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DNA Profiling

1 year
September 2024

On this demanding and intellectually challenging course you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of the latest concepts in molecular biology techniques and laboratory management in the world of DNA profiling.

Why study with us

  • Accredited by The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences.
  • You’ll be taught by staff who are nationally and internationally recognised experts in the field of forensic DNA profiling.

What you'll do

  • Gain extensive hands-on practical experience in various laboratory techniques, eventually developing the skills to plan and execute a research project
  • You’ll also have access to a field taphonomic research facility for relevant outdoor experimentation, and a moot court.
  • You’ll have access to a state-of-the-art molecular biology facility which is equipped with most modern genetic analysers, PCR and Real Time PCR machines, and next generation sequencers.
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I have really enjoyed gaining lab experience and getting to know the different instruments that professionals use day-to-day. The Professors are amazing and they keep us up to date with the latest techniques. There’s always support if you have any questions.
Carola Sofia De Jesús Concepción
MSc DNA Profiling
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Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of our published course information. However, our programmes are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may cause alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses. Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of accrediting bodies or revisions to subject benchmarks statements. As well as to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.

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How to apply

Academic expertise

Dr William Goodwin
Reader in Forensic Genetics
Dr Judith Smith
Senior lecturer


We have a wide variety of links with local, national and international laboratories and academic institutions, all of which provide valuable contacts for students wishing to enter professions related to DNA profiling. Further details and contacts are available from members of the teaching team.

Future careers

This course will equip you with the expertise needed to pursue a successful career in the forensic DNA profiling sector and related areas such as molecular biology, genetics and population genetics.

Fees and funding

Full-time£9,000 per year
Part-time£1,000 per 20 credits
Full-time£16,900 per year

Scholarships and bursaries

We have a wide range of bursaries, scholarships and funds available to help support you whilst studying with us.

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This course is based in the School of Law and Policing

For information on possible changes to course information, see our essential and important course information

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