University of Central Lancashire

University of Central Lancashire

DNA Profiling

The course is designed for both graduate students and forensic practitioners; it develops theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of forensic DNA profiling; students study the fundamentals of molecular genetics and population biology that underpin the discipline of DNA profiling; the interpretation of DNA evidence is examined in detail, which involves the analysis of complex DNA profiles (degraded and mixed) and the statistical analysis that is central to the interpretation of DNA profiles and presentation of evidence.

Entry requirements

2.2 Honours degree or above from a UK university or the Council for National Academic Awards (CNAA) or its equivalent in an appropriate discipline (biology, biomedical science, genetics, biochemistry); degree or HNC/HND in an appropriate discipline, together with appropriate professional experience.

Course modules

Modules include: Forensic genetics 1; forensic genetics 2; research methods; population genetics and statistics; group project; expert witness; dissertation research project.

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on a combination of coursework and examination and includes an MSc dissertation project. You will be encouraged to present your research findings at international meetings.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 6,000 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,450 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 500 per Module (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Preston Campus Preston PR1 2HE North West

Key information

Course Enquiries
Telephone number: 
01772 892400