University of Wolverhampton

University of Wolverhampton

Forensic Genetics and Human Identification

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. We deliver our Master's programmes in 2 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 10 week full-time research project is accompanied by training in scientific writing, project design and oral presentation skills. A 2 week orientation prior to the programme provides assistance and advice for managing the day to day life and familiarisation with the university facilities.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a Bachelor�s degree (BSc or equivalent) in Forensic Science or a related subject including Biosciences (Molecular Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics), Physical Anthropology, Archaeology and Criminalistics. Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee of departmental staff. Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications and referee evaluations.

Course modules

Forensic genetics DNA analysis methodology; crime scene investigation crime scene analysis; forensic anthropology; human identification from physical characteristics; professional skills; laboratory techniques; gene technology molecular biology; research methods; research project; research thesis.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time - 2 years
MSc Full-time £ 11,960 per Academic year (overseas fees) 12 months

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
City Campus Wolverhampton WV1 1SB West Midlands

Key information

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0800 953 3222