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Study Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics with The University of Edinburgh

Discover our postgraduate qualifications, taught entirely online

Our flexible online programme equips current and future wildlife professionals with the knowledge, skills and global networks to address modern challenges in conservation management and law enforcement.

The need to include genetic data to support population management is increasingly recognised in conservation science, however there remains a lack of scientists with the skills and knowledge to apply population genetic theory to conservation practice. Within this arena, wildlife forensics is an emerging field that delivers forensic evidence to support law enforcement agencies in tackling poaching, animal persecution and the illegal wildlife trade.

What will you learn?

The 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.

This is a selection of the courses offered by the programme:

  • Essential Population Genetic theory and techniques
  • Introduction to Applied Conservation Genetics
  • Introduction to Wildlife Forensics
  • Genetic Data Analysis for Conservation Management and Wildlife Forensics
  • Applied Conservation Genetics and Wildlife Forensics
  • Quality Management in wildlife forensic science
  • Reporting forensic evidence
  • Population genetics for conservation breeding
  • Conservation genetics for reintroductions, translocations and population monitoring
  • The role of wildlife genetics in global conservation challenges

*Subject to change, please check University website for final list of courses offered in any given year.

Entry requirements

A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in biological or biochemical sciences.

Further information on English language requirements can be found on the University website.

Study Applied Conservation Genetics with Wildlife Forensics with The University of Edinburgh

Why study with us?

  • The programme is flexible and modular, allowing you to study at your own pace and around your commitments.
  • You will be taught by world-renowned experts in the field of conservation genetics.
  • You will acquire much needed skills in the fight against illegal wildlife trade.
  • A postgraduate qualification from a world top 20 University will enhance your CV and career prospects.
  • The University of Edinburgh is a world leader in graduate level online education - you can expect high quality programmes that will allow you to learn without the need to relocate.

Career opportunities

This applied programme should equip students with the knowledge, skills and global networks necessary to use DNA analysis as a tool in wildlife conservation. As a postgraduate degree from one of the world’s leading universities, it will be recognised as a valuable, hard-earned qualification that demonstrates both scientific acumen and an ability to translate research into conservation management practice.

Flexible online study - Join our worldwide community where you are

Students on this programme will be part of an online community of wildlife conservation professionals from all over the globe. This programme is modular in structure, offering a flexible student-centred approach to the choice of courses studied. You can exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) or MSc (180 credits).

Individual courses are also offered as stand-alone Continuous Professional Development (CPD) and Personal and Professional Development (PPD).

Register for our PG Online Learning Open Day session titled “Online masters programmes at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies” on Thursday 25th April!

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