molecular biology techniques and laboratory management as applied in the field of Forensic DNA Profiling.

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Programme Highlights:

The various interpretational skills taught in the course follow International Society of Forensic Genetics (ISFG) and SWGDAM guidelines. 

The course syllabus 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 DNA Profiling at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)  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 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. 


You will, on average, attend fifteen hours of lectures/seminars/practicals per week and may participate in both workshops and tutorials. Personal study also forms an integral part of the programme. The students are required to complete challenging assessments that are mostly course work, group projects, presentations, moot court and practical assessments. There is only one theory based examination in the course.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

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

    14200 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 14200 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    6900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6900 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.

Part-time: £765 per 20 credits (UK/EU)


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