All postgraduate students will have the opportunity to engage with the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy.

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MSc DNA Profiling

The MSc DNA Profiling 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. 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.

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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Forensic and Conservation Genetics

This course, which uniquely combines forensic genetic and conservation genetic elements within one of the largest forensic science academic departments in the world, runs in conjunction with other well established and popular MSc courses. Students will learn the fundamentals of molecular genetics, population genetics and phylogenetics that underpin the disciplines of forensic and conservation genetics and develop both theoretical knowledge and practical application. Small cohort sizes will allow the use of a diverse range of assessments and the provision of considerable student support.

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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Forensic Anthropology

MSc Forensic Anthropology is designed to enable graduate students to develop skills in a variety of areas, which concern the processing, analysis and identification of human remains. This postgraduate course provides intensive training in developmental anatomy and osteology, forensic anthropology methods and theory, forensic taphonomy in theory and practice, crime scene investigation and the law, research methods and expert witness and presentation skills. The course has a focus on both domestic forensic anthropology work (e.g. UK and US) and forensic anthropology in the context of international humanitarian work and international criminal investigation.

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MSc Forensic Science

MSc Forensic Science is designed for both graduate students and forensic practitioners. It will develop theoretical knowledge and practical application of the key aspects of forensic science. On this course you will initially cover the fundamentals of forensic biology and forensic chemistry that underpin much of the laboratory analysis associated with forensic investigations. Following on from this, the recovery and processing of a variety of evidence types found at crime scenes will be studied in detail as will the evaluation and presentation of that evidence in a legal context.

During their studies at UCLan, students in the field of forensic science will have the opportunity for:



    Undergraduate students will have the opportunity to shadow crime scene investigators as they conduct their work.
    Based at the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy working alongside experts from within the fingerprints, footwear, drugs and body fluid analysis departments.
    Operationally active scientific support professionals will teach in all aspects of our courses - from forensic practice, case studies and criminalistics through to professional accreditation and laboratory competence.
    Undertake live projects linked to ongoing work of the Lancashire Forensic Science Academy and Lancashire Constabulary in purpose built laboratories.
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