The University of Wolverhampton

MScForensic Genetics and Human Identification

Why choose this course?

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.

Intensive Course Program

We deliver our masters programmes in two 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 ten week full-time research project is accompanied by training in scientific writing, project design and oral presentation skills.

Student Services and Guidance

A two week orientation prior to the programme provides assistance and advice for managing the day to day life and familiarisation with the university facilities. The School of Applied Sciences also provides an optional one week transition program for international students.
Our student support offices, and International Centre provide comprehensive support throughout the entire course of study.

Postgraduate Bursaries:

If you commenced undergraduate study at any University in 2012 you may be eligible for a £10,000 bursary

What happens on the course?

Course syllabus

Module Content
Forensic Genetics

DNA analysis methodology. Population genetics. Related statistics and stochastics. Independent study seminars.

Forensic Anthropology Full spectrum of methodology for the Anthropological analysis of skeletal human remains. Morphognostic, metric, histological and molecular analysis. Post mortem decomposition and PMI determination. Osteological practical.
Human Identification from Physical Characteristics Biometric identification methodology. Friction ridge analysis. Facial recognition. Retinal scanning and vein mapping. Individual identifying characteristics (scars, tattoos, etc.). Mass fatality incident identification (Disaster Victim Identification: DVI).
Professional Skills in Forensic Science The Forensic process and its stages. Case files and court reports. Court room skills. Quality control and assurance. Management of mass fatality incidents.
Laboratory techniques Practical skills tool kit. Hands-on lab practicals in Molecular Biology / DNA manipulation.
Molecular Genetics and Genomics Molecular Biology – Theory Module. DNA sequencing and cloning. Chromosomal aberrations and analysis. Hereditary diseases, inheritance and diagnostic Gene therapy. Use of internet based tools such as Pubmed and OMIM.
Research Methods Research skills tool kit. Project specific literature review. Experimental design and project planning. Oral presentation. Statistics and experimental problems
Research Project Research-based experimental project (10 weeks). Independent research in collaboration with a supervisor. Presentation of findings in a seminar. Research thesis.

Why Wolverhampton?

The Masters in 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 and Human Identification based on biometric assessment of physical characteristics incorporated with advanced research techniques and associated professional skills.

With reference to its structure and combination of key topics, this course is quite unique in the national as well as international market, while being designed to generate a postgraduate level of competence in an important as well as exciting area of Forensic Science.

Career path

This course will be good preparation for graduates looking for a career in the disaster victim identification/ mass disaster victim identification areas

Who accredits this course?

This is a new award and does not have accreditation. We will be seeking accreditation by an appropriate professional body in the near future.

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.

Selection of Candidates

Applications are reviewed by an admissions committee of departmental staff. Candidates are selected based on their academic qualifications and referee evaluations.

International student language requirements and application guidance can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/international/apply

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,800 £12,200
Part time £4,900

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Postgraduate Loans: A new system of loans for taught and research Masters courses for students resident in England is being introduced from September 2016. For more information and how to apply online visit: www.gov.uk/postgraduate-loan

Professional and Career Development Loan: The University is a Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL) registered Learning Provider, registration number [4413]. A PCDL is a commercial bank loan that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. For further information on financial assistance to support your learning, please visit the GOV.UK website or contact the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.uk, www.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (http://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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