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Applied Wildlife Forensics, Postgraduate Certificate

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #1001 (WUR) Chester, United Kingdom
The Applied Wildlife Forensics course offers you an exciting opportunity to train in the discipline of wildlife forensics, in which the University of Chester is a pioneer.

Overview

Wildlife conservation is increasingly urgent in today’s world. One key aspect of wildlife conservation is the application of forensic techniques to conservation issues such as wildlife crime. This course focuses on developing professionals who have the specialist academic and practical skills to apply to this problem.

Why study this Applied Wildlife Forensics course at the University of Chester 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.

The 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Conservation Genetics
  • Wildlife Crime
  • Biodiversity Informatics

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper 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

UK/EU
  • Applicants should normally possess a 2:1 honours 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.

International

  • Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. 
  • We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5232 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5235 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5232 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5235 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Living costs for Chester

  • 660 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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

Funding

The University of Chester offers generous international and merit-based scholarships for both undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the published headline tuition fees. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when submitting an application and any award given will be shown on your offer letter.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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