Within conservation science there is increasing recognition of the value of genetic data to support management decisions, however scientists and managers with the skills and knowledge to apply population genetic theory to conservation practice are lacking. Within this arena, wildlife forensics is an exciting new field that is attracting increasing global attention in the fight against the illegal wildlife trade.

The PPD/Cert/Dip/MSc in Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics aims to provide a blend of theoretical and practical education in the application of genetic data to wildlife management and conservation law enforcement. The programme will cover all essential aspects, from population genetic theory, through data analysis, to the considerations involved in the interpretation and transfer of scientific findings to management, policy and criminal investigation.

Study Details:

MSc 3-6 Years part-time online PGDip 2-4 Years online part-time online PGCert 1-2 Years online part-time

Module Details:

Year 1
Core courses
Essential population genetic theory and techniques (* Core – 20 Credits)
Introduction to Applied Conservation Genetics (* Core – 20 Credits)
Introduction to Wildlife Forensics (* Core – 10 Credits)
Genetic Data Analysis for Conservation Management and Wildlife Forensics (* Core – 10 Credits)
Year 2
Core courses
Applied Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics (*Core – 20 Credits)
The role of wildlife genetics in global conservation challenges (*Core – 20 Credits)
Elective courses from this programme
Quality management in wildlife forensic science (10 Credits)
Reporting forensic evidence (10 Credits)
Population genetics for conservation breeding (10 Credits)
Conservation genetics for reintroductions, translocations and population monitoring (10 Credits)
Year 3
Dissertation Element (must be written within a 12 month period)


Entry Requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological, biochemical, forensic science or veterinary sciences or a related science discipline.

We may also consider your application if you have a minimum of 3 years’ work experience in a related scientific area, for example molecular biology research/ forensics laboratory work. You may be admitted to certificate level only in the first instance. Please contact the programme team to check before you apply.

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